Sale Day was a thing as soon as he put on a Sox uniform. We’re just about at the end of Price’s 3rd season with a red “B” on his cap, and his 2nd half run is just about worthy of saying PRICE DAY as he pitches like the Cy Young pitcher they gave $210 million to.
The Sox look to close the 2 game series with a sweep, and hopefully a comfortably convincing win. This team sorely needs it. With 30 games left, you take any win that you can get… but last night’s win was an ugly one. The bullpen served up 6 runs in the 8th & 9th innings, and the last 2 runs scored by the Sox came virtue of a wild pitch and an error.
David Price takes the mound for the Sox in what has been his best stretch ever as a member of the Red Sox.
Since All Star Break – 6 starts (4-0, 1.09 ERA)
41.1 innings, 29 Hits, 5 Runs, 1 HR, 7 Walks, 40 Ks
His ERA is the lowest mark by a starting pitcher since the All-Star break. Visions of a mentally fit Price and healthy Sale, would be just a deadly 1-2 punch in the month of October. He hasn’t faced the Marlins since way back on June 4, 2014. In that matchup he went 7 innings, giving up 5 Runs (1 ER).
Trevor Richards takes the ball for the Marlins, starting his 20th game of his rookie season. Along with all rookies, he’s had his ups and downs. The season ERA currently sits at 4.23, but he’s finding a groove as he has produced a 3.27 ERA since the break. Working in his favor against the Sox batters is that he has been really stingy to get HRs off of, just 9 served up across 95.2 innings. Something that isn’t working in his favor? He has a high tendency to walk batters, 43 to be exact in which makes his WHIP up around at 1.42.
Richards might be feeling homesick tonight.
Home – 9 starts (2-3, 3.28 ERA)
49.1 innings, 41 Hits, 18 Runs, 4 HRs, 16 Walks, 45 Ks
Away – 10 starts (1-4, 5.24 ERA)
46.1 innings, 52 Hits, 28 Runs (27 ER), 5 HRs, 27 Walks, 52 Ks
David Price — Career vs Miami Marlins in 4 starts, 1-3 with a 3.42 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 47 games (44 starts), 24-7 with a 3.06 ERA.
Starlin Castro – 8 for 20 (.400 avg) 2 Doubles, RBI, Walk, 2 Ks
Bryan Holaday – 0 for 2, 2 Walks, K
Castro and Holaday are the only active Marlins hitters have previously faced Price.
Trevor Richards — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 1 start, 0-1 with a 10.38 ERA. In that start he was knocked around in 4.1 innings, giving up 5 Runs off of 8 Hits. This is his first career start at Fenway Park.
Boston Red Sox:
Andrew Benintendi – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) K
Mookie Betts – 1 for 3 (.333 avg)
Xander Bogaerts – 1 for 2 (.500 avg)
Jackie Bradley Jr. – 0 for 1, Walk, K
Brock Holt —–
Ian Kinsler —–
Sandy Leon —–
J.D. Martinez —–
Mitch Moreland —–
Eduardo Nunez – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) Double, RBI
Steve Pearce —–
Blake Swihart —–