The 2019 opening series didn’t go as planned. The first three games had duds by the rotation in which Rick Porcello capped off with a brutal outing, allowing 9 runs total.

Red Sox Starting Pitching:

(0-3, 13.20 ERA)

15 innings, 28 Hits, 28 Runs (22 ER), 8 HRs, 11 Walks, 15 Ks

Amazingly, the Sox could’ve walked away from Seattle with a 3-1 edge as the offense overall is clicking on all cylinders. The opener aside, Red Sox batters really made Mariners pitchers work to avoid the rallies that came at them hard. JD Martinez has been leading the Sox charge (.412 avg, 2 HRs, 7 RBIs). He is the first Sox player since Shea Hillenbrand in 2003, to have an RBI in his first four games of the season.

David Price takes the mound for the Sox in his first start of the season, and hopes to end the rotation’s current skid. The bullpen has pitched admirably to this point. But the more early exits that happen, the team will be forced to make a roster move to call up a fresh arm. Fresh off the 2018 postseason, where really he should’ve hoisted the WS MVP trophy, Price begins his fourth season as a Boston Red Sox.

Across 30 starts in 2018, he produced a 16-7 record with a 3.58 ERA. That went along with 177 Ks in 176 innings of work (30 starts). From 2010-2016, he had only one season of pitching fewer than 200 innings. Tonight Cora is optimistically hoping for a night where he won’t have to call on the bullpen before the 6th inning.

Aaron Brooks takes the ball for the Athletics. The soon-to-be 29 year year old right hander is having a limited starting rotation role, as he is filling in for the injured Chris Bassitt. Brooks debuted back in 2014 with the Royals, and has appeared sparingly since then with KC and the Athletics. Across 60.2 innings, MLB hasn’t been kind to him, as showcased by his career ERA of 8.01.

First Pitch — 10:07 ET !!!

David Price — Career vs Oakland Athletics in 10 starts, 4-3 with a 3.31 ERA. Career at Oakland Coliseum in 8 starts, 3-3 with a 3.25 ERA.

Oakland Athletics:

Mark Canha 2 for 6 (.333 avg)

Matt Chapman0 for 2, Walk, K

Khris Davis3 for 9 (.333 avg) Double, HR, 4 RBIs, Walk, 3 Ks

Robbie Grossman3 for 11 (.273 avg) Double, Triple, HR, RBI, Walk, K

Nick Hundley —–

Ramon Laureano —–

Kendrys Morales 8 for 35 (.229 avg) Double, HR, 3 RBIs, Walk, 8 Ks

Josh Phegley 1 for 9 (.111 avg) HR, RBI, Walk

Chad Pinder 1 for 6 (.167 avg) 2 Ks

Stephen Piscotty 2 for 4 (.500 avg)

Jurickson Profar 3 for 6 (.500 avg) Triple, RBI, Walk, 2 Ks

Marcus Semien 5 for 19 (.263 avg) 2 Doubles, 2 RBIs, 5 Ks

Aaron Brooks — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 1 game, 0-1 with an 8.10 ERA. In that relief outing loss, Brooks gave up 3 ER off of 6 Hits in 3.1 innings. Career at Oakland Coliseum in 6 games (4 starts), 1-1 with a 5.92 ERA.

Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi —–

Mookie Betts 1 for 2 (.500 avg) Triple

Xander Bogaerts 2 for 2 (1.000 avg) 2 Doubles

Jackie Bradley Jr. —–

Rafael Devers —–

Brock Holt 1 for 1 (1.000 avg) Triple, RBI

J.D. Martinez —–

Mitch Moreland —–

Eduardo Nunez —–

Blake Swihart —–

Sam Travis —–

Christian Vazquez —–