“Just Win” is the only summation that I can come up with, when thinking about today’s game. It’s only April 6th, 153 games to go…. and yet this feels like a must win game. Further emphasis why is the fact that tomorrow’s starter is still up in the air, it’s gonna be either Hector Velazquez or newly called up Marcus Walden (would be his first career start).

The stats thus far are an eye sore. The Red Sox’s run differential is sitting at -26, that’s the worst mark at this point of the season since 1927. Their rotations holds an ERA of 9.60, and yes that is dead last in MLB. Also get the “honors” of highest batting avg, most walks and most HRs served up. Speaking of HRs, Price today will look to stop the 9 game stretch of a starter allowing at least 1 HR a game.

Price is making his second start of the season, hoping to get the Sox back in their winning ways. While Porcello didn’t pitch as bad as his stat line shows, he still carried on the bad habits being displayed by Sox pitchers. On Monday Price pitched six innings giving up 4 ER in Oakland. Even with the 3 HRs served up, it was still at that point the best start of the season by a Sox pitcher. He still got nine A’s batters to look foolish and head back to their dugout.

New Diamondback Luke Weaver takes the ball today. While having just 53 games in the majors (52 as a Cardinal), his career ERA sits a pedestrian 4.85 and has a 1.46 WHIP. A frustrating part of this year’s Sox has been the hitters not being able to attack no name starting pitchers. I’d personally like to think that Weaver had a lump in his throat last night as he saw the Sox batters come alive for the last two innings for seven runs total.

First pitch: 8:10 ET !!!

David Price — Career vs Arizona Diamondbacks in 2 starts, 2-0 with a 2.81 ERA. In those two starts, he has given up 5 ER off of 17 Hits in 16 innings. In that stretch he has walked just 2 batters, while striking out 19 D-Backs. First career start at Chase Field.

Arizona Diamondbacks:

Nick Ahmed —–

Alex Avila – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) RBI

Jarrod Dyson —–

Eduardo Escobar – 3 for 18 (.167 avg) Double, K

Wilmer Flores —–

Adam Jones – 17 for 75 (.227 avg) 6 Doubles, 3 RBIs, 3 Walks, 19 Ks

Carson Kelly —–

Ketel Marte – 0 for 4, K

John Ryan Murphy – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) Double, 2 Ks

David Peralta —–

Ildemaro Vargas —–

Christian Walker —–

Luke Weaver —–

Luke Weaver — First career start vs the Boston Red Sox. First career start at Chase Field.

Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi —–

Mookie Betts —–

Xander Bogaerts —–

Jackie Bradley Jr. —–

Rafael Devers —–

Tzu-Wei Lin —–

J.D. Martinez – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) HR, 4 RBIs, K

Mitch Moreland —–

Eduardo Nunez – 0 for 1

Steve Pearce —–

David Price —–

Blake Swihart —–

Christian Vazquez —–