As the Red Sox attempt to fight poor odds, they’ll have to do it without two impact members.
It has been announced Thursday afternoon that the Boston Red Sox will be forced to skip David Price in his start against the New York Yankees. Additionally, rookie sensation Michael Chavis will likely be shut down for the remainder of the season.
David Price is having issues with his wrist and won’t pitch in the Yankees series. Rotation for the Yankees is now bullpen, bullpen, Porcello and Rodriguez … Michael Chavis aggravated his oblique strain and is shut down. Seems unlikely he plays again this season.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) September 5, 2019
Despite the common narrative – no David Price is not skipping a start because it’s against the New York Yankees. At this point, his start doesn’t dictate the season outcome and if he’s unable to be effective, what’s the purpose in taking the ball? Alex Cora has made it clear that the season will rest on the ability of the Red Sox pitching, as they’ve added a mind-boggling 17 pitchers to the active roster.
Truthfully, it’s a difficult task to ask for two staff days against one of the best ball clubs in baseball. There’s a high probability that the Red Sox will turn to newly-signed veteran Jhoulys Chacin, Mike Shawaryn, and Brian Johnson as the arms to provide some length. Do any of the mentioned names inspire confidence in a win-or-go-home remainder of the season? Absolutely not. However such has been the narrative of the 2019 Boston Red Sox, and barring a comeback mirroring the Tampa Bay Rays of ’11, it’s likely that the season may come to a closer sooner than later.
In regards to Michael Chavis, it’s disappointing that a breakout season ended in injury. While it was never incredibly likely that he’d take home American League Rookie of the Year (thanks to Yordan Alvarez or Vlad Guerrero Jr.) those chances are now gone. He’ll conclude with 18 HR’s, 58 RBI’s and will look to cut down on one of the league’s worst strikeout rates (33%).