David Price will take the mound Saturday afternoon against his old team the Blue Jays as the Red Sox try to make it three straight wins in Fenway Park.
|BOSTON RED SOX||TORONTO BLUE JAYS|
|Mookie Betts, RF||Kevin Pillar, CF|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||Josh Donaldson, 3B|
|Xander Bogaerts, SS||Jose Bautista, RF|
|David Ortiz, DH||Edwin Encarnacion, DH|
|Hanley Ramirez, 1B||Troy Tulowitzki, SS|
|Travis Shaw, 3B||Chris Colabello, 1B|
|Brock Holt, LF||Russell Martin, C|
|Christian Vazquez, C||Darwin Barney, 2B|
|Jackie Bradley Jr., CF||Ezequiel Carrera, LF|
|Starting Pitcher -- David Price||Starting Pitcher -- Marco Estrada|
The last time the Red Sox faced Marco Estrada, it...did not go well. At all. To the point where not even David Price could've won the game on his own. There's something to be said for the difficulty of facing a knuckleball one day and literally anything else the next as they did in Toronto. And that would be a mitigating factor if they hadn't just faced the same knuckleballer yesterday.
But they did. And they beat up Dickey again. And now they need to prove they can hit Estrada, regardless of who they faced the game before.
If they do, well, they should be in good shape. David Price was bad in his first outing in Fenway Park. That probably won't keep happening, though, as he is David Price, and no, the rest of the Red Sox rotation is not contagious. Please, please tell me the rest of the Red Sox rotation is not contagious. I'm pretty sure there's no real mechanism for that.
First pitch is at 4:05 p.m. ET with broadcasts on NESN, FS1, and WEEI.