David Price will try his best to make this a match-up of aces Thursday night as he and the Red Sox face off against Dallas Keuchel and the Astros.
|BOSTON RED SOX||HOUSTON ASTROS|
|Mookie Betts, RF||Jose Altuve, 2B|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||George Springer, RF|
|Xander Bogaerts, SS||Carlos Correa, SS|
|David Ortiz, DH||Tyler White, DH|
|Hanley Ramirez, 1B||Marwin Gonzalez, 1B|
|Chris Young, LF||Carlos Gomez, CF|
|Travis Shaw, 3B||Luis Valbuena, 3B|
|Christian Vazquez, C||Erik Kratz, C|
|Jackie Bradley Jr., CF||Jake Marisnick, LF|
|Starting Pitcher -- David Price||Starting Pitcher -- Dallas Keuchel|
Unfortunately for Price, he hasn't exactly pulled an easy opponent for the start where he's trying to show the change in his delivery was to blame for his early-season struggles. The Houston Astros are among the best in the game at hitting southpaws this season, ranking fourth, just behind, well, the Red Sox, and then by only a hair.
That means it might be a rough night for Dallas Keuchel too, of course. After all, he is coming up against a team with 40 runs in their last three games. But if Keuchel has also been struggling early in the season, he sacrifices some of Price's garish peripherals for more middle-of-the-road results. His bad outings are all clustered together, too, and come right before his last start, where he tossed seven innings of two-run ball against the Mariners. While the Red Sox certainly caught Sonny Gray at the exact right time, it's possible they've just missed on Keuchel.
First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. ET with broadcasts on NESN WEEI, and the MLB Network.