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Red Sox vs. Mariners lineups: Red Sox need Price to bring home the series

The Red Sox need David Price to bring home a series win against a good opponent. Something they've gone too long without.

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The Red Sox have yet another chance to win a series against a strong team. One hopes that this time they will actually take advantage of it with David Price on the mound.


Mookie Betts, RF TBA
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Hanley Ramirez, 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Chris Young, LF
Travis Shaw, 3B
Christian Vazquez, C
Starting Pitcher -- David Price Starting Pitcher -- Taijuan Walker

Despite facing mostly good teams in the intervening weeks, the Red Sox have somehow not managed to take a series from one since they went 2-1 against the Indians from May 20th to May 22nd. Since then: 0-3-2, but never swept. Just one game in any of those series would've made it a win, just as this one game today would do so.

The good news: they have David Price on the mound. Even though he's been facing powerhouse lineups with some regularity, he's not allowed more than three earned runs since his May 7th disaster against the Yankees. Since then, we've seen the fix, and the fix' results: 50 innings of 2.68 ERA ball. David Price is David Price again.

The bad news: the Mariners have Taijuan Walker, who's pretty damn good in his own right. He left his last start early with an Achilles issue, so it's possible he's not at his best just now. Adding to that, he's been extremely up-and-down of late. But I wouldn't exactly count on Walker being bad on any given day. Just not a great bet to put on a pretty good pitcher.

First pitch is at 1:35 p.m. ET with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.