The Red Sox will send David Price to the mound Monday night against the Tampa Bay Rays, hoping he'll be as good as he was the last time he faced his old team.
|BOSTON RED SOX||TAMPA BAY RAYS|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||Logan Forsythe, 2B|
|Xander Bogaerts, SS||Kevin Kiermaier, CF|
|David Ortiz, DH||Evan Longoria, 3B|
|Mookie Betts, RF||Brad Miller, 1B|
|Hanley Ramirez, 1B||Matt Duffy, SS|
|Sandy Leon, C||Tim Beckham, DH|
|Chris Young, LF||Steven Souza Jr., RF|
|Aaron Hill, 3B||Mikie Mahtook, LF|
|Andrew Benintendi, CF||Luke Maile, C|
|Starting Pitcher -- David Price||Starting Pitcher -- Blake Snell|
The Red Sox have a whole lot of games left against the Rays in 2016, which is theoretically a very good thing for them given that the Rays have some 70 losses on the season already. Tampa Bay had been giving the Red Sox quite a bit of trouble early in the year, but the Sox swept them last time out, and are now on a bit of a roll. Yes, they only split the series against Detroit, but the deck was really stacked against them all things considered, so simply avoiding the series loss is a victory in its own right.
So in many ways the Sox are hoping that things largely stay the same tonight. They're hoping they're the team that's been winning games and the one that swept the Rays in July. They're hoping that David Price is the guy who put up eight scoreless rather than the one who got knocked around a little bit in the prior series against Tampa Bay.
They're also hoping Chris Young is the guy he was when he went on the disabled list, which he stands a good chance of being given that he's up against a lefty. Snell isn't necessarily a bad one of those--lots of walks, but lots of strikeouts, a bit like a more successful Henry Owens--but Chris Young often doesn't care, so long as they throw with the right hand.
Or, rather, the left hand. Which is the right one. The correct one. You know what I mean.
First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. ET with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.