It’s probably a good thing that David Price isn’t going to face the Yankees tonight. The pitcher was diagnosed with “mild” Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, a diagnosis manager Alex Cora called a “best-case scenario” for the embattled starter. I won’t even get into the ridiculousness of that situation here. But for the Red Sox, having him out of the rotation might be beneficial against their now co-first-place Yankees.
Over his last 22 innings, Price has deteriorated rapidly, allowing 17 earned runs on 26 hits and 11 walks. It’s a hard fall from his first two outings of the season, seven scoreless innings apiece.
Instead, Rick Porcello’s start has been moved up a day. He will pitch tonight, followed by Eduardo Rodriguez on Thursday. While I’m concerned about Price, I’m pretty happy with the reshuffling they’ve done to replace him. Porcello is currently 5-0 overall this season. The current Yankees are batting .196 against him, and the 2016 Cy Young-winner has only given up 33 hits, 7 homers, 15 RBIs to them. He has 39 strikeouts against them over 168 at-bats.
As for ERod, I’d take almost anyone over Price, but it turns out ERod has actually fared pretty well against the Yankees in the past. The Yankees are hitting .308 against him, compared to the .330 they’re hitting against Price. ERod hasn’t faced the Yankees yet this season, but Price barely has either; he lasted just one inning against them in April, giving up 4 runs before exiting the game.
Yankees Career Statistics (via ESPN):
The Yankees have faced Price in more than twice as many at-bats as ERod, but hopefully, that means they haven’t had as much time to figure him out. Meanwhile, the Red Sox will have to figure out how to deal with a once-again injured Price, as well as a litany of lineup issues.
Oh, and they also need to figure out a way to beat the Yankees.
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