Saturday afternoon’s Red Sox-Yankees matchup will feature the streaking David Price opposite right-hander Bryan Mitchell.
Price is 16-8 with a 3.81 ERA and a 1.167 WHIP in 31 starts. Over his last seven starts Price has been dominant, going 7-0 with a 2.16 ERA.
“He’s thrown much more consistent quality starts,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said (via MLB.com). “He’s on a run right now that might be the best run of his career inside not only these seven consecutive wins he’s recorded, but the second half of the season. He continues to increase his power, he’s maintained his direction through the lane in which he’s intending to execute pitches.”
On Monday, Price went eight solid innings, giving up just two runs, two hits (both home runs) and no walks with nine strikeouts in a 12-2 win over the Orioles.
“A guy like David is pitching as well as anybody in baseball is right now,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “That’s why he can command those type of commitments they made to him. That’s a great example of how important those guys are.”
Against the Yankees, the southpaw is 14-9 with a 4.35 ERA and a 1.340 WHIP in 34 games (33 starts). This season against New York, Price is 1-2 with a 7.79 ERA and a 1.788 WHIP in three starts. His last outing against the Yankees came in July when he pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs, 11 hits and one walk with one strikeout in a 3-1 Yankees win.
Mitchell is 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA and a 1.909 WHIP in two starts. The 25-year-old right-hander was expected to make the Yankees’ Opening Day roster, but he fractured his left big toe in his final spring training appearance and missed most of the season because of the injury. In his last start on Monday, he lasted just 2 1/3 innings, giving up six runs (two earned), eight hits and no walks with two strikeouts in an 8-2 Dodgers win.
Against the Red Sox, Mitchell has yet to record a decision. In four games (7 1/3 innings), he has posted a 6.14 ERA and a 1.773 WHIP. His last appearance against Boston was in September of last year. In two innings of relief work, he allowed two runs, two hits and two walks with two strikeouts.
Yankees vs. Price (LHP)
Mark Teixeira (77 plate appearances): .214 AVG./.286 OBP/.386 SLG, 3 doubles, 3 home runs, 9 RBIs, 6 walks, 10 strikeouts
Jacoby Ellsbury (75): .357/.400/.543, 6 doubles, 2 triples, 1 home run, 6 RBIs, 3 walks, 6 strikeouts
Brett Gardner (48): .211/.326/.211, 3 RBIs, 7 walks, 8 strikeouts
Brian McCann (30): .345/.367/.655, 3 home runs, 7 RBIs, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts
Chase Headley (28): .370/.393/.519, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 3 RBIs, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts
Didi Gregorius (17): .400/.438/.533, 2 doubles, 4 RBIs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts
Billy Butler (16): .231/.313/.231, 1 RBI, 2 walks
Austin Romine (10): .250/.333/.375, 1 double, 3 RBIs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts
Starlin Castro is 4-for-8 with 1 double, 1 RBI and 1 walk.
Eric Young is 2-for-4.
Rob Refsnyder is 0-for-3 with 1 strikeout.
Ronald Torreyes is 1-for-3.
Red Sox vs. Mitchell (RHP)
Xander Bogaerts is 1-for-3 with 1 double.
Mookie Betts is 0-for-2.
Jackie Bradley Jr. is 2-for-2 with 1 RBI.
Brock Holt is 0-for-1 with 1 walk.
Deven Marrero is 0-for-2.
Travis Shaw is 1-for-2 with 1 strikeout.
Ryan Hanigan is 0-for-1 with 1 strikeout.
Bryan Holaday is 0-for-1.
Dustin Pedroia has 1 plate appearance and 1 walk.
Christian Vazquez is 0-for-1 with 1 strikeout.