The Red Sox will send ace David Price to the hill against Edinson Vólquez for game 2 of a doubleheader vs. the Royals on Wednesday night.
It hasn’t been the start to the season that Price has hoped for, despite holding a 5-1 record. He also has a 6.00 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP in eight starts. However, the 2012 AL Cy Young winner had a solid outing in his last appearance on Thursday after adjusting his pitching mechanics. Price struck out 12 and allowed only six hits and one earned run in 6 2/3 innings in an 11-1 Red Sox win against the Astros. It was the third time that the southpaw recorded at least ten strikeouts this season.
“I allowed myself to get into my power position,” Price said following his performance. “It’s something I’ve worked on for the last four days leading up to this start. It was a big key for me and it helped out a lot.”
Price has pitched vs. the Royals six times in his career, earning a 2-0 record, a 1.93 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP. His ERA facing Kansas City is his third best behind only the Dodgers and the Pirates. The 30-year-old last squared off against the Royals in Game 6 of the 2015 ALCS, receiving a no-decision after allowing three earned runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings pitched.
Opposite of Price is Vólquez, who is 4-3 with a 3.51 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. The native of the Dominican Republic recently snapped a three-game losing skid in a 5-1 victory over the Braves. The right-hander gave up only one earned run on six hits through seven innings pitched.
“I wanted to make sure I throw the ball for strikes,” Vólquez said after the game. “I had good movement on my fastball. I used my fastball a lot and they made contact. It was easy for me to get a lot of ground balls.”
Vólquez has started vs. the Red Sox four times in his 11-year career. He holds a 1-0 record and a 4.32 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP when facing Boston. Most recently, Vólquez pitched against the Red Sox on Aug. 23 of last season, letting up five earned runs and nine hits in six 2/3 innings pitched in an 8-6 Royals win.
Red Sox vs. Volquez (RHP)
Hanley Ramirez (23 plate appearances): .217 AVG/.269 OBP/.261 SLG, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts
Chris Young (15): .133/.278/.333, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, 3 walks, 7 strikeouts
Josh Rutledge (12): .417/.462/.583, 1 triple, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts
Dustin Pedroia (10): .200/.200/.200, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout
Ryan Hanigan (9): .111/.200/.111, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts
Mookie Betts (6): .333/.333/.833, 1 home run, 1 RBI
David Ortiz (6): .000/.222/.000, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 1 strikeout
Jackie Bradley Jr. is 2-for-3 with 2 doubles, 2 RBIs and a strikeout.
Brock Holt is 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
Royals vs. Price (LHP)
Kendrys Morales (21): .238/.273/.238, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts
Alex Gordon (14): .214/.214/.286, 1 double, 2 RBIs
Eric Hosmer (11): .182/.182/.182, 2 strikeouts
Lorenzo Cain (11): .364/.364/.636, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout
Omar Infante (9): .222/.222/.667, 1 double, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 1 strikeout
Salvador Perez (9): .333/.333/.667, 1 home run, 2 RBIs
Alcides Escobar (7): .286/.286/.286
Mike Moustakas (7): .143/.143/.143, 3 strikeouts
Christian Colon (6): .500/.500/.500, 1 RBI