Red Sox ace David Price will get his first taste of the team’s rivalry with the Yankees on Sunday night when he faces off against righty Nathan Eovaldi in the series finale.
Price has had an up-and-down start to the season, but despite some shaky outings he has not suffered a loss. His record sits at 3-0 with a 5.76 ERA and 1.28 WHIP. In his last outing on Tuesday against the Braves he looked sharp, going eight innings and allowing two runs on six hits. He walked two and tied his career high in strikeouts with 14.
“I don’t care about strikeouts,” Price said after the game. “I just want to go out there and pitch as deep as I can into games. … I just executed whenever I was ahead.”
In 31 appearances (30 starts) against the Yankees, Price is 13-7 with a 4.04 ERA and 1.299 WHIP. He has walked 62 and struck out 173 in 191 2/3 innings.
Eovaldi is 1-2 through four starts with a 4.38 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. In his last outing on Monday against the Rangers, however, he was dominant. He went seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits, and even took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning. The 26-year-old Texas native walked two and struck out six as the Yankees went on to win 3-1.
“In the fifth inning. I realized I had [a no-hitter] going on. Once it’s over with, it’s over with,” Eovaldi said following the outing. “And I just want to try to go as deep in the game as I can. … When it was hit, I thought it was an out. But with the shift, the ball made it through.”
Added Mark Teixeira on Eovaldi’s performance: “We saw tonight what we saw toward the end of last year, and we’d love for that to continue. Uncomfortable swings. You can tell how good a guy is and how good his stuff is by the reaction of the hitters. They’re swinging at pitches in the dirt or they’re swinging at pitches over their heads because it’s just an uncomfortable at-bat.”
In three career starts against the Red Sox, Eovaldi is 2-0 with a 4.24 ERA and 1.412 WHIP. He has walked two and struck out seven in 17 innings.
Yankees vs. Price (LHP)
Mark Teixeira (71 plate appearances): .203 AVG/.282 OBP/.391 SLG, 3 doubles, 3 home runs, 8 RBIs, 6 walks, 9 strikeouts
Jacoby Ellsbury (67): .333/.373/.508, 4 doubles, 2 triples, 1 home run, 4 RBIs, 3 walks, 6 strikeouts
Alex Rodriguez (65): .237/.308/.390, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run, 4 RBIs, 6 walks, 24 strikeouts
Brett Gardner (37): .207/.333/.207, 3 RBIs, 6 walks, 6 strikeouts
Brian McCann (30): .345/.367/.655, 3 home runs, 7 RBIs, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts
Carlos Beltran (25): .250/.280/.333, 1 triple, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts
Chase Headley (20): .421/.450/.632, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 3 RBIs, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts
Aaron Hicks (15): .308/.400/.462, 2 doubles, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts
Dustin Ackley (12): .182/.250/.273, 1 double, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts
Didi Gregorius (12): .273/.333/.273, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts
Austin Romine is 1-for-2 with an RBI and one walk.
Red Sox vs. Eovaldi (RHP)
Hanley Ramirez (13 plate appearances): .385 AVG/.385 OBP/.692 SLG, 1 double, 1 home run, 4 RBIs, 2 strikeouts
Mookie Betts (9): .222/.222/.333, 1 double, 2 strikeouts
Xander Bogaerts (8): .125/.125/.125, 1 RBI
Brock Holt is 1-for-6 with two strikeouts.
David Ortiz is 3-for-6 with one strikeout.
Dustin Pedroia is 2-for-6 with a home run and one RBI.
Josh Rutledge is 2-for-4.
Chris Young is 0-for-2 with a walk.
Ryan Hanigan is 1-for-2.
Travis Shaw is 0-for-2.