Red Sox ace David Price will look to bounce back on Tuesday night in Atlanta when he takes the mound opposite young righty Matt Wisler and the Braves.
While Price has not yet lost a game this season (his record sits at 2-0 through four starts), his ERA sits at a disappointing 7.06 and he has a 1.38 WHIP. This is due largely in part to his last outing on April 21 at home against the Rays. After the Red Sox offense gave him a five-run lead in the first inning, he lasted just 3 2/3 innings, allowing eight runs on eight hits. He walked two, struck out five and served up two home runs in the outing.
“That’s the best I’ve felt in my four starts here,” Price said after the game. “To me, that’s the most disappointing thing. To feel the way that I felt, [I just didn’t] get the results that I expect.”
In three career starts against the Braves, Price is 2-1 with a 1.89 ERA despite a 1.526 WHIP. Price last faced the Braves on Sept. 16 of last season and led the Blue Jays to a 9-1 win, pitching seven innings of one-run ball, allowing six hits and three walks while striking out nine.
Wisler is 0-1 with a 3.10 ERA and 0.93 WHIP through three starts and one relief appearance this season. In his last start on April 21 against the Dodgers, he lasted 6 2/3 innings, allowing one run (none earned) on four hits. The 23-year-old walked two and struck out six, while the Braves offense could only muster one run of support. Wisler wound up with a no-decision despite an impressive performance, as he came close to outdueling 2014 Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw.
“He matched pitch-for-pitch one of the premier pitchers in our era, arguably, in Kershaw,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said postgame.
Wisler, who has never pitched in a game against the Red Sox, made his major league debut last June 19 and wound up pitching in 20 games (19 starts), going 8-8 with a 4.71 ERA and 1.459 WHIP.
A seventh-round draft pick of the Padres in 2011, Wisler was traded to Atlanta last April in the deal that sent current Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel to San Diego.
Red Sox vs. Wisler (RHP)
No Red Sox batters have faced Wisler.
Braves vs. Price (LHP)
Nick Markakis (55 plate appearances): .275 AVG/.309 OBP/.353 SLG, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 2 RBIs, 3 walks, 9 strikeouts
Erick Aybar (32): .267/.290/.333, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
A.J. Pierzynski (22): .200/.238/.400, 1 double, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, 2 strikeouts
Kelly Johnson (17): .176/.176/.353, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 5 strikeouts
Jeff Francouer and Drew Stubbs both are 3-for-6. Francouer has a double and two strikeouts, while Stubbs has a triple, one RBI and two strikeouts.
Freddie Freeman has one hit in six plate appearances, with one RBI and three strikeouts.
Tyler Flowers is 0-for-6 with four strikeouts.
Daniel Castro is 1-for-4.
Adonis Garcia is 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.