David Price’s much-anticipated Red Sox debut was bumped 21 hours due to inclement weather in Cleveland and the tantalizing lefty will now kick the Red Sox’ 2016 season off Tuesday (1 p.m., NESN) against the Indians.
Price actually wanted to pitch in the snow on Monday, tweeting out, “snowing right now … I want my revenge pitching in the snow!! I need it.”
Price was alluding to a rocky outing against the Yankees, while he was a member of the Tigers, on April 22, 2015. He gave up eight earned runs on 10 hits in just 2.1 innings in the snow that day in Detroit.
That said, Price has been historically strong at the beginning of the season. In his first outing of 2015, he blanked the Twins and worked into the ninth inning – allowing just five hits on 101 pitches. Two years ago in his first appearance of the season he worked 7.1 innings against the Blue Jays – allowing two earned runs on six hits.
Price isn’t afraid to throw over 100 pitches in a game even early in the year. Last season in April and May he reached the 100-pitch plateau in 10-of-11 starts.
Tuesday’s game likely won’t feature any snow, but it will be cold (high of 34, according to weather.com).
“I think it’s the cold and the wind and just that wind chill,” Price told ESPN Monday. “It feels like 17 out there, and that’s how people get hurt. That’s how guys can hurt hamstrings. I was out there for five or six minutes playing catch and my ring finger and my middle finger on my left hand – they’re still numb now. That’s probably the toughest part.”
Corey Kluber (9-16, 3.49 ERA in 2015) will get the ball for the Indians against Price (18-5, 2.45 ERA in 2015).
The road ahead
Most every MLB team gets a day off immediately after their opener but the Red Sox will no longer have that luxury due to the postponement of Monday’s game. Their grind will continue Wednesday (6:10 p.m., NESN) in Cleveland when Clay Buchholz (7-7, 3.26 ERA) squares off against Carlos Carrasco (14-12, 3.63 ERA).
The Sox wrap up their series with the Indians on Thursday before a three-game showdown with the division rival Blue Jays up North. Price is slated to go against his old team in Toronto on Sunday afternoon.
The Sox’ home opener at Fenway will take place next Monday (2 p.m., NESN) against Baltimore.