Sox set for big series against Indians.
After taking two of three from the Yankees over the weekend, the Red Sox will begin a key four-game set in Cleveland Monday (7 p.m., NESN).
The Sox could very well meet the Indians in the playoffs for the second consecutive year as Cleveland owns a sizable lead in the AL Central.
Doug Fister (2-6, 5.56 ERA) will get the ball for the Sox on Monday and will be opposed by Mike Clevinger (6-5, 3.75 ERA).
After back-to-back outstanding starts in which he gave up an average of 2.5 runs, Fister came back to Earth last week against the same team he’ll face Monday. The 33-year-old gave up five earned runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings of a 7-3 Red Sox loss to the Indians.
Eduardo Rodriguez (4-3, 3.97 ERA) is slated to start for the Sox Tuesday and will be followed by Drew Pomeranz (124, 3.31 ERA) and Chris Sale (14-5, 2.62 ERA) in the rotation.
Rafael Devers continues to be a wunderkind for the Sox. The 20-year-old third baseman is batting .364 with a .424 OBP and has eight home runs and 16 RBI in the first 20 games of his MLB career. On Saturday against New York, Devers became the first player since Babe Ruth to belt home runs in three straight games against the Yankees before turning 21.
THE PRICE IS WRONG
David Price’s 2017 season has gone completely off the rails. It was a horrible look on that Friday night a few weeks back when — at the height of the Dennis Eckersley controversy - Price missed a start at Fenway due to an elbow injury. Now, it’s entirely possible that Price won’t pitch again this season.
Price had to stop his most recent throwing session because of “continued stiffness” in his arm.
“There’s still hope [for him to pitch again in 2017],” Red Sox manager John Farrell said of Price. “But I think we’re also realistic here that he’s got to build up to an aggressive long toss situation, not in terms of overall distance but number of throws with some aggression and build-back to the mound. That’s going to take some time. I don’t have a return date at all.”
Boston Red Sox youngster Rafael Devers (right) has been a revalation for a team attempting to hold on to the top spot in the American League East.