The Red Sox opened their 2016 season Tuesday and for Sox fans it was like Christmas morning, but remember this, you open up all your presents and then are left with just the wrapping. David Price performed just as advertised tossing 6 innings of pure power and domination of the Tribe. Price had some difficulty in the fourth inning after getting two outs but managed to stop the bleeding. This is exactly what a number one starter is supposed to do. At the end of the day he pitched six innings giving up two runs on five hits and striking out 10 Indians. Game time temps were in the mid thirties and Price didn’t let it phase him.
Price benefited from future All-Star Mookie Betts who homered in the third inning and made a nice defensive play in right in the fifth inning. John Farrell’s job is at least safe for now because Shaw and Brock Holt both helped in giving the Red Sox their first win of the 2016 season. The Big Papi era continued with the retiring DH hitting his first home run of a long victory tour season.
Now that you have enjoyed Christmas morning, and you are picking up the discarded wrapping paper do you feel good about the next three days when the Sox trot out Buchholz, Joe Kelly and Rick Porcello? When will Farrell decide that either Shaw or Hanley Ramirez is going to sit because of “general soreness” or a maintenance day resulting in a Pablo Sandoval start at third ? Price can’t win them all and the pressure is on the rest of the starters to produce.