We already knew that Chris Sale will pitch for the Red Sox in Game 1. Now Alex Cora has met with the press and officially announced that David Price will start Game 2 of the World Series against the Dodgers on Wednesday.
Price tossed six scoreless innings in his Game 5 start against the Astros last week to pitch the Red Sox into the World Series, relying heavily on his changeup. Some people wondered if Price might be held until Game 3 where he’d be guaranteed the warmer temperatures of Dodger Stadium, but really, wouldn’t everyone prefer that?
Game 3’s starter is still up in he air. It will either be Rick Porcello or Nathan Eovaldi, but given that each of them have been used in relief at various times this postseason, Cora will likely wait to see who will be the fresher come Friday.
Because baseball teams have to have 25 guys — and because someone has to be that 25h guy — the Orioles have re-signed utilityman Jace Peterson. It’s a minor league contract so he may not be the actual 25th man but, c’mon, he’s gonna be the 25th man. Let’s get real here.
Peterson hit .195/.308/.325 in 200 at-bats for the Orioles last season. That’s not good, but he can play multiple positions in the infield and outfield. He can’t play them particularly well, but you know that thing Casey Stengel said about how catchers are important because without them there are a lot of passed balls? Same goes for third base and stuff. Again: Orioles.
I was going to add that he was the only player in MLB history named “Jace,” but Jace Fry exists, so he doesn’t even have that distinction anymore, and that’s kind of a bummer.