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.
Indians slugger José Ramírez broke the hamate bone on his right hand last month and had surgery on August 26 to repair it. At the time he was given the same schedule most hamate bone surgery recipients get: 5-7 weeks if all goes well. Apparently all has gone better-than-well for Ramírez, however, because the Indians are going to activate him tomorrow.
That’s good news for the Indians, who are in a dead heat with the Tampa Bay Rays for the AL’s second Wild Card with six games to go.
Ramírez, like his team, started the season slowly, but he had turned things on in July and August to help fuel Cleveland’s surge into playoff contention. He hit .320/.340/.680 with nine homers and 25 driven in in July and was hitting .321/.372/.705 with six homers and 20 driven in August when he went down. Basically, he had been a better version of the Ramírez who won the Silver Slugger Award and came in third in the MVP balloting in 2018, at least for those two months.
It’ll be interesting to see how rusty he is or if the surgery has sapped his power or bat speed. We’ll only have six games in which to see it, though.