Thursday, April 24, 2014
The Tampa Bay Rays and David Price take on Boston and Tim Wakefield.
It is a terrible match-up for the Red Sox. Wakefield usually needs his teammates to put up a lot of runs for a win. Price does not give up a lot of runs.
Wakefield is 7-6 with a 5.13 ERA.
In games that Boston has scored less than six runs, Wakefield is 1-6.
Wakefield has allowed four or more runs in his last five starts. Price has given up a total of nine runs in his last seven starts.
Darnell McDonald (.316), Dustin Pedroia (.294) and Jacoby Ellsbury (.273) have the best success against Price, although Conor Jackson is 2-for-3 against Price.
Jackson is play left field, in place of Carl Crawford (0-for-9 vs. Price).
Rays third baseman Evan Longoria loves to hit against Wakefield (.429), as does former teammate Johnny Damon (.309, four home runs).
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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