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Nathan Eovaldi roughed up again, will pitch Monday

Rob Bradford
September 01, 2018 - 2:38 am

CHICAGO -- The bad news for Nathan Eovaldi is that he had yet another bad outing, this time giving up three runs over just two innings in the White Sox' 6-1 win over the Red Sox Friday night.

The good news for the righty is that he won't have to wait long for his chance to redeem himself.

With his outing against the White Sox limited to 35 pitches due to a two-hour, 9-minute rain delay, Eovaldi will get the start against the Braves in Atlanta Monday afternoon. The righty will be taking the place of David Price, who is still recovering from a left wrist contusion after being struck by a line drive Wednesday night.

"We need to make adjustments. We have to. His stuff is too good to be hit like that with two strikes," said Alex Cora. The Red Sox manager added, "We need this guy to be good and we know he can be good. His stuff is that good. But we have to fix it. We have to find something so he can be better."

Cora surmised that part of the problem might be that Eovaldi -- who carries a 7.27 ERA and .364 batting average against over his last four starts -- might be around the plate too much.

"You look at his numbers obviously the walk, he doesn’t walk people. His strike percentage is way up there," the manager said. "Maybe he’s throwing too many strikes. Sometimes they fall into that. They’re so aggressive in the strike zone, they trust their stuff so they leave pitches in the zone with two strikes instead of pitching to the edges. We’ll see where we’re at. Most likely he’s pitching Monday in Atlanta. We’ll talk about it tomorrow and Sunday. Hopefully, he goes there and dominates."

="I mean, I don't know, it's tough. You always want to throw strikes and work ahead in the count," Eovaldi said. "I feel like I've been ahead in the counts but it's really when I'm 0-2, 1-2 in those situations, where they're able to get a hit."

For a complete recap of the Red Sox' loss, click here.

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