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Chris Sale will start Game 1 of World Series, David Price 'most likely' Game 2

Ryan Hannable
October 19, 2018 - 4:36 pm

The Red Sox don't know who they will play in the World Series yet, but it appears they know the top of their rotation.

On Ordway, Merloni & Fauria Friday afternoon, manager Alex Cora indicated Chris Sale will start Game 1 and David Price "most likely" will start Game 2. These games will be at Fenway Park Tuesday and Wednesday.

“Yes, Chris Sale is our No. 1 starter. Most likely David will be Game 2," Cora said. "… We’ll figure it out. We’ll talk about it [Saturday] as a group, but Chris is ready for Game 1. We’ll decide about Game 2, 3, and 4. Let’s enjoy this one.”

Cora was very pleased with the effort Price gave the team on three days rest in Game 5 Thursday night.

“When I saw him throwing 94-95 [miles per hour] with that changeup, and throughout the start I was like, ‘This is going to be great.’ He was amazing," Cora said. "I talked to him about it right after we learned about Chris [Sale] and he was up to the challenge. He threw the ball well. I told you guys he matches up well against them, and that one I can say I knew something about them because I listened to them last year, and it wasn’t comfortable for them.

"I don’t know if it is the angle. I don’t know if it is him pitching inside, but last year they didn’t like facing him. This year, got some feedback from the start in Houston and feedback from the start here in Fenway and I was like, ‘Man, this is the right guy to pitch Game 2.’ I am glad he pitched Game 5. I am very happy for David Price.”

As for Steven Wright potentially being added to the roster, Cora said it is too early to say.

“We’ll talk about it the next few days," he said. "It was good to see him back on the mound and pushing himself to be available, but I think it is too soon to talk about roster decisions. We don’t even know who we are going to play.”

The Red Sox are awaiting the winner of the NLCS, which the Dodgers currently lead 3-2.

Related: World Series schedule (with times)