David Price

Thursday's Red Sox-Rays matchups: David Price vs. Jake Odorizzi

April 21, 2016 - 4:20 am

David Price will face off against the team he played most of his career with on Thursday afternoon, when the Red Sox host the Rays for their series finale. He will be opposed by Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi. Price will look to build on the success he had in his last start against the Blue Jays on April 16. He went seven strong innings (his longest outing in three starts this season), allowing two runs on six hits. He walked none and struck out nine in a game the Red Sox would win 4-2. Price improved to 2-0 on the season and lowered his ERA to 4.50. Red Sox fans finally saw their $217 million offseason acquisition live up to expectations after a slow start to the season. "Absolutely, I hadn't thrown the ball the way that I know that I can the first two starts," Price said after the win. "To throw the baseball the way I did today against the Blue Jays, which is an extremely good hitting team, feels good." In three career starts against the Rays, Price is 1-2 with a 5.15 ERA and 0.895 WHIP. He's struck out 19 and walked three in 19 innings of work. Odorizzi has been relatively solid this season but only has factored into one decision for the Rays. He was a hard-luck loser in his last start on April 15 against the White Sox, as he threw seven shutout innings and let up just four hits. He walked one and struck out six. Despite the dominating performance, the Rays could not muster a run of offense and lost the game 1-0. "Really happy with the way [Odorizzi] threw the ball tonight," Rays manager Kevin Cash said after the game. "Big for him and big for us. He had some not-so-good misses early on on, but after about the third or fourth inning he kicked it in second gear. The positive spot of the night is he kind of locked it in." Odorizzi is 2-2 against the Red Sox in eight career starts. He has posted a 3.43 ERA and 1.164 WHIP, while walking 12 and striking out 37 in 44 2/3 innings. Rays vs. Price (LHP) Steve Pearce (18 plate appearances): .278 AVG/.278 OBP/.444 SLG, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, 5 strikeouts Brad Miller (10): .100/.100/.300, 1 triple, 2 RBIs, 4 strikeouts Brandon Guyer (9): .222/.222/.444, 1 triple, 1 RBI, 3 strikeouts Logan Morrison (9): .222/.222/.333, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 2 strikeouts Evan Longoria is hitless in nine at-bats, with three strikeouts. Logan Forsythe is 0-for-7 with one RBI and two strikeouts. Curt Casali is 3-for-6 with two home runs and three RBIs. He has struck out once. Steven Souza is 2-for-6 with a double, one RBI and one strikeout. Kevin Kiermaier is 2-for-4 with a double, one home run, one RBI and one strikeout. Tim Beckham and Hank Conger both are 1-for-3 with one RBI and one strikeout, while Desmond Jennings is 0-for-3. Red Sox vs. Odorizzi (RHP) Xander Bogaerts (19 plate appearances): .357 AVG/.474 OBP/.571 SLG, 1 double, 1 triple, 2 RBIs, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts David Ortiz (19) .167/.211/.222, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts Brock Holt (14): .231/.214/.692, 1 double, 1 triple, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, 5 strikeouts Dustin Pedroia (13): .231/.214/.692, 1 double, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts Mookie Betts (12): .222/.417/.333, 1 double, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts Chris Young (9): .333/.333/.778, 1 double, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout Jackie Bradley is hitless in six at-bats with two strikeouts against Odorizzi. Ryan Hannigan and Hanley Ramirez both are 1-for-3. Ramirez has a double and one RBI. Travis Shaw is 2-for-3, while Christian Vazquez is 1-for-2 with a walk.