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The Boston Red Sox just pulled off a tremendous, come-from-behind victory, but that’s not the only big news of the day. In his press conference right after the game, manager Alex Cora announced that David Price, not Chris Sale, will start Game Five of the World Series.
David Price To Start World Series Game Five
This move comes as a surprise as David Price was expected to take the mound in Game Six. Sale pitched the first game of the series and Price took Game Two, so it only made sense to assume the same rotation would continue.
However, Cora said that he likes Price’s matchup in Los Angeles. The ballpark plays to Price’s strengths, and Cora clearly trusts his $31 million dollar lefty to close out the series. Price is going up against Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, so the Sox will need to send out their best pitcher at the moment.
In his last two starts, Price has tossed 12 innings, allowing just two runs while striking out 14 and walking just three. This includes his Game Two start against the Dodgers in which Price pitched six innings of two-run ball, striking out five and walking three. Sale, meanwhile, has pitched just eight innings in his last two starts, allowing five runs and six walks while striking out 12 batters.
While Sale has struggled with shoulder and stomach injuries in the second half of the year, Cora claimed that this decision was not injury-based. Sale is still scheduled to pitch Game Six, should the series go that long, and could be available out of the bullpen in Game Five.
Even if Sale never pitches another inning in 2018, he may have had one of the biggest impacts on this series. With the Sox trailing 4-0, Sale channeled his inner David Ortiz and gave a speech which started the dramatic Game Four comeback.