It’s the best day of the year for New England baseball fans. The Fenway Franks are grilling, the organist is all warmed up, the lineups are set: Fenway Park is ready to go.
Newly acquired ace David Price will be taking the hill for the Red Sox on Monday afternoon against the Baltimore Orioles. The newcomer shined on Opening Day for the Red Sox, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits and striking out 10 against the Indians en route to a 6-2 win. Price owns a career 8-4 record against the Orioles with an ERA of 2.65 in 19 starts. His last start against the O’s came on September 5 as a member of the Blue Jays, in which Price picked up the win allowing just 1 run on 3 hits in 7 innings.
The Red Sox lineup will look familiar to fans who tuned in to last week’s season opener against the Indians. The exact starting lineup will take the field at Fenway on Monday as took the field in Cleveland last Tuesday. Left fielder Brock Holt, who is tied with designated hitter David Ortiz for the early team lead in home runs with two, returns to the lineup on Monday after receiving an off day on Sunday in Toronto.
Baltimore will send right-hander Yovani Gallardo to the mound on Monday to take on the Red Sox. Gallardo picked up the win in his only start so far this season, striking out 4 while allowing just 1 run on 2 hits in a win over the Minnesota Twins. Gallardo, whose most effective pitch is his fastball which routinely reaches 96-97 miles per hour, has had mixed success against the Red Sox in his career. In 4 career starts, the righty is 2-2 with an ERA of 4.35.
The Orioles are baseball’s only remaining undefeated team so far, and their pitching has been the number one reason. The staff features a combined ERA of 1.80 over their 5-0 start, and has allowed no more than three runs in any game this season. Third baseman Manny Machado has paced the O’s offensively early in the season, with a batting average of .429 in the early going with three home runs. Machado will bat second for the Orioles on Monday.
Last minute tickets are still available to see David Price and the Red Sox host the Baltimore Orioles on Opening Day at Fenway Park. First pitch is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. and tickets can be purchased HERE.