Red Sox Pitching Rotation Released to Open the 2019 Season

On Tuesday, Alex Cora released the Red Sox pitching rotation to start the year with one big surprise.

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On Tuesday, the Boston Red Sox revealed their pitching rotation for the first five games of the 2019 season, and the order may surprise you.

Chris Sale will take the hill for the opener against the Seattle Mariners, followed by Nathan Eovaldi, Eduardo Rodriguez and Rick Porcello for the finale of the four-game series. The notable exclusion: David Price, who will start the 5th game of the season, vs the Oakland Athletics.

Due to illness, World Series hero David Price is scheduled to open the season as the fifth starter for the Red Sox. But that doesn’t mean we won’t see him in games 1 and 2.

On Tuesday morning, Cora gave his thoughts on Price and if he may pitch out of relief in the first few games of the season.

“He’ll pitch three (Tuesday), then I don’t know, if he wants a tuneup, we’ll do the cool thing in Game 1 or 2 in Seattle just for him to get the feet wet.”

Price is ready to go for the season, saying, “I didn’t get as many reps as I got last year in spring training, but physically I feel this is probably the strongest I’ve felt heading into Opening Day. I’m excited to get the ball.”

This rotation gives the Red Sox a good balance of lefty and righty starters, and sets up Chris Sale to start the home opener April 9th vs the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Red Sox quest to repeat begins Thursday night with recently extended ace Chris Sale taking the ball vs the Seattle Mariners.