Monday’s Sports BIT Show: MLB Action On Memorial Day

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Boston Red Sox At Chicago White Sox

It’s a series opener on the South Side of Chicago and the season debut of Red Sox lefty and former Cy Young winner David Price. Despite making only two minor league rehab starts -- and failing to get out of the fourth inning in either -- Price will come off the disabled list Monday. Price has been sidelined since Feb. 28, when he felt stiffness in his left elbow during a simulated game. Are the Sox rushing him back a bit too soon? In just 5.2 innings across two rehab starts at Triple-A, he allowed allowing nine runs (six earned) on 12 hits with eight strikeouts. He did hit 96 mph on his fastball in the second outing. "I wasn't very good when I made my rehab starts in 2013 and I came back and threw the ball very well. So there's no replacing the feeling of the adrenaline that you're going to have at this level. To me, this is home. This is my comfort zone. This is where I want to be. It doesn't matter what level I make rehab starts at, it's not going to feel the same." The Red Sox bullpen is well-rested and has been excellent so Price may not be asked to pitch very deep in the game. He’s counted by David Holmberg. The lefty makes his first start with the White Sox after amassing a 0.87 ERA in eight relief appearances. Holmberg has 12 career starts, but hasn’t gone above 27 pitches in an appearance this season. You can read a preview of this game on Sportsbook Review as well.


Houston Astros At Minnesota Twins

Ervin Santana for AL Cy Young? That would have been a laughable statement before the season started, but the veteran Twins right-hander is off to by far the best start of his career at 7-2 with an AL-best 1.80 ERA. He comes off a complete-game two-hit shutout of the Orioles – his AL-leading second complete game of the year. Since the franchise moved to Minnesota in 1961, only two Twins pitchers previously have had an ERA as low as 1.80 through their first 10 starts of a season: Francisco Liriano was 9-1 with a 1.36 ERA in his first 10 starts in 2006 and Scott Erickson was 7-2 with a 1.63 ERA in his first 10 in 1991. Santana might be a bit lucky thus far as his BABIP is a ridiculous .136. He’s the only starting pitcher below .200. The Twins’ staff as a whole leads the majors in BABIP at .261 after ranking 29th last year at .319. The Astros counter with Brad Peacock (2-0, 0.87). He struck out eight in 4 1/3 scoreless innings last Monday in a spot start for Dallas Keuchel.

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