Eovaldi allowed two runs on four hits and one walk while striking out three over four innings Monday against the Twins. Eovaldi, who was hitting 99 mph out of the gate, overcame a shaky start to the game by retiring the final eight batters faced. He finished off his allotment of 75 pitches in the bullpen following his departure, Tom Keegan of the Boston Herald reports. Manager Alex Cora hasn't set the order of the rotation following Chris Sale on Opening Day, and Eovaldi could slot anywhere from second to fourth.
Eovaldi allowed one run on one hit and a walk while striking out one in three innings Wednesday against the Twins. Eovaldi geared up quickly in his first Grapefruit League start, hitting 94 mph on his first pitch to leadoff batter Marwin Gonzalez, then hitting 99 mph before the at-bat was over. Earlier in camp, he talked about his growth as a pitcher since joining the Red Sox and echoed those comments to Ian Browne of MLB.com following the game. "Yeah, just being able to throw different pitches, not having to rely on just your fastball and your slider," Eovaldi said. "I can rely on other pitches, and I feel like I've grown as a pitcher since then, and just working with our catchers and pitching coaches to be able to do that." Eovaldi, who has become a mini-folk hero in Boston for what he did in the postseason, sounds confident as he steps into the fourth spot in Boston's rotation to begin 2019.
Eovaldi will throw to live batters for the first time this spring Wednesday, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports. Eovaldi takes the mound against opponents for the first time since he threw 97 pitches in six-plus innings of relief on one day's rest in Game 3 of last year's World Series against the Dodgers. Since that day, Eovaldi signed a four-year, $64 million contract with Boston, the organization he credits with making him a better and more complete pitcher. Under the tutelage of assistant pitching coach Brian Bannister, Eovaldi reworked his curveball, gaining velocity and break. "It was just eye-opening," Eovaldi said. "Now I'm understanding this thing and that thing, and I felt like it really helped my curveball toward the end of the season. I knew I climbed on it, got too high on my arm slot. Working with (Bannister) helped me get to the point where it was at the end of the season." Eovaldi is no longer reticent to throw the hook, something he did 19 times during Game 3, the most he's thrown in a single game in his career.
Eovaldi inked a deal with the Red Sox on Thursday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Per Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, the terms of his contract are four years and $67.5 million. It shouldn't come as any surprise that Boston wanted Eovaldi back in town following his performance in the postseason, during which he logged a 1.61 ERA and 0.81 WHIP with a 16:3 K:BB across 22.1 innings. His most impressive performance arguably came against the Dodgers in Game 3 of the Fall Classic, where the right-hander threw six-plus frames in extra innings to keep the rest of the staff as fresh as possible for the remainder of the series. Eovaldi began the 2018 campaign in Tampa Bay before getting acquired by Boston before the non-waiver trade deadline and finished the year with a 3.81 ERA and 8.2 K/9 in 22 appearances (21 starts). He will slide right back into the middle of the Red Sox's rotation behind Chris Sale and David Price.
Eovaldi will not start Game 4 of the World Series against the Dodgers on Saturday after throwing six innings of relief during Friday's 18-inning affair, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports. Once manager Alex Cora turned to Eovaldi in the 12th inning of Game 3, it was basically assured that the right-hander would be out of the running to start Saturday's game. As it turned out, Eovaldi tossed six-plus innings in a valiant effort to keep the Red Sox afloat, allowing just one earned run -- Max Muncy's walkoff home run -- on three hits and one walk while striking out five. Don't expect to see Eovaldi available until Sunday at the earliest, and that would likely come as a one-inning relief appearance at best. Cora has yet to decide who will take the mound for Game 4, though he mentioned that it would be a left-hander, so look for Eduardo Rodriguez or Drew Pomeranz to draw the start.