By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Red Sox’ postseason run is not over yet. And neither is David Price’s career as a playoff starter.
Manager Alex Cora told Chris “Mad Dog” Russo on the MLB Network’s “High Heat” program on Wednesday that Price will indeed get the ball again as a starter in the American League Championship Series. He’ll start Game 2 against the Houston Astros on Sunday night at Fenway Park, while Chris Sale will start Game 1 on Saturday.
Price’s latest October clunker came last Saturday in a 6-2 loss to the New York Yankees, in which the lefty lasted just 1 2/3 innings while allowing three runs on three hits and two walks. He allowed two home runs, one to Aaron Judge and the other to Gary Sanchez. He’s now 0-9 with a 6.03 ERA as a starter in the postseason.
Saturday was a “Make it stop” kind of outing for Price. Time for a mercy killing. Don’t give this guy the ball again to start a game in October. He just can’t hack it. After Price went 6-1 with a 2.25 ERA in 11 starts after the All-Star Break, it was arguably his most stunning meltdown yet to fall on his face like he did against the Yankees. Yet. Again.
But if you truly expected Price to move to the bullpen and never start again in October, that was wishful thinking. Alex Cora wasn’t going to go with Nathan Eovaldi or Rick Porcello over Price in Game 2, especially when the dimensions of Minute Maid Park in Houston favor right-handed pitchers anyway.
You may feel Price is just hopeless as a postseason starter, and you can’t be blamed for that. But he wasn’t just going to go away after last Saturday. The Red Sox need to live and die by him on the mound for at least one more game, as hard as he is to trust.
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