Price, Porcello, Eovaldi, Moreland

Posted October 09, 2018

With Porcello pitching two-thirds of an inning, the Red Sox were forced to make a decision. "We'll see how we're going to use him".

"We can't wait", Judge said.

The steep, sloping stands and intimate dimensions of Fenway Park, the "lyric little bandbox" of Updike's famous depiction, seem created to cause the impression, particularly on cool October nights, of walls closing in on the unsuspecting opponent standing at the center of its diamond.

Should the Red Sox advance to the American League Championship Series, Price likely will slot back into the No. 2 spot in Boston's rotation.

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As sure as all the normal, recognizable signs of autumn, we present to you David Price as a starting pitcher in October. After the 6-2 loss in Game 2, Price now has an 0-9 record with a 6.03 ERA in 10 career postseason starts. They've kept that in line by taking care of business (Saturday) and beating David Price. After an 0-for-4 performance with two Ks in Game 6, Boone spent most of Game 7 watching from the bench. But, against the Yankees and on the postseason stage, Price's mental toughness is what got him yanked more than his physical ability and talent. The left-hander surrendered solo homers to Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez before Andrew McCutheon singled in a run.

Yeesh. That's bad. Players want to be booed on the road. "But Nate, he can even get away with mistakes, you know what I mean?"

"It definitely gives me confidence just knowing that I've had recent success against them", Eovaldi said. "And that's something I wasn't able to do tonight". In Game 7, Ortiz crushed a two-run homer in the first inning off Kevin Brown, giving the Red Sox a 2-0 lead in a game they would never trail and eventually won 10-3.

And it almost happened that way.

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Five innings later, Sanchez crushed a more poorly located pitch, depositing Eduardo Rodriguez's 92.7 miles per hour two-seam fastball well beyond the high wall in left-center. Joe Kelly also delivered 2 1/3 dominant innings behind Price on Saturday, throwing 20 of his 25 pitches for strikes.

With four more years and $127 million left on Price contract, there is plenty of time to debate whether his acute postseason woes are some sort of character flaw, such as a sheer inability to handle the pressure, or a random fluke of statistics and small sample sizes.

Aaron Judge walked past Boston's Fenway Park clubhouse early Sunday morning, Frank Sinatra's rendition of "New York, New York" blaring from a boom box atop the wheelie bag he was pulling with his left hand.

"My spirits aren't down", he said. I'm looking forward to getting back out there and getting another opportunity...

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"I'm just looking for something in the zone-a good pitch to hit in the zone, high", Sanchez said through an interpreter, touching on the Price cutter he hammered for a home run over the Green Monster to lead off the top of the second. "Whatever I have to do to help us do that, I'm fine with". But when he came up again in the seventh, he broke the game open.