David Price Booed Mercilously by Boston Fans After Another Playoff Failure

Silvia Morton
October 8, 2018

Red Sox manager Alex Cora says he made the decision because Porcello pitched two-thirds of an inning of relief in Friday's opener and he wanted to give him an extra day of rest.

"We have to keep them in the ballpark. I know he's going to contribute", Cora said. "It's a tough lineup".

A year earlier, Boone's 11th-inning homer off Tim Wakefield won Game 7 and the AL pennant. They have six homers in the three games with Aaron Judge responsible for three and Gary Sanchez two.

Of course, Sanchez's presence in the lineup, especially given his two home runs in Saturday's Game 2 win, is important, but Boone said his role as a game caller and on defense can not be underestimated.

"We'll talk to [Price] and see where we're at and we'll go from there", he said.

BOSTON - After the game, David Price sat in front of his locker in a thin white hoodie, waiting for his turn in the interview room, slumped back in his chair as he scrolled through his phone.

Price said he lacked command on a few critical pitches and the Yankees took advantage.

"I said it previous year and I'll say it again: I want to win".

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"It definitely gives me confidence just knowing that I've had recent success against them", Eovaldi said yesterday.

The losing pitcher doesn't usually go to the interview room.

"He left something there for me and I was able to hit it well", Sanchez said. Next time just bust your a- to first base. In 42 starts against the Yanks, Price is just 15-15 and has surrendered 37 home runs.

The postseason has been Price's personal palace of misery. Signed to a seven-year $217 million before the 2016 season - which made him the highest-paid pitcher in baseball - he has alternated between brilliant and bad, with most of the latter example coming in his biggest starts. In 10 postseason starts, his ERA is a whopping 6.03.

"Monday", Price said matter-of-factly when asked when he could conceivably pitch again.

Cora's rather simplistic handicapping of his team's chances to win the series was as elementary as it comes.

Sanchez finished the night 2-for-5 with four RBIs, in addition to navigating starter Masahiro Tanaka through a strong five innings of three-hit baseball.

Before his start, Price said he's only concerned about winning, not stopping his post-season slide. This much seems clear, however, especially given the precarious nature of the Red Sox's middle relief: If they're going to win the World Series, David Price is going to have step up and win a postseason game as a starting pitcher. The Red Sox acquired Eovaldi from the Rays via trade in late July. "That's what I worry about". Ryan Brasier was next, punctuating a scoreless fifth by fist-pumping his way off the mound. He entered with a 6.34 ERA over his previous 12 starts, then threw seven innings of one-run ball. The Yankees have certainly victimized other pitchers this season, but an inordinate number of them, nine in the regular season and two more Saturday night, have come against Price, in just 17 1/3 innings combined. Tanaka now has a 1.50 ERA in 30 career postseason innings. But his postseason struggles have caused Red Sox fans to sour on him, and vice versa; he can opt out of his contract after the season, and if he can find something close to the four years and $124 million he is owed, he might just take it. "And Aaron, he's one of our resident deejays, so he's got a pretty extensive playlist", NY manager Aaron Boone said later in the day at Yankee Stadium, a smirk filling his face. One is, of course, Aaron (insert your verb of choice) Boone.

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