It seems to have given him some momentum, because he finished strong and looked near his best in the wild card game against the Oakland A's last Wednesday, when he struck out seven over four-plus innings, allowing just two hits and walking four.
Price's postseason troubles are quickly becoming legendary.
The Red Sox will hand the ball to Nathan Eovaldi in Game 3 of the American League Division Series on Monday night. He left to a stinging chorus of boos as he trudged, head down, to the dugout. That's reserved for the managers and the stars of the game.
Judge belted a solo homer over the famous "Green Monster" left-field wall at Boston's Fenway Park to put the Yankees ahead in the first inning. He had to own up to it. And to throw the baseball the way that I did, it was definitely tough. I'm looking forward to getting back out there and getting another opportunity...
And there is no guarantee he will get another chance in 2018, with Game 3 of this series to be played Monday night at Yankee Stadium, and the first team to notch two more wins advancing to the AL Championship Series next weekend. There is no margin for error, not enough games for the luck to even out or enough starts to prove your merits over the long haul. You get the ball and have to perform. It was the first time in 299 regular-season and postseason starts that Price failed to strike out a batter. He did well in that spot in last year's playoffs and it could be what he needs to get his postseason confidence flowing. There's no reason to believe he didn't want to be out there.
Sanchez, whose batting average didn't top.200 after June 8, also had a solo shot in the second inning to give NY a 2-0 lead. With two outs, Price walked Gleyber Torres on five pitches and then Brett Gardner battled for an eight-pitch walk. But the Yankees early and often reminded David Price who he is.
It didn't take long to determine where this one was heading, mere minutes actually, as Price's career record as a playoff starter plummeted to 0-9. For as much as Boone said he's seen Sanchez make strides, he said he felt Severino has sharpened his mechanics and his command later in the season. To say what the Red Sox are doing is equal to what the Astros did isn't entirely accurate.
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Severino has also fared best with Gary Sanchez behind the plate. His teammates are still behind Price.
First baseman Mitch Moreland exited Saturday's game in the eighth inning because of right hamstring tightness, Cora announced (via Cotillo). "He'll give you everything he has". David Price still is the wild card for the Boston Red Sox World Series hopes. He's the No. 2 starter in the rotation behind Chris Sale. The win over Oakland in last week's wild-card game improved NY to 7-0 at home in the postseason since the start of the 2017 playoffs. Price might be needed in relief.
Before his start, Price said he's only concerned about winning, not stopping his post-season slide. "I don't know. I'm not sure", he said. "And whatever I need to do to help us do that I'm fine with". Until October, when more often than not, he's turned into a pumpkin.
"You've got to ask [Judge] if it was something for us", Cora said, "but I doubt it".
"You know he's capable of that", said manager Aaron Boone.
Of all the players in this series, Price may have had the most riding on his performance. Right-hander Joe Kelly entered in relief of Price and succeeded in stabilizing the game with 2 1/3 scoreless innings.
So who wins every playoff game?