Red Sox starter David Price takes step toward changing his postseason narrative

Dean Simpson
October 16, 2018

Game 3 of the ALCS is scheduled for Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park, in Houston.

It's tough to blame Price for those two runs, but the two that Houston scored in the top of the third fall squarely on his left shoulder. Price did not appear to let the miscues rattle him.

Rick Porcello made his second appearance as a relief pitcher of this post-season, working a flawless eighth inning before Craig Kimbrel closed it out in the ninth. As he left the field, many among the 37,960 Fenway Faithful offered up a standing ovation. Their bullpen was one of the team's biggest concerns heading into the postseason, but they were up to the challenge on Sunday night, getting the final 13 outs of the victory.

"It was definitely appreciated", Price said. He retired Houston in order in the sixth, needing just 15 pitches to get his four outs on the night. Ryan Brasier worked around a two-out walk in the seventh for a scoreless frame.

But with a team as good as the one he oversees - a team that's deep, accomplished and bursting with confidence - it's hard for Hinch to understate the strengths of the defending World Series champions. "Hopefully he pitches a lot the next three days".

The bullpen was on their way to a ideal evening until closer Craig Kimbrel had a few more hiccups in the ninth. Devers then slapped a single to left. Alex Bregman flew out to the base of the Green Monster representing the tying run, as Boston hearts were lodged in throats for a few excruciating seconds.

That threat didn't last very long, as Bregman flied out on Kimbrel's second offering to end the game.

"You know early, I thought he was a little over-amped", Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. If they improve to 11-1, this stat will loom even larger: When a best-of-seven series is tied at 1, the Game 3 victor has gone on to win the series 69 percent of the time (63-28). "We trust those guys".

While he wasn't able to earn that coveted W for his postseason resume, this was an encouraging outing from Price.

"I'd rather miss where I did than the middle of the plate (like he did vs. the Yankees in the ALDS, )" Price said. "But I came here to win, period". That narrative is starting to change with Price and the Red Sox inching another step closer to the World Series. That's what I'm about; I put myself aside. The Red Sox and Astros are knotted at 1-1 as the series pivots to the home of the defending world champions for three straight. But this is bigger than David Price.

Price wasn't great on Sunday night, but he wasn't all-around awful either. It's not exactly the kind of positive takeaway you'd expect for a player making $30 million, but this is where we are with David Price.

On the local front, Houston was the No. 1 metered market, generating a 20.0 local rating, the highest-rated telecast ever for any program on TBS in the market while Boston generated a 19.8 HH rating, the best MLB Postseason telecast on TBS in the market since 2013. We went out there to make sure there was no issue with his head. Maybe next time, he won't have to rely so much on the bullpen. "So everything I heard, he should be fine, and it's a matter of him to show up, and we'll talk to him and see how he feels physically and go from there".

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