The Price is Wrong in the Playoffs. Again.
All signs pointed to David Price blowing up in the playoffs against the Yankees. Not only is the $217 million man winless as a starter in the postseason, he's at his worst when facing the Red Sox biggest rival. Over the course of his career, Price has a 4.90 ERA with 35 home runs allowed in 250 innings. That's one homer every seven innings.
"But, Chris, Price has pitched so well in the second half of the season. He must have it all turned around", you say? Try on these numbers: in 2018 vs Yankees, Price is 0-3 with a 10.34 ERA and nine home runs allowed in less than 16 innings pitched.
Enough with the numbers overload, I get it. We knew there was no way Price would pitch at Yankee Stadium again this season, but his playoff past would have been enough for me to think twice about giving him a start. Out of the bullpen, however, the lefty out of Vanderbilt was more than effective in the playoffs in 2017 with more than five scoreless innings in relief.
After Chris Sale silenced the doubters that surfaced as his velocity dropped off in the second half of the regular season, Price could not do the same in Game 2. He allowed two more home runs to the Yankees, raising that total to eleven this season, and left the game after recording only five outs.