Games 3 and 4 are at Yankee Stadium on Monday and Tuesday nights, with Game 5 back in Boston on Thursday, if necessary.
The postseason has been Price's personal palace of misery.
The Yankees catcher, who tested his manager's confidence with a sub-.200 batting average and poor defense for most of the season, hit two homers, the second a 479-foot shot clear out of the ballpark that sent NY to a 6-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night and tied their AL Division Series at one game apiece. 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.
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.
Had the Yankees or Red Sox won the first two games, Monday's tilt would have lost some juice. And to throw the baseball the way that I did, it was definitely tough. "That's what I look forward to doing".
Everything in the postseason is a small sample of performance. The New York Yankees catcher is bewitching the hearts of baseball fans this evening at Fenway Park, following up his early solo home run with an absolutely ridiculous 479-foot dinger that carried the way out of the building and gave the visitors a five-run lead. 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. Like when you throw 100 miles per hour and you place it in the right spot, even if they take a good swing, you can get missed hits. It was the first time in 299 regular-season and postseason starts that Price failed to strike out a batter. That's the easy hot take. "Me watching from afar previous year, especially in the postseason, you could kind of see that raw intensity connection that the fan base had with the players". There's no reason to believe he didn't want to be out there. "My main goal is to win in the playoffs, to win a World Series".
Gary Sanchez did him one better. The Yankees' star outfielder had another great game on Saturday night, hitting a monster of a home run to give his team the lead. Red Sox manager Alex Cora didn't have any faith either in giving him the quick hook. Andrew McCutchen knocked in the third run with a loud single high off the Monster.
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It simply wasn't the way David Price wanted to start the 2018 playoffs.
Price said he didn't execute. The Red Sox acquired Eovaldi from the Rays via trade in late July. 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's the ultimate competitor. He's the No. 2 starter in the rotation behind Chris Sale. The Porcello move helped Boston's shaky bullpen survive Game 1, but nothing could prevent a collapse in a 6-2 loss in Game 2. He used Rick Porcello in Game 1 and then Eduardo Rodriguez in Game 2. I was ready to go. "I don't know. I'm not sure", he said.
"I think it's fun", Boone said. 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".
"Not much to talk about", Brasier said plainly.
Maybe they'll use Price in relief before this series closes. His team managed as many strikeouts as hits (13) in the opening two games and the bottom of the order seems filled with overmatched hitters. His presence evoked one of the unique aspects of a winner-take-all postseason game: a starting pitcher on standby to enter in relief.