The postseason has been Price’s personal palace of misery. He lasted just five outs into Saturday’s start for the Boston Red Sox against the New York Yankees, giving up two home runs and three runs. He left to a stinging chorus of boos as he trudged, head down, to the dugout. The Yankees went on to a 6-2 victory to even their American League Division Series at a game apiece.
The losing pitcher doesn’t usually go to the interview room. That’s reserved for the managers and the stars of the game. Price could have addressed the media in the cramped clubhouse underneath the stands at Fenway Park, answered a few question in hushed tones, new nike nfl jerseys for sale cheap but it made sense for him to give a more public assessment of his performance. He had to own up to it.
“It’s tough,” he admitted. “You know, just after we won Game 1 to go out there and have that opportunity to go up 2-0. And to throw the baseball the way that I did, it was definitely tough. But my spirits aren’t down, my confidence isn’t down. I’m looking forward to getting back out there and getting another opportunity.”
Everything in the postseason is a small sample of performance. The Red Sox and Yankees both won 100 games and yet a mere best-of-five series will determine which team advances to the AL Championship Series. 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 have a limited number of games to prove yourself. You get the ball and have to perform.
Price, in his seventh different postseason as a starter with his fourth different team, has failed to do that too many times. At some point, you are what your record says you are.nfl cheap nike jerseys
His troubles began with Aaron Judge, the second batter of the game, who crushed a 1-2 cutter 445 feet over the Green Monster in deep left-center. Gary Sanchez — Price’s personal nemesis — led off the second inning with line shot over the Monster off another cutter. Sanchez has six home runs off Price, remarkably in just 14 career at-bats. With two outs, Price walked Gleyber Torres on five pitches and then Brett Gardner battled for an eight-pitch walk. Andrew McCutchen knocked in the third run with a loud single high off the Monster. With that, Price was done after 42 pitches, his shortest postseason start.
Price said he didn’t execute. Red Sox manager Alex Cora pointed to location. Catcher Sandy Leon said the pitch to Sanchez was actually a good pitch in the right spot, so give credit to Sanchez for a good swing. His teammates are still behind Price.