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David Price has no explanation for his history of postseason struggles

David Price has no explanation for his history of postseason struggles

Down quickly 3-0 to the New York Yankees in Game 2 of the American League Division Series, any whisper of faith Red Sox fans had in their No. 2 starter blew away in the October wind as quickly as Aaron Judge's blast in the top of the first.

The Yankees did exactly what they needed to do Saturday. "You know you can protect guys". "That's kind of what we've been waiting for to some degree where he can take over a game on offense".

Eovaldi, also a righty, was 6-7 with a 3.81 ERA in 22 appearances (21 starts) during the regular season.

The Yankees led the majors in home runs (267), and 54 percent of them (144) were launched in the Bronx.

Price and Tanaka are flawless examples as well and that was on full display in Game 2 on Saturday.

"We have to keep them in the ballpark".

Given that the ALDS is only a best-of-five series, Boston won't need Price to start again versus the Yankees. I'm every bit as bad as this playoff series.

The Yankees are pitching better - holding Boston to eight hits and two runs over the last 14 innings.

That's when Sanchez aimed one in the same direction, sending it out of the park and onto Lansdowne Street. I envisioned him reading all the mean tweets about his Game 2 performance, bathing in the pain of another postseason loss, as if it were a way to cleanse his soul of his October sins. "But a homer is a homer". The Yankees, he said, "make it tough for me, and knowing that, you have to go out there and execute pitches in big spots".

The 2012 AL Cy Young Award victor - and two-time runner up for the award - Price signed a seven-year, $217 million deal to come to Boston as a free agent before the 2016 season and has pitched like an ace in the regular season. Many pointed out that Red Sox manager Alex Cora saw Astros skipper A.J. Hinch use starters out of the bullpen to his advantage on the way to a World Series win last year and copied it with Boston this year. The 29-year-old functioned exclusively as a starter during the regular season, as has been the case throughout his career, and pitched to a 4.28 ERA/4.01 FIP with 8.94 K/9 and 2.26 BB/9 in 191 1/3 innings.

"That's probably just something they do when they win", the manager said.

Still, there's the question: Can the Red Sox win the World Series if Price doesn't pitch well? But I know I'm more than capable of winning games as a starter in October.

Meanwhile, the Red Sox got a run back against Tanaka on Xander Bogaerts's homer to straightaway center field in the fourth, and a second run against reliever Dellin Betances in the seventh.

Eovaldi has pitched very effectively against the Yankees since joining the Red Sox, turning in eight shutout innings at Fenway Park on August 4 and then not allowing a run and just two hits in six innings at Yankee Stadium Sept. 18. "We'll know a little bit more after all his rounds of whatever, steam and all that stuff he goes on, and then we'll talk to (team trainer Brad Pearson) and go from there". But when he came up again in the seventh, he broke the game open.

The Yankees won 53 games this season at Yankee Stadium.

"One of our overwhelming strengths is our bullpen, and when you get into these postseason games, especially when you have some off-days sprinkled in, you don't worry as much about workload", Boone said. He just kept stepping out.

Price said he'll be ready to go on Monday. "That's all it was".

The team announced the decision on Sunday.

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