David Price wants to start. He wants to prove he is a big game pitcher. He wants to silence the haters. But most of all, Price “just wants to win.”
“My main goal is to win a World Series,” he said after another disappointing postseason start. “Whatever I have to do to help us do that, I’m fine with.”
Price didn’t make it through the second inning last night, allowing three runs (including two home runs), three hits and two walks in 1 2/3 innings pitched.
We’ve seen this before from Price, year-after-year, start-after-start in the post season. In 10 career postseason starts, Price is now 0-9 with a postseason 6.03 ERA. including 13 home runs in 59⅔ innings in postseason starts.
According to ESPN, Price is also the only pitcher in MLB history to allow multiple earned runs in each of his first 10 career postseason starts. The only pitcher to allow multiple earned runs in 11 straight postseason starts is Roger Clemens.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora insisted Price is a starter and will not be considered for a spot in the bullpen.
DAVID PRICE Q&A
Obviously with your history in the playoffs just how disappointing was that start for you?
DAVID PRICE: Just after we won Game 1 … to 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.
How surprised were you, if at all, to be taken out of the game at that point so early in the game?
DAVID PRICE: It’s the playoffs. You see it happen all the time, especially over the past couple of years. Managers go into bullpens extremely early. If I don’t like it, I need to pitch better, period.
What do you think led to your command issues tonight?
DAVID PRICE: I’m not sure. I didn’t execute pitches in big spots in counts; that’s something I wasn’t able to do tonight.
David, you were outstanding in the postseason last year working out of the bullpen. Would you consider making bullpen appearances this postseason?
DAVID PRICE: I just want to win. My main goal is to win a World Series. Whatever I have to do to help us do that, I’m fine with. But I know I’m more than capable of winning games as a starter in October. That’s what I look forward to doing.