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Monday, October 29, 2018

Price silences October critics while Kershaw gives more fuel to his

No two pitchers of this generation have carried more of a burden from their postseason travails than Kershaw and Price. The dissection of their performances and the myths that have risen from such autopsies have never been fair. There have been disappointments, to be sure. There also have been enough successes to suggest that either star lefty has some innate flaw that prevents them from succeeding in October is madness.

Nevertheless, the baggage that accumulates from such tales piles up over the years. It’s heavy. It’s cumbersome. The questions never cease, the curious inquiries looking for an explanation that mostly doesn’t exist. The only one that makes any sense is that all along, it’s only been baseball and the guys on the other side are pretty good too.


David Price set his postseason narrative on fire and buried the ashes in Los Angeles

You all know the David Price postseason narrative. If for some reason you need reminding, we’ve covered it before. The Price postseason narrative is now dead in the ground. The monkey is off his back, all the pages that made up the narrative have been set on fire, and even Price’s loudest haters are ready to help discard the evidence of it ever existing if it means they can pretend they never had a doubt in the world about the Boston ace.

Price didn’t just pitch in two World Series games in 2018: he got a taste for victory in the American League Championship Series against the Astros for the first time in his postseason career, and now he can’t stop. Price wanted to be involved in every moment of the World Series against the Dodgers that manager Alex Cora would allow, and with Chris Sale ailing from both a stomach malady and a shoulder issue that limited just how much he had left to give the Sox, Cora would accept the help.

Price pitched Game 2, going six innings while allowing just two runs, picking up his second career postseason W as a starter and his first-ever World Series win to boot. That wasn’t enough for him: he told Cora he was ready to go in Game 3 as a reliever if necessary, on one day’s rest — the travel day — and it turned out that yes, Price was necessary: he faced three batters, retiring two of them, to help the Red Sox bridge to Craig Kimbrel in a tie game.

Meanwhile, Clayton Kershaw could only watch as the postseason narrative about him grew even worse.

QLE Posted: October 29, 2018 at 01:38 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, narratives

Friday, October 19, 2018

Alex Cora has some words for a vocal critic of David Price | Boston.com

Why didn’t he just mention the Mad Dog?

“There was a lot of noise,” Cora said. “I was saying today — and I don’t want to pick battles with the media — but I heard somebody today on TV just blasting David, blasting him, calling him the worst pitcher in the postseason.”

...

The belief paid off Thursday.

“When he was throwing 94 miles per hour and the [changeups], I was thinking about that segment on MLB Network today,” Cora said. “I don’t know, probably the guy is going to blast me because I’m talking about him — whoever he is — but you know what? I’m happy David showed up today, and [Friday], we can turn the page and move on to the World Series with David Price.”

And as for the guy on MLB Network?

“He actually should apologize to him.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2018 at 08:49 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: david price

Yes, David Price and Clayton Kershaw can win big October games

Ballplayers have the ability to control the narrative with their play.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2018 at 08:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, david price, dodgers, red sox

Red Sox Reach World Series With David Price’s Playoff Breakthrough - The New York Times

Recently he’s been saying stuff that resonates with Red Sox fans. Last night his production matched his words.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2018 at 08:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, red sox

Friday, August 24, 2018

How David Price became ‘the pitcher Boston signed’ | NBC Sports Boston

Evan Drellich does a good job getting more info on Price’s recent adjustment. He also shines light on why Sale and Price like pitching to Leon.

Can’t forget his catcher, Sandy Leon, either. Price, like Chris Sale, does not attend the pre-start meeting with the coaches and the catchers, as most pitchers do. Even in the day and age of scouting reports, a relatively empty mind can help allow for focus on the pitch — particularly if the guy behind the plate has a supreme grasp on what to call.

“He puts in the work, he puts in the time,” Price said of Leon. “He now has enough time I feel like in the American League to know all these hitters. You know, he thinks back there. He doesn’t take his at-bats out to the field. He does a really good job.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 24, 2018 at 07:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, red sox

Monday, August 20, 2018

What did David Price change? – The Athletic $

Eno Sarris does David Price’s homework.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2018 at 08:06 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, david price, red sox

 

 

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