Brock Holt shows support for David Price on D&K: 'We want him on the mound' in Game 2

Alex Reimer
October 11, 2018 - 1:20 pm

Red Sox fans may not be excited about David Price starting Game 2 of the American League Championship Series Sunday. But apparently his teammates are. 

In an interview with “Dale & Keefe” Thursday, new postseason hero Brock Holt said Red Sox players can’t wait to see Price take the bump against the Astros at Fenway Park in an attempt for postseason redemption.

“We want him on the mound,” Holt said. “I really feel like he's going to go out and throw the ball like he's capable of throwing it. I don't think there's any guy in the clubhouse who's worried about David Price pitching. We want him to throw the ball, he's a huge part of why we've been so good, and he's going to be a huge part of why we get to where we want to be in the end.”

Price is winless in 10 career playoff starts, and delivered perhaps his most performance ever against the Yankees last Saturday night, surrendering three runs in 1.2 innings. But Holt says he eventually expects Price’s regular season success to carry over into October.

“The success he's had in his career throughout the regular season, it's going to translate to the postseason one of these times,” Holt explained. “We have all of the faith in him as a starting pitcher, and we want him to have the ball. We're excited about him getting the ball in Game 2.”

Holt, who became the first player in MLB playoff history to hit for the cycle Monday, seemingly doesn’t wilt under pressure. He revisited his ninth inning home run against catcher Austin Romine in Game 3, and admitted he was trying to go yard. 

“As a position player, you don't like facing position players, because everyone expects you to get a hit off of them, and they're actually kind of difficult to do that against, because we all say they kind of throw below the hitting speed,” Holt said. “You also know what you're going to get. When I needed a home run, I was like, 'I got to at least try here.' So I was able to do it, and that's why you saw the dugout go as crazy as it did, because we were all talking about it before the at-bat. So it was a pretty cool moment for sure.”

Despite Holt’s incredible performance in Game 3, he was out of the lineup against CC Sabathia for the clinching win on Tuesday. When asked about his reaction to the benching, Holt said he supports Alex Cora –– just like everybody else in the Red Sox dugout.

“I figured I would get in there at some point,” he said. “I thought maybe in Game 3 I would play early on, and then he told me on the off-day we had before Game 3, 'Hey, you're going to be in there tomorrow.' So I figured that, and said, 'I'm probably not playing Game 4, because CC is throwing.' So I already kind of figured. You got out and have a big night like that, but we've been doing it the same all year, and it's been working. All of our guys 1-25 on the roster can help us win, and that's how we've been rolling the whole year. So I was kind of expecting not to play, but he called me that morning and said, 'Hey, we're going to go with the righties, since CC is throwing, but just be ready.' That's our job. If we're in there to start, be ready to come in if need be.”