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TBS crew completely whitewashes David Price's playoff failures, blames losses on lack of run support

Alex Reimer
October 15, 2018 - 9:40 am

David Price received a standing ovation from the Fenway Faithful Sunday after allowing four runs over 4.2 innings against the Astros in Game 2 of the ALCS. But amazingly, that wasn’t the greatest example of hero-worship the left-hander experienced in his 11th career postseason start. The TBS crew put on a propaganda show about Price’s playoff track record that probably even made Sarah Huckabee Sanders blush.

Early in the contest, broadcasters Brian Anderson and Ron Darling reviewed Price’s atrocious October history. But instead of placing the blame on Price, they talked about the left-hander’s lack of offensive support. Prior to Sunday, Price’s teams scored an average of 1.9 runs per game in his playoff starts. According to Anderson and Darling, that’s the true culprit for his postseason winless streak. 

“What is fact about David Price is the fact he has not won a postseason start,” Anderson explained. “What is false about David Price is that he’s never pitched well in the postseason. That’s not true. He’s had moments. He’s had great moments out of the bullpen. Before he got back to Boston, he was 4-of-8 for quality starts in the postseason. In all eight of those starts, he went at least six innings. His two postseason starts in Boston have gone a total of five innings. There have been moments of greatness for him. I brought this up in the division series, but go back to that game he pitched in 2013 in the tiebreaker game with the season on the line for the Tampa Bay Rays. They had to play game 163 in Arlington against the rangers. That was as good as we saw that here. David price went the distance, finished against Texas.”

Wow. If Price opts out of his contract at the end of the season, perhaps he should deploy Anderson to negotiate on his behalf. It’s laughable that Anderson just brushes aside Price’s two abominable playoff outings in Boston or pretends that recording quality starts only half of the time is good for the most expensive pitcher in baseball history. After that diatribe, Darling came in for the kill.

“It’s almost inconceivable that he would have no wins at this point,” Darling said. “But think of it this way: this is his 11th start in the postseason. His teams have never scored for him in the first inning until tonight.”

In true Price fashion, he surrendered a two-run home run to Marwin Gonzalez shortly after the verbal pat on the head. Price followed up that effort with a shutdown inning in the fourth before getting pulled with one out remaining in the fifth. He walked DH Tyler White on four straight pitches before getting the heave-ho.

Given Price’s playoff futility, his somewhat respectable start on Sunday night has to be viewed as a victory. Nothing embodies his history of October failure more than that.