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Perhaps you haven't heard, but David Price struggles in postseason -- he hopes that ends Saturday

John Tomase
October 05, 2018 - 5:00 pm

David Price fielded the first question about his playoff struggles.

"Just focus on every pitch," he said.

David Price fielded the second question about his playoff struggles.

"Just another game," he said. "Don't treat it any differently than any other game I've been a part of this year or in my career."

David Price fielded the third question about his playoff struggles and finally he couldn't help but laugh.

"I just don't have an answer for you guys," he said. "I've been asked that quite a while now. I can't really put my finger on it. That was my generic answer."

Price spoke on Friday afternoon, 24 hours before taking the mound for Game 2 of the American League Division Series against the Yankees. In case you haven't heard, Price still hasn't won a playoff start in his career, a streak he hopes to end on Saturday.

Ironically, manager Alex Cora points to the worst start of Price's life -- a five-homer stinker in Yankee Stadium in July -- as the turning point in his season. From there, Price remade his approach with clear results: Over his final 12 starts, he went 7-1 with a 2.41 ERA.

"Move the ball around," Price said. "It's something I've done a really good job of in my career. And at that point in this season I was really one side of the plate the entire -- for a while. So to switch that back up, making pitches on both sides of the plate, that did a lot for me."

Price has awaited this moment for a long time, since losing Game 2 of the 2016 ALDS in Cleveland with a lackluster performance of five runs in 3 1/3 innings. He was dynamite last postseason against the Astros, but out of the bullpen.

"It's been 300-something games, however long it's been," Price said. "It has been a while. I look forward to getting back to that point, going out there and starting a baseball game and giving us a chance to win."

He feels the same way about his team, which has gained valuable experience over the last two years despite bowing in the ALDS both times.

"This team has two more years of playoff experience under their belt, especially with our young group of guys who got to experience their first playoff atmosphere in 2016," he said. "For us to be able to get back to that point last year and this year, it's two more years of experience under everybody's belt. That helps everybody out."

And as for shaking his postseason legacy, Price could only laugh when asked if a win would earn him a place in the hearts of Red Sox fans.

"Yeah, but if I lose the entire playoffs and we win a World Series, I'll take that," he said. "That's what I'm here for. I want to -- I don't want this to be about me and me not winning. I want to go out there tomorrow and throw the ball well, and help the Red Sox win. Whether we're up 1-0 or down 1-0 or whatever it is, I want the Red Sox to win tomorrow. That's what I worry about."