Biggest 180s: David Price turns around his postseason fortunes

Mike Cratty
February 18, 2019 - 10:00 am

One of the biggest Red Sox storylines going into the 2018 postseason was the concern about David Price, and for good reason. Expectations should be high for a pitcher making $217 million over the course of his current deal with the Red Sox, but the veteran pitcher's postseason numbers before the 2018 World Series run weren’t good at all. 

However, Price turned things around in an epic way and became a huge reason the Red Sox won it all this past fall. After struggling in his first two starts of the postseason, only furthering the narrative that he couldn’t get it done, Price locked in for the remainder of the playoffs. 

Beginning with Game 5 of the ALCS, Price made four appearances and allowed just three earned runs over 19 2/3 innings for a 1.37 ERA. He won the ALCS-clinching Game 5, got another win in Game 2 of the World Series, came out of the bullpen in Game 3, and then won the World Series-clinching Game 5 on two days’ rest.

Price's 2018 postseason made him a Red Sox hero and World Series champion, and marked a dramatic 180 when it came to a narrative that had haunted him for years.