Alex Cora on OMF explains reason why David Price will start Game 2 vs. Astros in ALCS

Ryan Hannable
October 10, 2018 - 3:08 pm

Just over a week after taking the loss in Game 2 against the Yankees in the ALDS at Fenway Park, David Price will be back on the mound for Game 2 of the ALCS.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora confirmed on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria Wednesday afternoon that the left-hander will start Sunday night against the Astros, and as expected, Chris Sale will start Game 1.

The Red Sox manager noted the differences between Minute Maid Park and Fenway Park as the reason for Price to start Game 2 opposed to a later game in Houston. Cora noted each park has a short porch in left field, but he would rather have Price go against the Astros' right-handed hitters at Fenway opposed to in Houston.

“The way he pitched against them this year, he matches up real well against them," said Cora of Price against the Astros.

Cora also said he thinks he and the Red Sox have identified an issue with Price in the last couple outings, dating back to his final regular-season start against the Orioles on Sept. 30.

“I do feel with that adjustment he’ll be back to the guy that pitched in the middle of the summer and he is going to dominant and be a huge part of what we do," he said.

Meanwhile, Justin Verlander will go for the Astros in Game 1, while Gerrit Cole will go in Game 2.

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