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David Price doesn't know what he's learned from past postseason starts, but says success is coming

Ryan Hannable
October 13, 2018 - 5:45 pm

Everyone knows the lack of success David Price has had in the postseason -- 5.22 ERA in 18 appearances, including his teams being 0-10 in his starts -- but even Price himself doesn't exactly know why.

"I don't know. That's a tough question. I don't really have an answer," Price said Saturday when asked what he's learned about pitching in the postseason. "I feel like I've given some answers the past eight years, but I really don't have an answer for it.

"I mean it's different baseball. It is. It's fun. I enjoy it. Haven't been successful the way that I know I can be and will be, but I look forward to getting out there tomorrow."

Price said Red Sox manager Alex Cora told him he would be starting again this postseason even before Game 2 of the ALDS against the Yankees was over. The left-hander has good numbers against the Astros this year (1-0 with 3.65 ERA) and he's looking forward to getting on the mound again. 

What's the key to getting the success he had in the second half of the season?

"Execute pitches," he said. "I know I say that a lot. But that's what I need to do. The fastball command on both sides of the plate and then go from there. So go out there, command the fastball, and then execute everything else."

Even with his recent struggles, Price said the Boston fans have been nothing but supportive.

"Everything has been good from fans," he said. "Out and about. Just warming up in the bullpen. Going out to the bullpen. They've supported me the entire year. I feel like it's been good."

Price will get the ball in Game 2, which is set for Sunday night.

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