2018 AL Division Series

Bedard: Have we seen the last of David Price after another postseason flop?

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If it was ever going to be different for David Price when it comes to postseason pitching, Saturday night against the Yankees seemed to be the moment to change things.

The pressure was largely off after Chris Sale pitched well in Game 1 and the Red Sox survived for a 5-4 victory. It was surely better than a must-win Game 2.

It had been two years since Price's last postseason start — more than enough time to wash the stink of an 0-8 record in nine postseason starts and a 5.74 ERA to start anew.

And it certainly seemed like a different David Price entering this game. Since the All-Star break, Price went 6-1 with a 2.25 ERA over his final 11 starts. He even pitched well in an eventual 5-4 win over these Yankees at Fenway in August, when he shut out New York for six innings and allowed just three hits.

So the stars were aligned for Price on Saturday night and ... thud.

Final line: 1.2 innings pitched (shortest of his pathetic postseason career, which is saying something), three hits allowed, two home runs, two walks and three runs with 10 batters faced.

Oh, and he was booed lustily coming off the bound.

"It's tough," Price said after the game. "You know, just after we won Game 1 to go out there and have that opportunity to go up 2-0. And to throw the baseball the way that I did, it was definitely tough. But my spirits aren't down, my confidence isn't down. I'm looking forward to getting back out there and getting another opportunity."

Whether that happens again in this series remains very much in doubt.