2018 AL Division Series

McAdam: David Price only part of the problem in Game 2 loss

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The easy and obvious thing to do is to hang this one on David Price.

After all, it was Price who put the Red Sox behind 1-0 two batters into the game. It was he who threw another gopher ball to open the second. And it was he who forced the Red Sox bullpen to provide 7.1 innings, using up precious bullets in a short series.

And Price deserves a big heaping slice of the blame pie, punting away any momentum the Red Sox had earned in Game 1 and turning this series, very quickly, into a best-of-three with two of those games in New York.

The aim here isn't to let Price off the hook. When the Red Sox needed him to step on the Yankees' throats, he instead pulled a pratfall on the mound and was hounded into the dugout by a justifiably angry 39,151 at Fenway.

Now that we have that out of the way, let's also recognize that the predicament the Red Sox find themselves in is not just Price's doing.

When Price left, the Red Sox trailed 3-0 in the top of the second. That's hardly insurmountable for a team which led the majors in virtually every offensive category during the regular season and boasted not one but two legitimate MVP candidates among its first three hitters in Saturday's lineup.

But the normally explosive offense