2018 ALCS

Bedard: David Price’s Red Sox career comes down to one start … no pressure

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Up until now, David Price's three-year tenure in a Red Sox uniform has been ... unsatisfying.

Sure, there have been some good moments.

There was his three-hit, eight-inning 7-0 win over the Indians in August. Last year, Price helped Boston to a 3-0 victory over the Yankees with eight shutout innings. And he struck out 14 in win over Atlanta in his first month in a Red Sox uniform.

But a 39-19 record with a 3.74 ERA in three regular seasons is not exactly worth the $90 million the Red Sox have paid to this point, or the $127 million Price still has left on the balance of his seven-year deal — if Price doesn't elect to opt out after this season.

And if you consider his lack of postseason success as a starter — really, by this point, everyone in New England knows his history there — you could make the argument Price has been a flop.

But here's the thing now that the Red Sox dropped Game 1 of their American League Championship Series 7-2 to the Astros on Saturday night: none of that means anything. Price has a chance on Sunday night to completely rewrite his Boston existence.