David Price, a very good left-handed pitcher in the regular season, a five-time all-star, cannot win a start in the post-season. And he has had his chances — 10 of them, in fact — and whatever team he was pitching for at the time has lost all 10 of those games.
Saturday night was another fiasco to add to this list of the lost. Price, 33, who is in the middle of a seven-year, $217-million (U.S.) deal with the Boston Red Sox, gave up three runs before being removed with two outs in the second inning, and he took still another post-season loss in a 6-2 New York Yankees victory that evened the American League Division Series at a game apiece.
Consider that Price’s record in his 10 post-season starts with Tampa Bay, Detroit, Toronto and Boston is now 0-9 with a 6.03 earned-run average.
Compare those numbers with his career record in the regular season: 143-75 with a fine 3.25 ERA. He won the Cy Young Award in 2012, when he was 20-5 with the Tampa Bay. Since joining Boston, and dealing at times with injuries, he is 39-19 with a 3.74 ERA. And this year, he was terrific in the second half of the regular season, going 11-3 with a 3.33 ERA.
Now the post-season has arrived, again. Surely, by dint of the law of averages or just sheer luck, Price should have won Game 2 on Saturday. But he did not.
“I know I’m capable of winning games as a starter in October,” Price said afterward. “That’s what I look forward to doing.”
On Saturday, the trail of post-season misery was compounded by his mounting history of failure against the Yankees. Price is 15-14 in the regular season against them, with a 4.90 ERA, but those numbers obscure an increasing ineffectiveness.
Indeed, since he joined the Red Sox for the 2016 season, Price’s record against the Yankees, including Saturday, is 2-8 with a 7.95 ERA. This year alone, it reached almost absurd levels as he went 0-3 against them in the regular season with a 10.34 ERA and surrendered nine home runs in four games.
If you include Saturday’s fiasco, Price’s numbers against the Yankees this season look like this: 0-4 in five starts with a 10.90 ERA and 11 home runs surrendered. Awful.