By Ted Gay – @TedG63
If you think you won’t be seeing David Price in a Red Sox uniform again this season prepare to be disappointed. His aborted Saturday start was equivalent to a failed relief appearance. He will be lopping out of the bullpen in Yankee Stadium as soon as tonight. Chances are the mysterious Mr. Price will be mesmerizing.
It would take a team of psychiatrists working round the clock months to determine what happens to Price in the playoffs. Does he try to hard? Does he not try enough? Whatever their determination, in sports terms, he is a choker.
This meager blogger still believes Price will positively contribute to the Sox cause this postseason but only from the bullpen. A $127 million one inning guy is better than a costly failed starter.
. Eduardo Rodriguez may be a larger long-term problem. Even in the playoffs, he has a lackadaisical attitude towards relieving, as if he feels it is below him. E-Rod is nowhere near good enough to have management coddle a negative attitude. If he isn’t aware enough to cover on a ball hit to the right of the first baseman in the playoffs at the age of 25 is he ever going to be? Kudos to Alex Cora for calling him out on his lack of effort. It would not surprise me if next season Rodriguez will be watching Sox games from the visiting dugout.
Our other Eduardo, Nunez, committed a throwing error, was saved from other by Ian Kinsler and the umpiring crew, plus two more by Mitch Moreland. Since Nunez can’t field, Rafael Devers, who can’t field but can hit, is in the lineup. Only five Sox have an RBI this postseason and Kinsler is one of them so removing him from the lineup may be foolish, but I am glad Brock Holt is at second base. Moreland has not produced since Anthony Kennedy was a Supreme Court Justice and no one heard of Brett Kavanaugh. His bat in the lineup lessens the threat level. Give me Steve Pierce, even against a right-hander. Zach Britton and Ardolis Chapman will be getting the ball in late innings, and Pierce can feast on left-handers then.
The Sox switching Nathan Eovaldi’s start with Rick Porcello’s leaves me flummoxed. My ALDS happy ending was composed of Porcello getting crushed in Game Three, the hometown Sox haters trolling a million “I told you” posts, Eovaldi and Price combining for a win a dramatic Game Four win and the offense exploding behind Sale in Game Five shutting down the Yankees, and the trolls, for a few games at least. (Less you forget, I picked the Indians to win the World Series so consider the source.) I guess Eovaldi can get bombed as easily as Porcello, who is probably better on the mound during an elimination game, but the switch has left me without a happy ending scenario.
But I am sticking with Sox in five.
“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one” – John Lennon
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