Will David Price pitch well in the playoffs?

Can Price exorcise his playoff demons?

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David Price pitches against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park on April 11, 2018. –Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

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David Price has truly pitched great in the second half, but then he goes and gets bombed in Yankee Stadium again. I was beginning to believe in him, but last night was discouraging. Does anyone still believe after that he’s going to exorcise his playoff demons this year?  I don’t know how you can. – John M.

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Well, I saw him blow away J.D. Drew in a huge spot in the playoffs once, so I for one have always believed in him.

OK, that’s not quite true. That 0-8 record as a postseason starter – and 2-8 with a 5.03 ERA overall in 17 appearances – is hardly encouraging under any scenario, especially since during many of those failed postseason performances occurred in years in which he was among the best pitchers in baseball.

It’s bizarre, but it is not a small sample (73.1 innings), and it’s something that must be taken seriously until he goes out and pitches a couple of gems to make us relax about it.

I do think he is capable of doing that, and maybe (probably) I am a sucker, but I’m putting more stock in his excellent second half (5-1, 2.00 ERA, 0.90 WHIP in 10 starts) than I am one quirky-lousy start in New York, when he gave up three Williamsport homers  in 5.1 innings.

I think Price will pitch well in the playoffs. But there’s no way he should throw a single pitch in the Bronx unless the only other option is Joe Kelly.

But what do you guys think? Will David Price pitch well in the postseason this year? I’ll hear you in the comments. 

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