The Red Sox are headed back to the World Series for the first time since 2013 and 4th time since 2004. And when David Price gets there he will no longer have that proverbial monkey on his back.
The Sox Game 5 starter silenced a lot of critics on Thursday night by delivering by far the best postseason start of his career, a 4-1 Red Sox win. Price pitched 6 shutout innings on 3 days rest, allowing only 3 hits and no walks while striking out 9.
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— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) October 19, 2018
Remember when none of us (justifiably) wanted to see David Price start another playoff game? To his credit, this is one of the few times an athlete can legitimately play the "no one believed in me" card.
— John Tomase (@jtomase) October 19, 2018
For Price this was his first ever win as a starter in the playoffs (0-10 in 11 previous postseason starts) as the Sox closed out the Astros 4-games-to-1.
Despite pitching on only 3 days rest Price displayed his best velocity in months and his changeup – which he only threw 9 times in Game 2 – kept Astros hitters off balance all night long. Price threw the change 35 times inducing 11 swings and misses and used it as his strikeout pitch 4 times.
The Red Sox scored four runs off Astros starter Justin Verlander courtesy of the long ball. JD Martinez slammed a solo shot in the 3rd. Then in the 6th Rafael Devers deposited a 98 mile per hour fastball from Verlander into the left field seats giving Boston a 4-0 lead.
The Red Sox cobbled together the final 9 outs using 3 different pitchers. Matt Barnes went two thirds of an inning giving up a solo homer to Marwyn Gonzalez in the 7th. He was relieved by Nathan Eovaldi who got the next 4 outs including a strikeout of “Mr. Instagram” himself Alex Bregman, which resulted in price chirping from the dugout.
— NYSportsCast (@NYSportCast) October 19, 2018
In a somewhat surprise move Craig Kimbrel was brought out for the 9th one day after struggling through 2 innings in Game 4.
— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) October 19, 2018
But Kimbrel got the job done walking one batter before retiring the Astros in the 9th.
Boston will face either the Los Angeles Dodgers or Milwaukee Brewers in the World Series. The Dodgers currently lead the NLCS 3-games-to-2. Game one will be played at Fenway park on Tuesday October 23rd.