While he had three hits and two RBIs in Game 4 - his only multi-hit game this postseason - he hit a relatively quiet.316 with three RBIs against the 108-win Red Sox. Now, whoever said it, I think he works for WFAN or whatever, you know what? Can't cut it in Boston.
Price left with a 4-0 lead.
The numbers, both overall and on the defensive side of the ball specifically, back Price's claim.
That narrative requires some unpacking as well. The two seemed to rectify the pitch-tipping issues that were plaguing the closer, as Kimbrel worked around a one-out walk to pitch a scoreless ninth inning Thursday, striking out Carlos Correa and Marwin Gonzalez to send the Sox to their first World Series since 2013.
And while we're at it, save some told-ya-so's for the Boston bullpen, which was widely considered to be the team's fatal flaw, one that would surely sink it this month amid the heightened pressure and shorter starts of the postseason.
The Red Sox pulled off the upset for a variety of reasons, including some surprise contributions from unexpected players.
Altuve went 1 for 4 in the finale. However, Boston scored eight runs in Games 3 and 4 and another four while Verlander was on the mound in Game 5, so it could very well be in their heads. And a night after Craig Kimbrel almost blew Game 4, Cora didn't hesitate to put in his closer for the ninth. Instead he ends up accounting for the first run of the game.
But in a way, that made this the ideal scenario for Price - one in which there would be few expectations, little pressure and less downtime to stew over his previous postseason failures.
Cora, speaking Friday on WEEI, confirmed that ace Chris Sale will go in Game 1 at Fenway Park on Tuesday, facing either the Los Angeles Dodgers or Milwaukee Brewers. "I mean, here we are, we're going to the World Series". Ultimately, his teammates just didn't do enough behind him to make it happen. Still, no team has repeated as World Series champs since the New York Yankees won three straight from 1998-2000. Specifically, Cole's disastrous start in Game 2 provided a major setback for the Astros.
Then, as now, the pitcher they turned to was Justin Verlander.
"They were very - for two years very disappointed the Indians and the Astros and they didn't play well in October".