4. A rejuvenated David Price
Red Sox starter David Price has taken far more than his lumps in postseason play. Things didn’t look too different early on in these playoffs, with Price leaving his division series start against the New York Yankees in just the second inning. His Game 2 start in the ALCS wasn’t really much to write home about either as he gave up four runs in five innings, though the Red Sox still ended up winning the game.
That was the first time a team had won a playoff game that was started by Price; previously, teams were 0-10. How’s that for a bad October reputation?
Finally, in Game 5 of the ALCS in Houston, Price hit his stride in playoff baseball for the first time in his career. He pitched six shutout innings, only allowing three hits with nine strikeouts, as the Red Sox eliminated the Astros with a 4-1 victory to claim the AL pennant.
Boston ace Chris Sale will get the Game 1 start against the Dodgers, but Price is expected to make the start in Game 2. It’s impossible to know if he has truly exorcized his playoff demons after just one good outing, but he was dominant in Game 5 and there’s no denying that.
If Sale can lead the Red Sox to a win in Game 1, and then Price can duplicate his previous start in Game 2 against the Dodgers, the Red Sox could be going to Dodger Stadium up 2-0 in the series. And as mentioned earlier, they are 5-0 on the road in this postseason.