Red Sox Reporter: So Much Relief For David Price

Price got the first postseason win of his career Thursday

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
October 19, 2018 - 9:27 am

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The Boston Red Sox are going to the World Series. They beat the Astros, 4-1, in Game 5 of the ALDS to win the series Thursday, and David Price got the first playoff win of his illustrious career. 

“There was just so much relief on his face,” Boston Herald Red Sox reporter Jason Mastrodonato said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “Even in moments where he didn’t want to smile, he would smile. He just couldn’t help it.”

Price struck out nine and scattered three hits in six shutout innings.

“The biggest thing that he felt like from a pitching standpoint was all that time he spent warming up in Game 4 – he spent almost an hour warming up in the bullpen and he actually thinks he found something mechanically that enabled him to fix whatever was going on,” Mastrodonato said. “He came out today, he said he felt great throwing the ball this morning, he said he was envisioning himself throwing exactly the way he did today: six shutout innings. His velocity was as high as it’s been in three or four months. He used his change-up a career-high percentage of the time – a pitch that he hasn’t had a feel for, and all of a sudden he had a feel for it. Everything came together perfectly for David Price in this start.”

The defending-champion Astros, stunningly, lost all three games on their home field. They opened the postseason with four straight wins, only to end it with four straight losses.

It was a tough end to their season.

“Those were some of the worst swings we’ve seen from the Astros lineup – and those are some good hitters over there,” Mastrodonato said. “They just couldn’t touch him. The changeup is so effective, he was locked in, he was throwing with good command, with good velocity. That was a different David Price than we’ve seen in the postseason – possibly ever.”

The Red Sox have advanced to the World Series four times since 2004. They won the previous three – in 2004, 2007 and 2013.

Boston will face the winner of Los Angeles versus Milwaukee. Game 6 of the NLCS is Friday at 8:39 p.m. ET in Milwaukee. The Dodgers lead the series 3-2.