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Why Alex Cora Believes David Price Can Turn Around Playoff Struggles

09 October 2018

There's plenty of baseball left, and the Red Sox have a potent lineup capable of coming back.

Boston will start former Yankee Nathan Eovaldi rather than Rick Porcello against NY in Game 3 of the AL Division Series on Monday. Sanchez had three multihomer games in the regular season, none after May 19.

After 10 postseason starts in his career, the 33-year-old has gone 0-9 with a 6.03 ERA. And the righthander's contribution to the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry has given Boston reason to be optimistic about his postseason debut.

The bombing began nearly from the outset.

"I found out once we had landed (in New York) that I was going to start Game 3", Eovaldi added of the move.

Four batters later, Red Sox manager Alex Cora had seen enough and what could well end up being a beleaguered Boston bullpen by the time this series is done was summoned early.

Red Sox reliever Ryan Brasier had words with Sanchez in the fifth, when the Yankees catcher stepped out of the box to think about the 1-2 count against him.

But because this is Boston, and because memories are long here, and because there is a history to account for, you can be assured that all anyone was talking about, as 39,151 fans trudged out of Fenway Park, tuned into sports-talk radio and bellied up to the corner bar, was the unimaginable, uncanny and unacceptable futility - not only Saturday night, but seemingly any time he climbs a mound with the stakes at their highest - of left-handed starter David Price. The Yankees have certainly victimized other pitchers this season, but an inordinate number of home runs, nine in the regular season and two more Saturday night, have come against Price, in just 17 ⅓ innings combined.

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Cora's rather simplistic handicapping of his team's chances to win the series was as elementary as it comes.

"We all know he's capable of that", Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. According to Statcast, it was the longest measured home run ever at the historic venue.

With a 6-1 lead behind them, the Yankees cruised through the remaining three innings.

Of course, Sanchez's presence in the lineup, especially given his two home runs in Saturday's Game 2 win, is important, but Boone said his role as a game caller and on defense can not be underestimated.

Then there's the question of what happens if the Red Sox win game three. He did it in the wild-card game when he hit that home run in the bottom of the first inning. Ortiz hit.545 in the ALDS sweep of the Angels, including a walk-off homer in Game 3. "He's had success against them, and it seems like it's a good matchup; obviously, in the playoffs, game planning is part of it, and I know they're going to be ready, but we will too, and we trust his stuff".

"I would say I just made the pitch right in the middle", Rodriguez said.

Happ, of course, was touted by Yankees faithful as a key to the series. At Fenway Park, however, he is 0-2 with a 7.59 ERA.

Why Alex Cora Believes David Price Can Turn Around Playoff Struggles