Rick Porcello picked a horrible time to have his shortest, and arguably worst outing of the 2016 season last night.
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Because now, the fate of the Red Sox rests pretty much squarely on the shoulders of one David Price (pictured).
Oh to be sure, the offense needs to show up, too, but make no mistake - this is a pivotal game for both Price and the Red Sox.
Down 1-0 in a best-of-three series, does anyone REALLY envision a 1999 scenario in which Cleveland took a 2-games-to-none lead in the ALDS only to lose three in a row to Boston?
You know the drill by now - Price's post-season record is a less-than-stellar 2-7 with a 5.12 ERA with both wins coming in relief. His 2016 regular season was marred by a stretch between June 3rd and August 7th in which he posted a 2-7 record (the team was 3-10 in his starts over that same span). He also gave up home runs at an alarming rate - a career-high 30 during the regular season.
Opposing Price will be Corey Kluber who was 18-9 with a 3.14 ERA. Kluber is pitching on 10-days rest and he finished the season with a right quadriceps injury that may limit his performance this afternoon.
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