By Danny Picard
BOSTON — The last time we saw David Price in October, he was handing the ball to John Farrell and walking off the field in Cleveland, during Game 2 of last year’s ALDS.
It was only the fourth inning, and Price had thrown just 65 pitches. But Farrell had seen enough.
After losing to the Indians in Game 1, the Red Sox trailed 4-0 in what was essentially a must-win Game 2. Price had allowed all four of those runs in the second inning, which included a three-run home run to Cleveland’s No. 8 hitter, left-hander Ronnie Chisenhall, who ripped a low liner down the right-field line.
Fast-forward to the fourth inning, where Price — who looked to have settled down with two strikeouts in a scoreless third — allowed a single and a walk. The walk was the final straw. He had given the No. 9 hitter, Roberto Perez, a free pass. So, out came Farrell. And Price’s day was done.
The Red Sox were eventually swept by the Indians. In the process, the elephant in the room put on a couple pounds.
Outside of the clubhouse, we have no problem discussing it: Price has been no good as a starting pitcher in the postseason. And that’s not up for debate.