Getty Images

David Price exits in the fourth inning of ALDS Game 2

22 Comments

It only took the Indians 65 pitches to solve Red Sox starter David Price on Friday afternoon. After a 1-2-3 first inning, Price served up three consecutive singles to Carlos Santana, Jose Ramirez, and Brandon Guyer before unloading a three-run bomb to Lonnie Chisenhall in the second.

Price allowed four more baserunners between the second and fourth innings, issuing a walk to Roberto Perez and a pair of singles to Mike Napoli, who made his first steal of the playoffs, and Brandon Guyer. A second walk to Perez was the final straw for John Farrell, who pulled the lefty with one out in the fourth inning.

At 65 pitches and 3 1/3 innings pitched, this officially marks the shortest postseason start of Price’s career to date. He eclipsed his previous mark by a wide margin after going six innings against the Rangers during a Game 5 loss in the 2010 ALDS. According to MLB.com’s Ian Browne, his collective postseason ERA has yet to dip below 5.00 (sample size notwithstanding):

Without Price, the Red Sox currently trail the Indians 5-0 after five innings.

 

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

Alex Gordon
Cody Glenn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
1 Comment

MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.