David Price: ‘I guess I have to prove that I can pitch’ in postseason
After bouncing between the rotation and bullpen throughout the postseason, David Price will start for the Toronto Blue Jays in a win-or-go-home match-up with the Kansas City Royals in Game 6 of the ALCS. And given he has yet to notch a victory in seven postseason starts, Price understands the pressure is on him to finally show he’s capable of rising to the challenge in a high-pressure, playoff game.
“I guess I have to prove that I can pitch at this point in the season in the playoffs,” Price said, via Eye on Baseball. “I get that. But I don’t have to go out there and prove that I’m a good pitcher. I think I’ve done that over the seven years of my career.
“So I’m just going to go out there, throw my game, have fun, have good things happen, get good results and good things are going to happen, I know they are.”
Overall, Price has been unable to match his regular season success in the postseason. Between starts and coming out of the bullpen, he has compiled a 2-7 record in the playoffs (both victories coming in relief) with a 5.24 ERA in 13 appearances, per Baseball Reference.
Price appears confident to lay it all on the line and the put the past behind him.
“I know what I’m capable of doing, I think everybody in this room knows what I’m capable of doing. And I think I just kind of [have wanted] to do it too badly,” he said. “And it’s been long overdue for me to get a win as a starter in the playoffs. And I’ll be ready to change that story [Friday].”
There has been talk that Price has been frustrated with how he’s been used in the postseason by the Blue Jays, something he disputed on social media.
Haha media is funny..never said I was mad or upset about anything that's gone on in the playoffs!! And stop twisting my words around..cheers
— David Price (@DAVIDprice24) October 22, 2015
Further, both Price and manager John Gibbons later insisted everyone is on the same page. Price indicated he’s “not upset with how things have transpired throughout the playoffs” and Gibbons lauded the pitcher as the “ultimate team guy.”
And now, Price has to go out and prove he can get it done when everything is on the line.
(image via Toronto Sun)