The answer would depend on how well Price pitched, and by the middle of the game, the Red Sox had it: This was a night to go for the kill. Fortunately for New England, that drought ended Thursday night when the Red Sox clinched the 2018 ALCS over the Houston Astros.
Boston will either play the Los Angeles Dodgers or the Milwaukee Brewers in the Fall Classic, depending on the outcome of the National League Championship Series. Boston leads Houston 3-1 in the best-of-seven series.
With Carlos Correa struggling (until Wednesday night) and Altuve hobbled with a knee injury, A.J. Hinch opted to move Bregman up to the leadoff spot hoping to keep the Red Sox from pitching around him.
On just three days of rest, Price was completely dominant for the Sox on the road. He struck out a postseason career-high nine batters while walking none and holding the Astros to three hits. His nine strikeouts are a postseason best in his 11-year career. During the season, he hit.234/.314/.403 with 13 home runs, 59 RBI, 76 runs scored, and 17 stolen bases in 535 plate appearances.
In his last appearance, Price went four-and-two-thirds innings. They also had players they were expecting to do big things take a step back and really struggle throughout the year.
"Loving both teams, I can definitely say it was a home run and he did nothing wrong", said Brown.
It made sense for Verlander to take the mound for Game 5, an elimination game for the Astros. Ian Kinsler followed with a single, and then 21-year old Rafael Devers hit an opposite-field three-run homer that just barely cleared the wall in left field and landed in the Crawford boxes. His six swings and misses matched his lowest total of the year. That perpetuated Price's reputation: he couldn't win in the postseason as a starter (2-9, 5.42 ERA). The other is Steve Pearce, who had a big homer in Game 3. Especially when they have the team to go all the way and this Yankee team definitely had the talent to make it to a World Series.
The Red Sox will host the victor of the Brewers-Dodgers NLCS. He got a standing ovation when he walked off the field in Fenway Park in game two.