Alex Cora ejected during Game 1 of ALCS

Annette Crawford
October 14, 2018

Much has been made of David Price's constant problems in October as a starter, and the worries about his fitness didn't get any better after he was bombed in a short and brutal Division Series start against the Yankees. Benintendi didn't take the lumber off his shoulder for ONE pitch of that fifth-inning at-bat, which was Boston's golden opportunity to shift the momentum in Game 1.

- Sox hitters seem like they've never swung or check-swung at more balls bounced in the dirt than they did in Game 1.

Previous year he got into an expletive-filled spat with the media- a day after he said he would no longer be talking to the media - and the account of that altercation strongly suggested it was about Price reading things people said about him and getting really, really, really mad. Sale's third inning was scoreless, and he struck out two in a flawless fourth, seemingly regaining the feel on his slider. Whether the issue is mechanical or physical or a combination of the two (or perhaps a reaction to the chilly weather; temperature at first pitch was 50 degrees and dropped from there), the Red Sox stand no chance of defeating Houston if Sale isn't right.

He didn't come close to delivering it.

The Red Sox offense didn't show up either. He is competing out there, trying to go in with a fastball and it just got away a little bit. "But once that happens, then you've got to reset and not relinquish the lead". That was enough for Cora, though, who pulled Sale after 86 pitches. Cora attributed his struggles in Game 2 last weekend not to playoff failures past, but the Yankees simply having his number. It was a one-pitch pitcher, fastball glove side. "(Hoye) did. You can't argue balls and strikes, and he threw me out". So, velocity-wise he finished strong. "They pitched their way out of it, but we didn't hit our way into it". Still, it shows that Price is keenly aware of what is said about him and that, even if he has handled himself better in the past year, it's very likely he's still reading and being affected by such stuff.

Time after time, Verlander came up with big games when the Astros needed them most during a heated AL West race with the Oakland Athletics. "That's me. Just keep pitching".

Now might be a good time to practice belly breathing or mindfulness or ruby slipper clicking or whatever strategies you use to combat uneasiness-slash-anxiety-slash-PANIC.

- I thought Andrew Benintendi had a walk. "I was trying to limit the damage and get out there as quick as we can".

"We'll see tomorrow", Boston catcher Sandy Leon said.

"I'm not sure how that play was going to play out, where Joe was", Houston manager A.J. Hinch said. There's nothing left to say, we (and he?) all fear, because Sunday's just going to bring more of the same.

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