LOS ANGELES – Twenty-two days ago, David Price was bent from the height of Fenway Park. He had lasted only 10 hits in his start against Yankees in the Division Series, earning two home teams and resigned in the second inning as dissatisfied fans recalled his record in the afterseason. It fell to 0-9 when Red Sox lost that game.
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In a late night shift after Boston’s remarkable comeback over the last three innings to beat Dodgers in Game 4, Chief Alex Cora closed his postgame news conference with a surprise message: Price, and not Chris Sale, will start Game 5.  “We talked about it before the game and this is a good place for David, in a National League park, to start a game,” said Cora. “It’s clear he has thrown the ball well. It’s not that we play with the lead, but we know it for the team because because we’re on pitching, it’s good to go with David.”
The explanation feels a little insufficient, especially as it involves starting the price of three rest days – not with its 13-raising appearance in Game 3 – instead of selling on a regular four-day rest. But we also know enough about certain things that speculate that Boston’s decision is likely to be related to the health of Sale’s left shoulder. His speed has gone down, his command has gone off, they do not want him to swing the bat, his ability to throw himself deep into the game is probably limited, he had stomach ache, an extra few rest day would not be the worst of ideas.
This does not mean Game 5 will be about Price trying to earn its place in Red Sox lore along with Roberts Steal or Bloody Sock or Big Papi’s hero. If we have learned something about this Red Sox roster, there are 25 guys who contribute – OK 24, as we are still waiting for Drew Pomeranz to make a prominent – and Cora has weaved through his rising staff like Maradona attacks England defense in the 1986 World Cup.
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Although Cora said that Sale would still start Game 6 if the series returns to Boston, he later added that Sales may be available in relief in the right situation – probably meaningful if they “continue with a chance to close it, especially considering Craig Kimbrel’s potential limited availability after throwing 56 of the last two matches.
If he makes use of it Sales and then happen strange things and Dodgers survive, Cora still has options for Games 6 and 7. Game 3 starts Rick Porcello can start Game 6 on three days rest after throwing only 61 seats. It would set up Nathan Eovaldi to start Game 7 if necessary after throwing 97 seats in Friday’s Marathon.
But Cora is focused on winning Game 5. He has repeatedly said that the late season’s point is to win today and then worry about tomorrow. The 18th innings game has used the bullet quite a bit in the last two days – that is why Sale is a potential relief option. The game counts for the Boston relics in the last two days:
Kimbrel: Two Looks, 56 Places
Joe Kelly: Two Looks, 42 Places
Matt Barnes: Two Looks, 34 Places
Heath Hembree: One appearance, 25 places
Ryan Brasier: A look, 18 places
Pomeranz: No appearances
Hello, even Porcello is an alternative. Along with the price and sales he had even gone to Cora before Game 4 and volunteered. The sale had lobbied to enter Game 3 as a positioner like Eduardo Nunez hobbled after a series of thumbs and crashes.
Sure, it’s a cliché story this time of year, but Red Sox is all in this together. Cora held a quick team meeting after the 18th innings and the team responded by giving Eovaldi a standing ovation. The price traveled with Eovaldi on the law bus back to the hotel.
“Every game and every night someone else goes up,” Kelly said after the match 4. “It has been our mantra all season.”
The team actually made nine late runs, although Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez joined 0-for-8. The fact is that even Steve Pearce home released Kenley Jansen the bound game, No. 1 to 4 hitters had been a combined 0-in-41 in Los Angeles. Before Pearce’s home run, Mitch Moreland hit the big three-round homer by Ryan Madson. Moreland had not been homered since 22-28 October in August.
“We do not trust two guys,” Cora repeated after Game 4. “Brock (Holt) did a great job. Steve, he was amazing, Mitch with a big swing. We continued to put up good bats.”  As usual, all Cora seems to work. His only obvious doubtful decision this decision this fall season left Eduardo Rodriguez for a long time on Saturday. Cora acknowledged that he pushed him too far. Otherwise: All movements are turned to gold. Earlier this autumn season I asked Cora about Boston’s decision to wear 11 seats all after-seasons when the other three teams carry 12. He quoted a reason that, by wearing Blake Swihart as a third detainee, they had to clamp together for their other prisoners.
Well, in Game 4, he beat both prisoners. The first time came in seventh with Jackie Bradley Jr., but he still had Moreland to hit the pot. In the ninth, with the bound match, Rafael Devers struck Sandy Leon and drove in the run-up. Swihart then got nineteen on the bottom.
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Cora is not about to take credit for all this.
“It’s just about the players,” he said for the second time. “They are talented. We have information, we put them in stains as we feel they will be successful. But in the end they are the ones who beat homers and play and actually make the managers good, that’s it.”
Red Sox has made Cora look like a genius: they are 10-3 in October. They need a further win. You must consider Betts and Martinez for some damage. The prize goes now for its third straight postseason win as an appetizer.
The story points to Red Sox.
There’s a story on the other side too … and Clayton Kershaw begins with the season on the line. Enjoy the game.