Postseason Dose: Priceless

Postseason Dose: Priceless
George Bissell breaks down a brilliant performance from David Price in the Red Sox' series-clinching Game 5 victory in Friday's Postseason Dose.
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Jackie Bradley Jr. was named MVP of the 2018 ALCS.

Bradley Jr. is a deserving winner, hitting a pair of homers -- including a grand slam in Game 3 -- in the series and also drawing four walks. His average is just .200 in this postseason, but his .400 on-base percentage and .667 slugging mark -- along with his excellent defense in center -- is more indicative of how good he's been in October.
Oct 19 - 12:06 AM

Marwin Gonzalez hit a solo homer in a 4-1 loss to the Red Sox on Thursday in Game 5 of the ALCS.

The Houston lineup did absolutely nothing against David Price and the Boston bullpen outside of the homer, but the solo blast from Gonzalez prevented the shutout. Gonzalez had a mediocre 2018 season, and will hit free agency in the 2019 campaign. His versatility and ability to hit for power should see him secure a decent contract with someone, but it's possible his strikeout in the ninth inning was the last plate appearance Gonzalez will see as a member of the Astros.
Oct 18 - 11:56 PM

J.D. Martinez hit a solo homer and went 2-for-3 in a Game 5 win over the Astros on Thursday in the ALCS.

Martinez walloped a homer off of Justin Verlander to give the Red Sox a 1-0 lead in the third. The slugger also drew a walk, and it was a continuation of what Martinez did all of 2018: Get on base and hit for power. He'll be the designated hitter for the Red Sox in Game 1 and 2 of the World Series, and then likely start in the outfield when the series transitions to the National League.
Oct 18 - 11:52 PM

Rafael Devers hit a three-run homer in a 4-1 victory over the Astros on Thursday in Game 5 in the ALCS.

The homer was a big one, as it came with the Red Sox holding just a 1-0 lead in the sixth inning off of Justin Verlander to extend the Boston lead to 4-0. It was an excellent series for the soon-to-be 22-year-old with a .385/.467/.615 line over the five games. Don't be surprised if he gets starts at third in the World Series even if Eduardo Nunez is healthy enough to play.
Oct 18 - 11:49 PM

Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless inning with two strikeouts in a save of Game 5 of the ALCS on Thursday against the Astros.

This was much, much better than the effort we saw from Kimbrel on Wednesday. He did walk Yuli Gurriel, but outside of that he was able to locate his fastball and slider, and he had plenty of velocity despite throwing 34 pitches over two innings in the Game 4 effort. Kimbrel will now get a chance to save World Series games against either the Dodgers or Brewers.
Oct 18 - 11:47 PM

Justin Verlander allowed four runs over six innings in a loss to the Red Sox on Thursday in Game 5 of the ALCS.

All four runs allowed by Verlander came on homers; a solo shot by J.D. Martinez and a three-run homer by Rafael Devers that probably doesn’t leave many -- or any -- other parks. Outside of those blasts he was mostly solid, but the Astros needed their ace to be perfect to stave off elimination on Thursday night. He wasn’t. While it ends in disappointment, it was another strong year for the 35-year-old with a 2.52 ERA and 290 strikeouts over 214 innings for the Astros while winning 16 regular season games and two more in the postseason. He’ll be back with Houston in 2019, and we saw nothing in 2018 that suggests he won’t be among the best starters in baseball again next season.
Oct 18 - 11:45 PM

David Price hurled six shutout innings while allowing just three hits and striking out nine in a 4-1 victory over the Red Sox in Game 5 of the ALCS on Thursday.

Narratives were made to be broken. After two shaky postseason starts -- and many more efforts that haven’t accurately reflected Price’s talent -- Price was absolutely brilliant on Thursday. His change-up was an out pitch, and for the overwhelming majority of the game, the former Cy Young winner was able to get ahead of the Houston lineup while limiting hard contact. This was a wonderful reminder of how dominant Price has been in his career at times. If Boston gets this version of Price in the World Series, the Dodgers or Brewers are in trouble. He’ll likely start Game 2 of the Fall Classic in Fenway Park.
Oct 18 - 11:44 PM

Bob Elliott of CBC Sports reports that the Blue Jays interviewed Athletics Coordinator of Instruction Ed Sprague for the open managerial position.

Sprague, you might remember, was a member of the Blue Jays during their 1992-93 World Series' wins, and also played for the Mariners. He was the head coach at the University of Pacific before joining the Athletics. Brandon Hyde, Rocco Baldelli, David Bell and Joe Espada are other known candidates to take over for John Gibbons in Toronto.
Oct 18 - 6:47 PM
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