David Price hasn't had much success in the post-season. He's winless in eight career starts in the post-season and has a career ERA of 5.12
Price acknowledged that troubled history at his introductory press conference, but didn't seem terribly worried about it.
"I think I was just saving all my post-season wins for the Red Sox,'' joked Price. "I know good things are going to happen for me in October; it just hasn't been the case thus far. I know those times are going to change. I work too hard not to have success throughout the entire season. I know that I can throw the baseball the way that I do in the season in the playoffs.
"That time is coming for me, and I hope it's in 2016.''
President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, who lavished $217 million on Price earlier this week, didn't sound particularly alarmed, either.
"David's a good pitcher, a great pitcher,'' said Dombrowski, "and success in the post-season, sometimes, takes a while to come. I've seen him pitch
some great games.
"I know one of the losses for him was, (the Detroit Tigers) lost 2-1 to Baltimore with an opposite field line down the right field line to beat us. And he pitched a shutout on the last game of the season to win the division for us.
"He's a big-game pitcher. It hasn't always happened in the post-season. But a lot of guys, it's happened to in their career -- I've been around some. And all of a sudden, they just start rolling them out, pitch great. I'm confident that will happen with David for us.''
Ironically, one of Price's best post-season performances came in his first introduction to the playoffs -- saving Game 7 of the 2008 ALCS against the Red Sox.
"That was probably the biggest game I was ever a part of,'' recalled Price. "If that game went differently, I might not be sitting here right now because I might not have put the career together that I did. But the confidence that that game gave me, in a big game situation, helped us get to the next level. That was very important for me.''