For David cost, the idea’s the Wrong Month, Against the Wrong Team

BOSTON — the idea has gone beyond a streak, past a trend as well as into the realm of the bizarre.

David cost, a very not bad left-handed pitcher inside regular season, a several-time All-Star in fact, cannot win a start inside postseason. as well as he has had his chances — 10 of them, in fact — as well as whatever team he was pitching for at the time has lost all 10 of those games.

Saturday night was another fiasco to add to in which list of the lost. cost, 33, who is usually inside middle of a seven-year, $217 million deal with the Red Sox, gave up three runs before being removed with two outs inside second inning, as well as he took still another postseason loss in a 6-2 Yankees victory in which evened the American League division series at a game apiece.

the idea was the latest addition to a string of futility in which thumbs its nose at probability.

Consider in which cost’s record in his 10 postseason starts with Tampa Bay, Detroit, Toronto as well as Boston is usually at in which point 0-9 using a 6.03 earned run average.

Compare those numbers with his career record inside regular season: 143-75 using a fine 3.25 E.R.A. He won the Cy Young Award in 2012, when he was 20-5 with the Rays. Since joining Boston, as well as dealing at times with injuries, he is usually 39-19 using a 3.74 E.R.A. as well as in which year, he was terrific inside second half of the regular season, going 11-3 using a 3.33 E.R.A.

at in which point the postseason has arrived, again. Surely, by dint of the law of averages or just sheer luck, cost should have won Game 2 on Saturday. yet he didn’t.

“I know I’m capable of winning games as a starter in October,” cost said afterward. “in which’s what I look forward to doing.”

On Saturday, the trail of postseason misery was compounded by his mounting history of failure against the Yankees. cost is usually 15-14 inside regular season against them, using a 4.0 E.R.A., yet those numbers obscure an increasing ineffectiveness.

Indeed, since he joined the Red Sox for the 2016 season, cost’s record against the Yankees, including Saturday, is usually 2-8 using a 7.95 E.R.A. in which year alone, the idea reached almost absurd levels as he went 0-3 against them inside regular season using a 10.34 E.R.A. as well as surrendered nine home runs in four games.

If you include Saturday’s fiasco, cost’s numbers against the Yankees in which season look like in which: 0-4 in several starts using a 10.0 E.R.A. as well as 11 home runs surrendered. Awful.

“They make the idea tough for me,” said cost, who was paid $30 million in which year, alone. “Knowing in which, you have to go out there as well as execute big pitches in big spots in counts. in which’s something I wasn’t able to do tonight.”

In addition to the two home runs he gave up in Game 2 — to Aaron Judge as well as to Gary Sanchez — cost also yielded a run-scoring rocket of an individual by Andrew McCutchen in which rattled the 37-foot-high Green Monster in left field. The hit might have been a homer in many ballparks.

The essence of a successful Red Sox pitcher is usually to beat the Yankees as well as win in October, as well as sometimes both. Failing to do so can make things pretty uncomfortable, which is usually exactly the position cost finds himself in.

In fairness to cost, the idea should be noted in which he can claim some late-season as well as October success over his 11-season career. In 2013, he commenced as well as earned a complete-game victory in a wild-card tiebreaker against the Texas Rangers, although in which is usually considered a regular-season game.

as well as as a rookie in 2008, he earned a four-out save for the Rays inside A.L. Championship Series against Boston. In addition, he tossed six as well as two-thirds innings of scoreless relief in Boston’s division series with the Houston Astros last season.

After the latest disaster on Saturday night, Red Sox Manager Alex Cora was asked if he might send cost to the bullpen for the rest of the series against the Yankees. Cora made in which option sound possible, yet he also said such a move might not be for the rest of the postseason — should the Red Sox advance.

“No, no, he’s one of our starters,” Cora said. “Just a bad outing today. the idea just so happened the idea wasn’t his day. We trust him.”

cost said he might do whatever Cora asked. When Cora came to remove him on Saturday, the Yankees led, 3-0. The game was not out of hand. yet there were two men on base as well as Judge was coming to the plate again. When asked afterward if he was upset by the quick hook, cost made his best delivery of the night.

“If I don’t like the idea,” he said, “I need to pitch better, period.”