As a combo forward just reaching his peak (he turned 26 in January), McDermott fits the rough outline of what the Pacers should add to one of last season’s most surprising teams. It’s the specific player who doesn’t fit as well.
In theory, McDermott can defend either forward spot. In practice, that mostly means he’s a liability at either position. Last season was the first time in four NBA seasons that McDermott’s defensive rating in ESPN’s real plus-minus was better than three points per 100 possessions — worse than league average; he improved all the way to minus-2.3.
Aaron Hicks hits three of the Yankees’ six home runs in an 11-1 victory against the Red Sox on Sunday Night Baseball. (1:14)
NEW YORK — Another ragged start against the New York Yankees has Boston Red Sox starter David Price contemplating a new approach for the next time he faces them.
With the home runs and earned runs piling up in Sunday night’s 11-1 loss at Yankee Stadium, Price knew that the plan he implemented in this latest outing against his team’s biggest rival simply didn’t work.
It’s time for me to kind of go back to that drawing board and kind of reinvent myself against these guys, the 32-year-old left-hander said.
Across just 3 1/3 innings in Sunday’s blowout loss, Price surrendered eight runs on nine hits. He allowed the Yankees to hit five home runs on their way to a six-homer night. It was only the fifth time in the past 100 seasons that the Yankees had that many home runs in a game against the Red Sox.