Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Boston Red Sox
Date and Time: Wednesday, October 24, 2018, at 8:09 p.m. ET
Location: Fenway Park
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Probable Pitchers: Hyun-Jin Ryu vs. David Price
Dodgers vs. Red Sox World Series Game 2 TV Coverage: FOX
The L.A. Dodgers lost Game 1 of the NLCS, too, and rebounded to win that series in seven games. Can they do the same thing here in the World Series? The Boston Red Sox figure to be a tougher test after winning a MLB best 108 regular season games and rolling over both the New York Yankees and Houston Astros to get to this point. The only issue for Boston is that they advanced to the Fall Classic too quickly and could’ve lost some momentum, but they showed that wasn’t the case on Tuesday, coming out strong. Now, it’ll be up to the Dodgers to disrupt their momentum and capture a win before returning home to the west coast for Game 3.
The Red Sox did all the little things right in the first game of the World Series, taking advantage of misplays by the Dodgers and an overturned call. They did a better job driving runners in than the Dodgers, but in the process of getting the win, they went through some key bullpen pieces. We’ll see if that has any impact on Game 2.
While we expected an epic pitchers’ duel in Game 1, we ended up seeing a lot of relief pitching. Neither pitcher made it through five and we’ll see if Game 2 is any different in that regard.
The Sox showed more offense in Game 1, too, but the pinch-hit homer by Eduardo Nunez is what broke the game open. Prior to that, these two teams were neck-and-neck in a 5-4 game that featured a lot of back-and-forth in scoring early.
Both teams boast strong offenses with the Sox having more clutch hits on Tuesday, things could easily swing the other way on Wednesday particularly considering the issues the Sox’s starter has had in his postseason career.
Boston does have Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez, arguably the two best hitters on the field, but they also have a black hole at the catcher position. Meanwhile, Manny Machado recorded three RBIs in Game 1 and the L.A. offense in total is deep with several high OBP hitters—none more than Justin Turner—and eight guys who hit at least 21 dingers in the regular season.
One other edge for the Dodgers is they didn’t use Kenley Jansen in Game 1 while the Red Sox did have to use Craig Kimbrel. While Kimbrel didn’t throw too many pitches and looked rejuvenated after some struggles in the ALDS and ALCS, he’s unlikely to be asked to more than three outs while Jansen could easily give Dave Roberts and the Dodgers a couple innings if needed.
Ryu was brilliant in the regular season and carried the brilliance into this ALDS Game 1 start, shutting out the Braves. The southpaw, however, struggled in his NLCS start as the Brewers knocked him around for seven runs in 7.1 innings across a pair of starts.
This will be the lefty’s second start against the Red Sox and first since 2013. It’ll also be his first in the historic Fenway Park.
The 31-year old lefty has pitched brilliantly, when healthy, this season. He made 15 regular seasons start, throwing 82.1 innings. He generally gives the Dodgers five or six strong innings. In fact, he was nearly lights out most start, pitching to a 1.97 ERA and 1.008 WHIP. He posted a staggering 5.93 strikeout to walk ratio. He got his strikeouts, but the most impressive thing was his command. He makes the opposing hitters beat him. Can the Red Sox do it? The Brewers did, but the Braves couldn’t.
The veteran lefty has struggled over the years in October, but he got the win in the ALCS clinching game, his first victory as a starter in the playoffs.
He’s done well at Fenway Park this year, pitching to a 3.39 ERA in 18 starts. He’s had a solid season and is a good No.2 starter. The Dodgers will need him to pitch like that here in Game 2.
Price will be making his third career start against the Dodgers so there’s not much of a sample size there. He hasn’t faced them at all since 2016. He does, however, have an advantage that the Dodgers’ lineup is better against lefties than righties.
Overall, this season, Price was 16-7 with a 3.58 ERA and 1.142 WHIP. His walk rate and home run rate are both not quite as good as Ryu’s, leading him to have a much higher ERA and a FIP a full run higher. That said, Price’s ERA would be more than a half run lower if not for his performances against the Yankees. The Bronx Bombers have his number, but the Dodgers aren’t nearly as familiar with him.
Dodgers vs. Red Sox World Series Game 2 Picks
The Red Sox took Game 1, but look for the Dodgers to win Game 1, evening up the series as it heads to Hollywood.
The Dodgers need this win. Milwaukee hit Ryu well, but aside from that start, he’s been nails this season when he’s been healthy.
Count on Ryu to get the Dodgers into the sixth with the lead before turning the ball over to the bullpen. While the pen got plenty of work in Game 1, they still have several fresh arms to use to help get them to Kenley Jansen who could easily go two innings if needed.
On the Sox’s side, they’ve already shown a lack of trust in their pen and the guys that Alex Cora believes in most already appeared in Game 1. We could see some again in Game 2, but the Dodgers will be ready.
The Dodgers overcame a Game 1 loss in the NLCS, coming back to win Game 2. Look for them to repeat that here in the World Series.
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Dodgers vs. Red Sox World Series Game 2 Score Prediction: Los Angeles 6, Red Sox 5