Los Angeles Dodgers (99-75) at Boston Red Sox (115-56)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 8:09 pm (Fenway Park)
C Kershaw (9-5) (2.73) vs. C Sale (13-4) (2.19)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -136 / Los Angeles Dodgers +112 — Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
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The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox will meet up at Fenway Park on Tuesday for Game 1 of the MLB World Series.
The Dodgers come in here after an epic battle with the Brewers in the NLCS. LA dropped two of the first three games but managed to storm back and take a 3-2 lead after five. The Dodgers dropped Game 6 but powered out a 5-1 win in the decisive matchup.
It’s looking like the Dodgers will be going with Clayton Kershaw for the Game 1 start. This regular season, Kershaw put up a 9-5 record and a 2.73 ERA with 155 Ks over 161.1 innings.
Leading the LA offense this postseason is Justin Turner, with 12 hits, four runs, one homer and four RBI. Manny Machado is also playing well with 11 hits, seven runs, three homers and nine RBI.
Over on the Red Sox’ side, they’re coming off a win over Houston in the ALCS. Boston’s road to the Series was a little shorter, as they dropped Game 1 but came back to win the next four and take the ALCS 4-1.
Chris Sale will take the mound for the Sox in Game 1 of the World Series. Across his 158.0 innings and 12-4 record in the regular season this year, Sale put up a 2.11 ERA with 237 Ks.
Boston’s top playoffs hitter this year is Xander Bogaerts, who is sitting on 10 hits, three runs, a homer and five RBI. He’s tied with JD Martinez who also has 10 hits along with four runs, two homers and nine RBI.
The Dodgers are 4-1 in their last fie versus the AL East and 4-1 in their last five inter-league road games. LA is 21-8 in their last 29 overall and 1-4 in their last five following a win.
Meanwhile, the Sox are 4-0 in the last four playoff game and 4-0 in their last four versus a team with a winning record. Boston is 12-2 in their last 14 World Series games and 44-16 in their last 60 versus the NL West.
This will be Sale’s first opportunity to pitch in the World Series. He’ll have a little bit to prove here, as in Game 1 of the ALCS he had a fairly shaky outing. On the postseason so far, Sale is sporting a 1-0 mark with a 3.48 ERA, but he hasn’t seen the Dodgers since way back in 2012.
I expect this to be a pretty darn good series, but I don’t think it will get past five or six games. Boston has reverted back to regular-season form as of late and is imposing their will on their opponents. I’m going with the Sox to take Game 1 at Fenway.