One thing is for sure, the Dodgers are going to be happy to not see Fenway for Game 3. Game 2 started decently enough, Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched well for the first four innings as the Dodgers seized their first lead of the series going up 2-1. Ryu would run into trouble in the 5th inning though, loading the bases after securing the first 2 outs, then watching Ryan Madson fail to escape the jam and the Sox would go up 4-2. It would be all they needed. David Price wasn’t as dominant as he was against Houston but he still turned in a second straight quality start in the postseason and that was good enough for the Red Sox to take a 2-0 series lead.
Now the series shifts to Los Angeles. And after two straight lefty vs lefty matchups, both teams will now put a righty on the mound. The Dodgers will send out rookie Walker Beuhler. Beuhler started the decisive game 7 of the NLCS and while he didn’t get the win he was dominant over the course of 4.2 innings. The Red Sox are countering with former Cy Young winner Rick Porcello. Porcello struggled in his Game 4 start against Houston but was good in his previous postseason start against the Yankees in the ALDS. He also made solid appearances out of the bullpen in each series. Dave Roberts has already confirmed he’ll be changing his lineup around to go up against Porcello. We don’t know for sure what Alex Cora is going to do, Mookie Betts was seen working out at his old position of second base earlier this week. Will he move to the infield to keep JD Martinez’s bat in the lineup without a DH? Will a different look and a friendly home crowd be enough to spark LA? We’ll find out at 8:09 EST/5:09 PST.