LA Dodgers vs Boston (By: Mulder)
Unreal Thriller last night as we saw 18 (!) innings. I watched it till the very end ( till 9 o clock local time ) and the grand finale was hard to swallow as Boston had to win this one, so in that regard another bad beat indeed, especially since Boston got the go ahead homerun in the 13th inning, but in the same inning the Dodgers got one back right away. I think the key to the game was in the 10th inning with one out Kinsler was running to home plate for a sac fly, but was caught at the plate. I see that a lot of Boston fans are blaming Kinsler for the loss, but you have to give credit to Bellinger, who made an unreal throw to catcher Grandal.
Besides, why picking on Kinsler if Boston's top 4 of the order ( so all their big guns ) went 0-28 (!!!) last night. But what a performance of Nathan Eovaldi, unreal good he was and he basically pitched a complete game with almost 100 pitches. But Porcello was good as well of course and held his team mates in the game.
So Rodriquez starting instead of Pomeranz, i think that's the right choice as Pomeranz had an average season. He faced just one batter last night so enough energy left in the tank. Also Price had a very short outing so he might come in as well since Sale is the propable starter for tomorrow.
Rodriquez has a 6.23 ERA this postseason, but must not forget that he worked from the pen ad he did not pitch more than 2 innings in each outing. In that regard he had just one bad outing versus the Yankees where he allowed 3 runs, which obviously messed up his numbers. He did not allow any runs in his other outings.
For LA Rich Hill on the mound so we have southpaw vs southpaw. He has a solid 2.61 ERA this season but he walks too many. That 1.65 WHIP says a lot.
I think in the bullpen Red Sox has a few weapons left, like Price, while LA used a lot of different arms last night.
Both teams are MUCH better against RHP than they are vs lefties.
Red Sox and the under are both playable.
LA Dodgers vs Boston prediction
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