LA Dodgers vs Boston (By: Mulder)
Pitchers must be listed ( because this could be another trick by Alex Cora)
What the heck is Alex Cora doing? Sale, who had his regular rest is not starting vs Kershaw? This means he is not 100% healthy? But why did Cora state that Sale is just fine? Something going on here and Cora holding back info obviously. Or he wants Sale to get some extra rest, maybe saving him for a potential game in fenway park, or he does not want Sale to hit in Dodgers stadium which would make the most sense to me. But maybe Cora will bring Sale as a secret weapon. He has not much options left in that bullpen after all.
Why would you start Price on a 3 day rest>? It is also not that Sale had not his best stuff, on the contrary, all advanced stats show us that Sale is being Sale in the last weeks. So very weird indeed.
LHP Price starting for now and you have to give him credit. He has been terrible in the postseason, in basically whole his career, but he bounced back in style. Against the Astros he was tremendous and he got the win against LA but he was not that good as he allowed 2 runs and walked 3. Two days ago he pitched 0.2 inning and allowed a hit and walked one so he had a stressful inning. He is on 3 days rest, so big stress on him which makes it even more weird why Sale is not starting.
For LA ACE Clayton Kershaw fully rested. Roberts only used him as a pinch hitter in the longest postseason game ever so he will be ok. He is coming from a bad outing in fenway park where he allowed 5 runs so a good spot for him to bounce back, especially since he pitched at his best at home in the postseason as he allowed just one run on 5 hits in 15 innings at Dodger stadium. He walked just two batters at home and retired 12 batters.
Dodgers bullpen completely depleted so Kershaw has to go deep while Price is on a short rest with a depleted pen behind him as well of course. And hence the first half option a little safer, but i think that Kershaw will go deep enough in order to seal the job.
Kershaw not to lose.
In case Sale will start after all, i have another bet.
LA Dodgers vs Boston prediction
|Dodgers first half +0.00 ( first 5 innings )||Pinnacle||1.65||9||1-2 LOST (-9 units)|