Last Updated: 2018-10-28
The Boston Red Sox are taking on the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the World Series. The visiting Red Sox currently hold a sturdy 3-1 series lead, and this game is slated to begin at 8:15 p.m. ET. The matchup is scheduled to be shown nationally on Fox.
Boston Red Sox at Los Angeles Dodgers Odds
Left-hander Chris Sale will get the start for the visiting BoSox. Sale (12-4, 2.11 ERA) has recorded 237 strikeouts in 158 innings so far. He has yet to face the Dodgers this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.
The Dodgers are turning to lefty Clayton Kershaw (9-5, 2.73 ERA), who has 155 punchouts and 29 walks as well as a WHIP of 1.04. Kershaw did not record a start against the Red Sox in 2017.
With a team slash line of .241/.333/.382, Boston has averaged 6.1 runs scored through 13 postseason games. The Dodgers are hitting .211/.307/.348 through 15 games and the team has managed 3.9 runs in this year’s playoffs.
The Dodgers bullpen has registered an ERA of 2.73 and a WHIP of 1.13 this postseason, while Red Sox relievers have a 2.80 ERA and 1.21 WHIP.
J.D. Martinez has sparked Boston’s hitters and is slashing .327/.402/.616 with 45 home runs, 143 RBIs and 116 runs scored.
The Dodgers’ batters have been led by Cody Bellinger, who is hitting .248/.331/.447 with 26 home runs, 80 RBIs, 89 runs and 18 steals.
The Red Sox are coming off a 9-6 win in the prior game of this series.
Boston Red Sox at Los Angeles Dodgers Free Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Dodgers, ATS Winner – Red Sox, O/U – OVER
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Boston has recorded 15 extra-base hits over its last five outings. Los Angeles has 12 XBH over its last five.
The Red Sox have hit 10 home runs in their last 10 games, including six over their last five.
The Red Sox have a total OPS of .789 this season, including an OPS of .682 against left-handed pitchers. The Dodgers’ OPS stands at .766 overall and .642 against lefties.
Los Angeles has recorded 18.5 runs + hits + errors per game over its last 10 contests and 20.4 over its last five.
The Red Sox have won seven of their last eight games SU.