The Boston Red Sox are set to host the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1 of the World Series. The series gets officially underway at 8:09 p.m. ET and the game will be nationally televised on Fox.
Los Angeles Dodgers at Boston Red Sox Odds
Los Angeles (+130) is entering this game as the underdog to Boston (-140) and Vegas has the Over/Under for this night game at 7.5 runs. The odds for betting on the game’s total stand at +100 for the over and -120 for the under. Runline odds sit at -170 for picking the Dodgers +1.5 runs and +150 for the Red Sox -1.5 runs.
Factoring in the regular season, the Red Sox are 115-56 straight up (SU) and 100-71 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 38.7 units for moneyline bettors and 26.2 units (ATS). The Dodgers, on the other hand, have gone 99-75 SU this year and are 80-94 ATS. In total, the team’s lost 20.6 units for moneyline bettors and 14.7 units ATS.
Boston games have an over/under record of 83-80-8 in 2018. The Dodgers have an over/under record of 80-83-11.
The left-handed Clayton Kershaw is projected to start for the visiting Dodgers. Kershaw (9-5, 2.73 ERA) has racked up 155 punchouts in 161.1 innings so far. He has yet to face the Red Sox this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.
The Red Sox are sending lefty Chris Sale (12-4, 2.11 ERA) to the mound. Sale has 237 strikeouts and 34 walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 0.86. Sale did not record a start against the Dodgers in 2017.
Behind a team slash line of .218/.324/.367, the Dodgers have scored 3.9 runs per game through 11 playoff games. The Red Sox are hitting .253/.344/.404 over nine games and the team has put up 6.2 runs in the 2018 playoffs.
The Red Sox bullpen (11.0 K/9) has registered a postseason ERA of 3.62 and a WHIP of 1.37, while Dodgers relievers (8.4 K/9) have performed noticeably better with a 1.30 ERA and 0.96 WHIP.
Cody Bellinger has led Los Angeles’ offense and is slashing .253/.337/.457 with 26 home runs, 80 RBIs, 88 runs and 18 stolen bases.
The Red Sox batters have been led by J.D. Martinez, who is hitting .329/.403/.624 with 45 home runs, 139 RBIs and 115 runs scored.
The Red Sox are coming off of a 4-1 win against the Astros, while the Dodgers just got a 5-1 victory over the Brewers.
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Boston Red Sox MLB Tip
Predictions: SU Winner – Red Sox, ATS Winner – Dodgers, O/U – OVER
The over has hit in five of Boston’s last seven games.
The Dodgers have hit 10 home runs in their last 10 games. The Red Sox have hit 11 over their last 10.
The Dodgers have a team OPS of .771 this season and an OPS of .654 against left-handed pitchers. The Red Sox’ OPS sits at .792 overall and .767 against southpaws.
Boston has averaged 25.0 runs + hits + errors over its last 10 outings and 21.8 over its last five.
The Dodgers have won three of their last four games SU while the Red Sox have won six of their last seven.