Last Updated: 2018-10-28
MLB – TRENDS OF THE DAY
The Boston Red Sox battled back from for runs down on Saturday night, scoring nine runs in the final three innings on their way to a 9-6 victory. This puts them just one game away from clinching the 2018 World Series. Game four is Sunday night and will pit two of the best left-handers in baseball when David Price takes on Clayton Kershaw.
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Boston Red Sox (+145) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (-155)
Game 4 proved to be a thrilling victory for the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night. After the doctors put up four runs in the bottom of the sixth to break a scoreless tie, Boston battled back Dodgers with nine runs over the final three innings to earn the 9-6 victory. That included two home runs to help lead the way.
The Boston Red Sox will with left-hander David Price in Game 5. Price was the starter in Game 2, when he allowed two runs in six innings pitched in a 4-2 Boston victory. He also tossed 0.2 innings of relief in that marathon Game 3 won by the Dodgers.
The left-hander has had a mixed postseason, getting hit hard in his first two starts. However, he is allowed just two earned runs in his last 12.2 innings pitched, including blanking Houston for six innings in his final start of the ALCS. In the 2018 postseason, Price has a 2-1 record with a 4.26 ERA, striking out 18 in 19 innings pitched. However, he has given up 15 hits and 10 walks. Price finished the regular season 16-7 with a 3.58 ERA.
The Dodgers will send Clayton Kershaw to the mound, who got hit hard in Game 1 of the World Series. The left-hander allowed five earned runs in 4.0 innings pitched in an 8-4 loss. Like Price, this has been an up-and-down postseason for Kershaw.
He has combined to go 2-2 with a 3.91 ERA, striking out 21 in 23 innings pitched while only allowing seven walks. He tossed eight shutout innings against Atlanta in the first round, then was hit hard in his first start against Milwaukee before allowing one run in seven innings in a pivotal Game 5.
Kershaw finished the regular season 9-5 with a 2.73 ERA, his highest earned run average since 2010. He struck out 155 in 161.1 innings pitched.
The Red Sox are 7-1 in their last eight playoff games and are 7-1 in their last eight games against teams with a winning record. Boston is 6-1 in their last seven road games and are 15-3 in their last 18 World Series games. The Red Sox are 5-1 in their last six road games verse a left-handed starter and are 10-2 in their last 12 interleague games on the road against the team with a winning record.
Boston has won the last six interleague starts by Price and they are 4-1 in his last five road starts. The Red Sox are 6-2 in his last eight road starts against teams with a winning record.
Los Angeles is 7-2 in their last nine interleague games at home against a left-handed starter and they are 18-6 in their last 24 games at home. The Dodgers are 11-4 in their last 15 playoff games at home but are 1-4 in their last five World Series games. They have lost their last four games against the left-handed starter.
The Dodgers are 42-11 in their last 53 home starts by Kershaw and they are 11-3 in his last 14 interleague starts. Los Angeles is 39-12 in his last 51 starts on a Sunday.
In the last 14 meetings between these two teams, the Red Sox are 10-4.
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