Boston Red Sox (116-56) at Los Angeles Dodgers (99-76)
|Date & Time||Friday October 26, 2018, 8:09 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -161 / Boston Red Sox +140 --- Over/Under: 7.5
The Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers will meet up once again in World Series Game 3 MLB action on Friday as the teams move to Dodger Stadium.
Boston took Game 1 of this set at Fenway, breaking the game open in the seventh and rolling to an 8-4 win. On Wednesday in Game 2, the Sox posted a 4-2 comeback victory to go up 2-0 in the series. LA managed just three hits in that one.
For the Friday Game 3, the Sox will be bringing out Rick Porcello in the start. So far in the playoffs, Porcello is 1-0 with a 4.22 ERA.
Leading the way for the Red Sox this postseason coming into Game 2 was Andrew Benintendi with 13 hits, 12 runs and five RBI. On Wednesday, Benintendi plated a run.
Over on the Dodgers’ side, they’re going with Walker Buehler on Friday. So far this postseason, Buehler is sitting on an 0-1 record with a 5.40 ERA.
Justin Turner leads the Dodgers in hitting during the playoffs, coming into Game 2 with 15 hits, five runs, a homer and four RBI. On Wednesday, Turner came up empty 0-for-4.
The Red Sox are 5-0 in their last five road games and 5-0 in their last five playoff road games. Boston is also 6-1 in their last seven World Series road games and 41-12 in their last 53 in game three of a series.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers are 4-1 in their last five playoff home games and 17-5 in their last 22 home games. LA is also 36-17 in their last 53 Friday games and 7-3 in Buehler’s last 10 home starts.
In Game 7 of the NLCS, Buehler was great with seven strikeouts and only a solo home run given up over 4.2 innings. This will be Buehler’s first career start versus the Red Sox.
Buehler logged a nice 2.62 ERA over 137.1 innings pitched during the regular season, so he’s certainly capable of shutting down the opposition. That said, he did stumble a little with nine earned in 12.0 innings across two postseason starts coming into the NLCS Game 7. Still, I think the Dodgers have the advantage here at home so I’m going LA.