A day after the Dodgers rolled out the first all right-handed lineup in World Series history, they will look to bounce back from Tuesday night’s loss with the same lineup for the second consecutive day.
World Series Game 2 lineups
Leading off the game yet again is Brian Dozier. Having spent his entire career in the AL prior to being traded, Dozier has experience hitting against David Price. Though he’s seen his fair share of at-bats, the results haven’t been so great. He’s 9-for-39 (.231) with seven strikeouts in his career.
Playing in the AL East up until this season, Manny Machado brings even more experience against Price. In 41 at-bats, Machado has 12 hits, including five home runs in his career against him. In yesterday’s game, Machado drove in three of the Dodgers’ four runs.
For LA, no other player has more than four at bats versus Price.
On the season, right-handed batters did find more success than left-handed hitters did against Price. Right-handed batters hit .232 with a .402 slugging percentage off of Price, compared to lefties who hit .209 with a .381 slugging percentage.
Getting the start again in center field is Kiké Hernandez, who is 3-for-30 in the postseason. During October, Hernandez has twice as many strikeouts (12) as he has total bases (6).
It comes as no surprise that Austin Barnes starts instead of Yasmani Grandal again. On the season, Barnes hit .246 versus lefties, compared to Grandal’s .206. If he plays well enough, Barnes may start against a right-hander in Game 3.
On the mound for LA is Hyun-Jin Ryu, making his third consecutive road start in these playoffs. The last two in Milwaukee didn’t exactly inspire confidence, giving up seven earned runs in 7 1⁄3 combined innings.
The same could be said about Price, who gets the ball coming off his first playoff win in a Red Sox uniform. It was the first postseason win for the lefty as a starting pitcher, with his other two wins coming in relief. Price’s is 3-9 with a 5.09 ERA in 20 appearances (12 starts) in the playoffs.
The Red Sox only change to their lineup is Christian Vazquez catching and hitting ninth, moving Jacke Bradley Jr. up to eighth.
World Series Game 2 TV & streaming info
- Teams: Dodgers (92-71) vs. Red Sox (108-54)
- Series: Boston leads, 1-0
- Location: Fenway Park, Boston
- Time: 5:09 p.m. PT
- TV: FOX
- Streaming: fuboTV