We’re finally getting baseball back! I hope you enjoyed your break.
The Dodgers spend the past couple days in Boston to get ready for the three-game set against the Red Sox in a 2018 World Series matchup. Surely, winning this series won’t completely heal the pain of a lost World Series, but it may help.
Something that doesn’t help is knowing the Dodgers don’t fare well at Fenway Park ... or against the Red Sox in general.
The Dodgers are 1-10 all-time against the Red Sox in Boston. 1-5 at Fenway Park in interleague play (last series was 2010), 0-5 in the World Series, though all 3 games in 1916 were played at Braves Field.— Eric Stephen (@ericstephen) July 12, 2019
The only Dodgers winning pitcher? Jeff Weaver (2004), who allowed 5 runs
If the season ended today, the Dodgers would be the top seed in the Division Series and the Red Sox wouldn’t make the postseason. Boston does have a chance at making the playoffs, though, since they are only two games behind in the American League Wild Card race.
Game one: Kenta Maeda (7-5, 3.76 ERA) vs. Eduardo Rodríguez (9-4, 4.65 ERA)
Friday, July 12 - 4:10 p.m. PDT
The last time we saw Kenta Maeda was on July 6 against the San Diego Padres. He was decent, but the Dodgers didn’t back him with run support, leading to his fifth loss of the season. It was his longest outing thus far at 7 2⁄3 innings. He allowed three earned runs from four hits — including two home runs — and a walk while dealing six strikeouts.
Maeda faced the Red Sox three times in the World Series, all out of the bullpen. In his combined three innings, he allowed one run, four hits and two walks.
Up against Maeda will be Eduardo Rodríguez, who tosses inconsistent outings for Boston this year. In half of his starts, he has held his opponents to two or fewer runs and in the other half, he has allowed four our more runs. Rodríguez last pitched on July 5 against the not very good Tigers. It was one of his good outings. He went five innings, allowing only one run to score from four hits and one walk.
Rodríguez faced the Dodgers three times in last year’s World Series, twice as the strategic left-handed arm out of the bullpen and once as a starter in game four. In his start, he pitched 5 2⁄3 innings and allowed four earned runs off of four hits and two walks. The Red Sox won behind his start.
Game two: Ross Stripling (3-3, 3.79 ERA) vs. Chris Sale (3-8, 4.04 ERA)
Saturday, July 13 - 4:15 p.m. PDT
Ross Stripling will make his 10th start of the year and his 4th start since replacing Rich Hill on the starting rotation. Chicken Strip hasn’t gone more than five innings in his last three games on the rotation, so it won’t be a surprise if he has another short outing. He allowed four earned runs in each of his last two outings, contributing to his 6.75 ERA on this starter stint.
His only appearance against the Red Sox was a regular season win in 2016.
Chris Sale will face Stripling on the mound. Sale isn’t having a particularly great year. With a combination of receiving no run support and handing out a bunch of runs, he only has three wins this season. In each of his last two games, he allowed five earned runs and gave up a combined four home runs.
His last start against the Dodgers came in game one of the World Series where he allowed three earned runs in four innings. But what overshadows this mediocre start is his ninth inning appearance in game five when he struck out the side to end the Dodgers season.
Game three: Hyun-Jin Ryu (10-2, 1.73 ERA) vs. David Price (7-2, 3.24 ERA)
Sunday, July 14 - 4:05 p.m. PDT
Game three of this series is probably the most highly anticipated. Each team’s top starting pitcher in a rematch of game two of the 2018 World Series, all on national television.
On the mound for the Dodgers will be Hyun-Jin Ryu. He is the Dodgers’ pride and joy, holding an impressive 1.73 ERA at the All-Star break. His lights out first half led him to become the National League All-Star Game starting pitcher, where he tossed a scoreless first inning.
He started just the one game in the World Series, tossing 4 2⁄3 innings where he allowed four earned runs from six hits and one walk.
David Price will be on the bump for the Red Sox. He is still a very valuable pitcher, despite missing the All-Star Game this year. In his last four starts, Price did not allow more than two earned runs to score.
He was a force in the 2018 World Series, as he was responsible for delivering the Dodgers a loss in two games. He held a combined 1.98 ERA in 13 2⁄3 innings in last year’s Fall Classic.
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