Dodgers at Red Sox 10/23/18 - World Series MLB Picks & Predictions
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Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Boston Red Sox
MLB: 8:09 PM EST
Oct. 23, 2018
Latest Odds : BOS -145 O/U 7.5
The World Series will get underway on Tuesday night, when the Los Angeles Dodgers invade Fenway Park to face the Boston Red Sox. The Dodgers won 92 games during the regular season and captured the NL West Division for the sixth straight time. Last time out, Yasiel Puig and Cody Bellinger each went deep to power Los Angeles to a 5-1 victory at Milwaukee in Game Seven of the NLCS. The pitching staff struck out 14 batters and did not allow a walk on the night.
Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts has yet to name a starting pitcher for this matchup. Three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw (9-5 2.73) is the obvious choice, but Roberts could opt for veteran Rich Hill in the opener and pitch Kershaw in Game Two.
The Boston Red Sox won a major league best 108 games during the regular season and own homefield advantage in this best-of-seven series. The Red Sox needed five games to eliminate the defending World Champion Houston Astros, winning the final three games at Minute Maid Park. On Thursday, SP David Price struck out nine batters over six shutout innings to lead the Red Sox to a 4-1 series clinching victory. J.D. Martinez and Rafael Devers each homered on the night.
Twenty-nine year old southpaw Chris Sale (12-4 2.11 ERA) will take the ball for the Red Sox on Tuesday. Sale started the All-Star Game and ranked third in the American League with 237 strikeouts in just 158 innings of work.
Recent Betting Trends:
Dodgers are 1-4 in their last 5 games following a win.
Red Sox are 46-19 in their last 65 home games.
Over is 6-2 in Dodgers last 8 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
Over is 8-1-2 in Red Sox last 11 home games.
Dodgers are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Boston.
Free Betting Pick: Boston Red Sox -135
Boston 2B Dustin Pedroia (knee) has been ruled out for the remainder of the season and expects to be ready for the 2019 season. Through 162 regular season games, Los Angeles ranked 14th in batting average and 5th in runs scored. For the season, Boston ranked 1st in batting average and 1st in runs scored. Take the Red Sox to jump out to an early series lead with a victory at home on Tuesday. Final Score Prediction, Boston Red Sox win 4-3.