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World Series Preview: Game 2 Los Angeles Dodgers at Boston Red Sox

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Oct 13, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (99) pitches during the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers in game two of the 2018 NLCS playoff baseball series at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Dodgers at Boston Red Sox

Time: 5:09 PM PT

Venue: Fenway Park

Red Sox Lead Series 1-0

How are the Dodgers Doing?

The Dodgers second crack at a World Series victory in as many years did not begin as plan. Los Angeles fell in the series opener 8-4, in a matchup between Clayton Kershaw and Chris Sale. Kershaw lasted just four innings, allowing five runs on seven hits. Chris Sale also lasted just four frames, but allowed three runs and struck out seven. The Red Sox ran away with the game in the seventh inning after a three-run home run by Eduardo Nuñez.

Why is this Game Important?

In order to have any glimmer of hope before the World Series comes to Los Angeles, the Dodgers have to steal a game in Boston. Throughout the postseason, the Dodgers have won four out of five at home, and three out of seven on the road. They have yet to lose back-to-back games in this year’s playoffs. The only two Red Sox losses in the postseason have come at home within the first two games of the series.

Pitching Matchup

Hyun-Jin Ryu (1-1, 4.40 ERA) vs David Price (1-1, 5.11 ERA) *2018 Playoff Stats

After a pair of southpaws matched up to open Game 1 of the World Series, the same will follow suit for Game 2. Hyun-Jin Ryu will make his World Series debut for the Dodgers on Wednesday, looking to bounce back after his worst playoff outing of his career. His last start came in Game 6 of the NLCS, where he allowed five runs in three innings. Ryu’s only experience facing Boston came in his rookie season, where he allowed four runs in five innings.

David Price is looking to improve off the success of his last start. The 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner tossed six scoreless innings against the Astros in Game 5 of the ALCS. He won that game, receiving just his second postseason victory in 12 starts.

Matchup of the Day

Justin Turner vs David Price

In the Dodgers 8-4 loss on Tuesday, Justin Turner led the team with three hits. He has shown a knack for consistent hitting late in the season, with a career .319 average in the postseason. He is batting .313 in these playoffs and has a home run in three career at-bats against David Price.

Vegas Odds

FiveThirtyEight

Dodgers: 38% chance of winning

Boston: 62% chance of winning

Fun Fact

The Dodgers were in talks with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2013 in a deal to send David Price to Los Angeles. The pieces discussed in the package to Tampa Bay were then prospects Julio Urias, Corey Seager and Joc Pederson.

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Written by Arthur Cribbs

Arthur Cribbs is a journalism student at Howard University in Washington, D.C. He is a lifelong Dodgers fan and when he is not at school, he resides in Los Angeles.

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