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World Series Preview: Game 5 Boston Red Sox at Los Angeles Dodgers

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Oct 23, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) walks to the dugout after being relieved against the Boston Red Sox in the fifth inning in game one of the 2018 World Series at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Red Sox at Los Angeles Dodgers

Time: 5:15 PM PT

Venue: Dodger Stadium

Red Sox Lead Series 3-1

How are the Dodgers Doing?

Up 4-0 through six frames in Game 4, it appeared as if the Dodgers would tie the series, 2-2 against Boston. Everything changed when Dave Roberts decides to point to the bullpen with one out in the seventh inning. Dodger relievers threw just 2.2 innings, allowing eight runs. Los Angeles tried to rally back late, but their efforts came short in their 9-6 defeat to Boston.

Why is this Game Important?

Instead of guaranteeing a return to Boston in the World Series, the Dodgers are on the brink of elimination on their home field. A loss on Sunday would conclude the 2018 MLB season, giving Boston its ninth World Series title.

Pitching Matchup

Clayton Kershaw (2-2, 3.91 ERA) vs David Price (2-1, 4.26 ERA) *2018 Playoff Stats

With their season on the line, the Dodgers will point to their ace, Clayton Kershaw to give them at least one more day of life. Kershaw will hope to improve off his last start, where he allowed five runs in four innings against the Red Sox. Kershaw has never had multiple outings in the same series where he allowed at least four earned runs.

David Price will look to win his first World Series ring. He appeared in the fall classic in 2008 for Tampa Bay, but lost to the Phillies in five games.

Price won his start against the Dodgers in Game 2 where he allowed a pair of runs in six innings of work.

Matchup of the Day

David Freese vs David Price

In Game 2, the Dodgers reaches base on just three hits and three walks against Price. David Freese reached base two of those times for Los Angeles. Freese has hit .333 in this World Series, and .316 throughout the 2018 playoffs.

Vegas Odds

FiveThirtyEight

Dodgers: 48% chance of winning

Boston: 52% chance of winning

Fun Fact

The 2016 Chicago Cubs are the last MLB team to come back from a 3-1 deficit in the World Series.

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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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