Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Boston Red Sox World Series Game 1 Preview

Tuesday, October 23 at 8:09 PM ET

Fenway Park

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The Los Angeles Dodgers collide with the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of the World Series at Fenway Park. The Dodgers will give the ball to Clayton Kershaw while Chris Sale will take the hill for the Red Sox. Los Angeles won two out of three against Boston in an interleague series in 2016.


Kershaw looks to cement his legacy
Clayton Kershaw will make his fourth postseason appearance (third start), looking for his third win. Kershaw closed out Game 7 of the NLCS against the Brewers with a scoreless ninth inning last Saturday. The left-hander is 2-1 with a 2.37 ERA and an 0.79 WHIP in four appearances (three starts) over 19 innings, giving up six runs (five earned), recording 16 strikeouts and just four walks.

The Dodgers' ace gave up just one earned run on three hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over seven innings in a 5-2 win against the Brewers in Game 5 of the NLCS. This will be Kershaw's first career appearance against the Red Sox. He is 9-8 with a 4.09 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP over 141 innings in 28 postseason games (22 starts).

Most of the Dodgers players haven't faced the Red Sox; however, Manny Machado is very familiar with them because he spent seven seasons with the Orioles. Machado went 10-for-36 with seven RBIs against the Red Sox this season and he has a .277 batting average with 52 RBIs in 95 career games against them. The star shortstop has fared well against Chris Sale, going 6-for-19 with two doubles, one home run and two RBIs and he leads the Dodgers with three home runs and nine RBIs in 11 postseason games.

Chris Taylor has been a consistent threat to reach base, leading the Dodgers with a terrific .360 batting average along with one home run and three RBIs in 25 at-bats over 10 postseason games.


Sale is ready to roll
Chris Sale will make his fourth postseason appearance (third start), going after his second win. He was supposed to start Game 5 of the ALCS against the Astros but he was dealing with an illness that kept him out. The left-hander didn't have his best stuff in Game 1 of the ALCS, allowing two earned runs on one hit with four walks and five strikeouts over four innings to get a no-decision in a 7-2 loss.

Sale did pitch well in Game 1 of the ALDS against the Yankees, holding them to two earned runs on five hits and two walks with eight strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings in a 5-4 win. The Red Sox's ace hasn't faced the Dodgers since 2012 and he's allowed seven earned runs in six career innings against them.

J.D. Martinez will play a big role for the Red Sox after coming on strong in games 3-5 of the ALCS against the Astros, going 5-for-11 with one home run and three RBIs. Martinez is having an outstanding postseason, hitting .313 with two home runs and nine RBIs and he's done big damage against the Dodgers, collecting five home runs with eight RBIs in 34 at-bats from 2015 to 2017. The Red Sox are taking advantage of their opportunities consistently, hitting a dazzling .370 with runners in scoring position in their nine postseason games.

MLB Trends:

The Under is:

33-16-3 in Los Angeles' last 52 games against a team with a winning record

5-2 in Kershaw's last seven interleague starts

44-21-3 in Kershaw's last 68 starts against a team with a winning record

15-7-2 in Boston's last 24 games after allowing two runs or less in their previous game

3-1-1 in Sale's last five interleague starts

The Under is a strong play here, both teams have their best starting pitcher on the mound and this game has pitchers' duel written all over it. Kershaw has a 2.37 ERA in 19 innings in this postseason and most Red Sox hitters haven't seen him, which gives him an edge. Chris Sale was dominant at Fenway Park, posting a 2.11 ERA in 12 regular season starts and a majority of the Dodgers' hitters haven't faced him.

MLB Pick: Under 7.5 (-125) at Jazz Sports

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