World Series Game 3: Relentless Red Sox to Dog Dodgers in LA

Willie Bee

Thursday, October 25, 2018 1:24 PM UTC

Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018 1:24 PM UTC

Up 2-0 in the World Series, the Red Sox are nevertheless underdogs on the MLB odds as the Fall Classic moves west to Los Angeles.

Season Record: 94-93-1 (+10.00 units)

World Series Game 3: Boston (2-0) at LA Dodgers (0-2)Friday, 8:09 p.m. ET (FOX)Free MLB Pick: Red Sox MLBest Line Offered: 5Dimes

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It looks as if the World Series is leaving Boston just in time to avoid a nor’easter that is bearing down on the East Coast. With the teams now headed to Los Angeles, we get to see if the Dodgers can weather the Red Sox who have stormed to a 2-0 lead in the Fall Classic.

The sun will be shining with the thermometer in the low-70s on Friday when the clubs take the field for the 5 p.m. local time start at Dodger Stadium, and Los Angeles will turn to rookie hurler Walker Buehler (8-6, 2.92) to deliver the first pitch. Boston counters with Rick Porcello (18-7, 4.27), and the home side is a solid favorite to avoid going down 0-3. 5Dimes has the tightest Thursday morning line with LA -150 and the takeback on the Sox +145, and the books are in agreement with a 7½-run total heavily juiced to the "under."

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Sox Seeing Buehler For 1st Time

In his postgame interview, Boston manager Alex Cora took a jab at the "launch angle" hitting approach – swing for the fences and don’t fret a strikeout – that has become acceptable, and the Red Sox are showing why it’s not with some amazing numbers so far this postseason. Boston is 9-2 in October thanks in large part to results with two outs and runners in scoring position, hitting .415 (17-41) and scoring more than half the 68 runs plated in the 11 games. JD Martinez’s 2-run knock that provided the difference in Game 2 was a great example of how a single can be just as effective as a homer.

Porcello has been on the hill for four of those nine Red Sox wins this October, twice as an underdog starter on the baseball odds and twice as a reliever. This will be his first look at the Dodgers since 2011 when he was with the Tigers, and both of his previous starts against them came in LA (10.2 IP, 7 ER). Buehler will be facing Boston for the very first time in his career, and the only way he goes more than five innings is if he has a perfect game entering the sixth. One interesting note is he started four games against AL clubs this season, and the Dodgers won all four while Buehler pitched to a 3.09 ERA.

Can Left-Handed Swingers Ignite LA Lineup?

Crew chief Ted Barrett calls balls and strikes in this one, and is 18-11 O/U on the season with home chalk 11-14. Those numbers include Milwaukee’s clinching win over the Rockies in the NLDS, a winner for "under" and Brewers backers. Barrett called a Porcello road start at the White Sox in August (Boston and "over").

Los Angeles will have some of its big lefty swingers back in the starting lineup for this one, plus Cora has to figure out a way to keep Martinez’s bat in the lineup without the DH at Dodger Stadium. Still, with the way the Red Sox are playing, I’m more than happy to nab them on an underdog price with my free MLB pick.

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