Dodgers Looking for Magic as Series Shifts to Los Angeles

Willie Bee

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 2:58 PM UTC

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018 2:58 PM UTC

Booed in Boston, expect Manny Machado and Yasiel Puig to be greeted with cheers when the underdog Dodgers go home to LA to take on Boston in the World Series.

If one was to drive from 4 Yawkey Way in Boston to 1000 Vin Scully Avenue in Los Angeles, the journey would take more than 40 hours and traverse around 3,000 miles. The Red Sox and Dodgers don’t have that much time, however, and will instead take about a 6-hour flight to get there and play Game 3 of the World Series on Friday.

The shift from New England to Southern California means more than just a change in coastlines and climate. The meteorologist says we can count on mostly sunny skies and temps in the mid-to-upper 70s for the first pitches in Games 3, 4 and (if necessary) 5, those tosses coming a little after 5 p.m. local time. We also can count on the sportsbooks shifting some of their numbers to account for the move across the Lower 48.

Buehler, Jansen Two Pitchers Who Love The Home Mound

Los Angeles should switch from being the underdog to small chalk for at least one, if not more, of the games. The lines won’t be as pronounced as Boston’s chalk in Tuesday’s World Series opener, and that is due in part to the Dodgers not showing off much home-field advantage during the regular season when they went 45-37 on the Chavez Ravine diamond. Los Angeles did have a strong advantage at home with Game 3 starter Walker Buehler on the hill, winning eight of the rookie’s 12 assignments at Dodger Stadium, including Game 163 to win the AL West title over Colorado.

Closer Kenley Jansen also performed much better at home than on the road. The righthander registered a Dodger Stadium ERA almost 1½ runs lower than on the road, and succeeded in 19 of his 20 save opportunities in Los Angeles while whiffing 44 and only walking four batters in 38+ innings.

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On this day 30 years ago, Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda inserted injured NL MVP Kirk Gibson into Game 1 of the World Series as a pinch hitter. The rest is history. https://t.co/pDAMUVrLv3

— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) October 15, 2018
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Can Dodgers Produce Some Magic For Magic?

We’re also going to see the baseball odds affected by the lack of a DH in LA, something that should cause the totals to slip by at least a half-run compared to games at Fenway. When AL teams came to Dodger Stadium during the regular season, totals ran from 7½-8½, "under" bettors and Dodger backers each cashing six of the 10 contests. Los Angeles has won four of its five playoff games at home, four of the clashes finishing short of the totals and another pushing a 7-run mark. Justin Turner and Max Muncy each loved Dodger Stadium this season, Turner hitting .308 with 8 HR while Muncy cracked 20 of his 35 homes on the year in LA.

Stars turn out for games at Dodger Stadium, among them part owner and former Lakers great Magic Johnson. He’s about the only Magic to turn up at the old park since Kirk Gibson’s stunning walk-off homer 30 years ago to win a World Series game. Maybe we’ll see that drought end the next few days in Los Angeles to turn a free MLB pick into a winner.

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