Pitchers Prevail in Red Sox-Dodgers World Series Game 4 Clash

Willie Bee

Friday, October 26, 2018 3:11 PM UTC

Friday, Oct. 26, 2018 3:11 PM UTC

Veteran arms take the mound for Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday in Los Angeles, and our handicapper likes the Red Sox and Dodgers to fall short of the total.

Season Record: 84-83-1 (+10.00 units, 1 pending)

World Series Game 4: Boston at LA DodgersSaturday, 8:09 p.m. ET (FOX)Free MLB Pick: UnderBest Line Offered: Bookmaker

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We often forget that it’s not just players who can feel the pressure of performing on baseball’s biggest stage. Umpires also also experience the old butterflies-in-the-stomach syndrome knowing their every decision is also going to be judged by millions of television viewers, and that could be magnified for Chad Fairchild on Saturday when he calls balls and strikes for the first time in a World Series contest.

Hailing from the home of Callahan Auto Parts in Sandusky, Ohio, Fairchild is in fact working his first Fall Classic, period. He will have had three games out in the field to get used to the atmosphere by the time he dons the mask for Game 4, but Fairchild will still have some butterflies. The 15-year vet also worked Game 2 of the ALDS between the Indians and Astros, that contest finishing below a 7½-run total at BetOnline to continue his regular season trend (10-18-1 O/U/P). Fairchild also worked a Walker Buehler start at Dodger Stadium in August that never reached a 7½-run mark.

First Appearance At Dodger Stadium For Eovaldi Since 2012

My guess is bettors intent on playing the total Saturday night are looking at that same 7½-run target, juiced to the high side if not creeping up to a flat-8. Some of that will depend on who Boston skipper Alex Cora ultimately decides to start for the Red Sox, books already penciling in Nathan Eovaldi (8-7, 3.53). The 28-year-old’s last three playoff appearances have been from the bullpen following two solid starting efforts in New York and Houston during the previous two rounds. Originally drafted by the Dodgers, if Eovaldi is pushed to the hill for Game 4, it will be his first start on the mound since 2012, and he is 0-5 with a 5.35 ERA in 10 starts at the park and three additional relief appearances.

Rich Hill (11-5, 3.58) already has been cast as LA’s starter by manager Dave Roberts, potentially putting the 14-year veteran in a must-win situation. The Boston native hasn’t pitched since a relief outing in Game 6 of the NLDS in Milwaukee, but started two previous playoff games that the Dodgers won as favorites on the baseball odds board. He hasn’t faced the Red Sox since a couple of relief outings in 2014 while wearing pinstripes, and Hill’s 26 starts this season finished 18-7-1 O/U/P.

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Brian Dozier has the seen Eovaldi more than any other Dodgers hitter, going 5-for-15 with a homer in those matchups. Boston batters also don’t have a lot of experience against Hill, Eduardo Nunez’s 4-for-9 career effort with a homer serving as his toughest out.

We should have very similar weather conditions on Saturday that we see for Game 3 on Friday, and that means those pesky shadows working their way between the plate and mound in the early innings. I’m inclined to go with a tight contest that stops short of the total for my free MLB pick.

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