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The Los Angeles Dodgers look to even the World Series when they visit the Boston Red Sox in Game 2. The Dodgers will give the ball to Hyun-Jin Ryu while David Price will take the hill for the Red Sox. Boston beat Los Angeles 8-4 in Game 1 behind four hits from Andrew Benintendi and a three-run home run by pinch-hitter Eduardo Nunez.
Dodgers try to even series behind Ryu
Hyun-Jin Ryu (7-3, 1.97 ERA, 1.01 WHIP) will make his fourth postseason start, he is 1-1 with a 4.40 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP, recording 15 strikeouts and just two walks over 14 1/3 innings. Ryu struggled in Game 6 of the NLCS against the Brewers last Friday, when he gave up five earned runs on seven hits and two walks with three strikeouts over just three innings in a 7-2 loss.
This will be Ryu's first career start at Fenway Park but he lost his only appearance against the Red Sox on August 24, 2013, when he gave up four earned runs on five hits and no walks with seven strikeouts in a 4-2 setback at Dodger Stadium.
Price looking to carry momentum
David Price (16-7, 3.58 ERA, 1.14 WHIP) will make his fourth postseason start, he is 1-1 with a 5.11 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP, recording 13 strikeouts and six walks over 12 1/3 innings. Price threw six scoreless innings of three-hit ball with no walks and nine strikeouts in a 4-1 win in Game 5 of the ALCS against the Astros last Thursday. Price is 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP in three career starts against the Dodgers, recording seven strikeouts and six walks over 12 innings.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are:
7-1 in Ryu's last eight starts with four days of rest
5-1 in Ryu's last six starts
4-1 in Ryu's last five starts following a team loss in their previous game
4-1 in Ryu's last five starts against a team with a winning record
4-1 in Ryu's last five interleague starts
The Boston Red Sox are:
1-4 in their last five games during Game 2 of a series
The Dodgers battled back twice in Game 1 before eventually losing, which showed me they can hang with the Red Sox and both teams used their bullpens a lot, so starting pitching will go along way in deciding who wins Game 2. Hyun-Jin Ryu struggled in his two starts in the NLCS against the Brewers but David Price's postseason struggles are well-known and one good start in the ALCS against the Astros doesn't erase that so I'll take a shot on the Dodgers in the first five innings at plus money.
MLB Pick: Dodgers 1st 5 Innings +115