The Boston Red Sox are currently looking for their first World Series since 2013 as the joust with the Dodgers rolls on Friday. Tuesday, the Red Sox showed why they have the best team in baseball: we dominate scoring in the first inning. The fact every team passed on J.D. Martinez absolutely blows my mind. The guy was signed in late February, thought to have been asking for too much money, and yet here he is on his way to a World Series MVP. But that’s the last part of the Mookie Benny JD 1-3 (sometimes 4) rotation. Mookie gets a hit, steals second, Benintendi gets on, and JD hits them both home. Not only is that a consistent spinning wheel, but we did it against the best pitcher in Baseball and childhood center to Matt Stafford, Clayton Kershaw. The Dodgers are stacked all across the board, a reason I think the bullpens win or lose this October Classic. You don’t go to back to back World Series’ without having a next level lineup and both these teams do.
Managing and match ups are going to continue to be a huge story of this Postseason. Alex Cora had Devers batting, Dodgers make a pitching change, Cora puts in Nunez to pinch hit for Devers, and all of a sudden Game 1 is over with a Nunez three run homer. The chess match between Roberts and Cora is just another great story on top of the big bats in this Boston vs LA series. Game 2 is a big game for the Dodgers but the Red Sox are ROLLING right now.
And the bullpen of the Dodgers in Game 2 is the story once again. I wrote the game 1 review and synopsis above before game 2 and the omen was the opposite of ominous. Ryu loaded up the bases which is why the bullpen ERA isn’t as high as it should be through two games (still sits at 3.68 with the Sox at 1.19) Madson comes in with the bases juiced, walks a guy home then gives up a two run single to JD. In the words of Ty Schmit, “thats the difference between a world series team, and a loser.”
Joe Kelly, Nathan Eovaldi, and Craig Kimbrel all went 1,2,3 in the 7th 8th and 9th. It was a pitching duel for sure, no runs being scored after the fifth inning, but god it was something to see Joe Kelly throw the rock that way. He is LOCKED in right now and watching him pitch has been an absolute honor thus far. When the stakes are highest, Joe Kelly brings his hard hat and lunch pail to that mound. Price was the guy in game 2 with a strong 6 innings only giving up 2 runs. He, and most of the team, are in a zone that will carry us to the finish line. Count on price with a big relief inning going forward as we look to tie the bow on this present of a series. Sox up 2-0, 2 more and the trophy is ours. We steal one away and finish it in 6, anything else would be fine too.