The Game of the Day will be in Boston for the next few days, as the Los Angeles Dodgers and Red Sox meet for a three-game series at Fenway park. It’s not a bad interleague series to get the second-half started on Friday for both ball clubs. The Red Sox get a major test right out of the gate. They must begin to put on their championship look and show the Dodgers who won the World Series less than a year ago. This is of course a rematch of the World Series, which resulted in a championship in Boston.
Friday is the first time they meet since the Red Sox closed the Dodgers out with a 5-1 win to win the crown. The Dodgers look like a team ready to go back to the World Series, while the Red Sox have a lot of work left to do.The Dodgers go into the second-half with a record of 60-32, which is good for the No. 1 seed in the major leagues currently. There isn’t any competition to be had in the NL West, with the Dodgers holding a 13.5-game lead over the Diamondbacks.
The Rockies fell all the way back to 4th with a record of 44-45 after hitting a pothole before the break. Blue skies are in Los Angeles for the Dodgers, but they cannot afford to get too comfortable. The Indians were in a similar position last season and fell flat in the postseason. That said, this Dodgers team is better than the 2018 Indians. Kenta Maeda will get the starting honors for the Dodgers in the first game since the All-Star Game. The Red Sox will counter with lefty Eduardo Rodriguez. Head below for our free Dodgers vs. Red Sox pick.
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Eduardo Rodriguez could be an x-factor down the stretch for the Red Sox. He was supposed to be that guy throughout the season, but a 4.65 ERA in the first-half isn’t much of a factor at all. Rodriguez has been serviceable, though, and has shown up to flourish in spots. He is coming off a strong performance against the Tigers, as he allowed just 1-run and 4 hits across 5 innings of play. However, that was against a team who have been the worst in the league in the last month. The Dodgers are going to be a different beast for Rodriguez to handle. They finished 7th with 5.22 runs scored per game in the first-half.
The Dodgers are the most balanced team in the majors, with quality pitching across the board and a consistent offense. Maeda pitching on the road hasn’t been too terrific, though. Lights out at home, but traveling outside of Dodger Stadium has been tricky. Maeda holds an ERA of 5.52 and 1.36 WHIP as a visiting pitcher. Conversely, a 2.26 ERA and 0.81 WHIP at home in Los Angeles. Fenway could prove to be a difficult challenge against the Red Sox.
Boston are 3rd in the majors with an average of 5.66 runs per game. The lineup has been proficient against righties, hitting .277 as opposed to .248 against lefties. If Rodriguez can hold up, the Red Sox should be in good shape here. That’s a big if, though. The Dodgers have hammered him in the past for a .360 batting average and .500 OBP in 25 at-bats. Rodriguez has been pedestrian this season, posting an ERA of 4.65 and 1.34 WHIP in 102.2 innings of work. This should be a fun few days in Boston in the World Series rematch. It’s likely going to be entertaining Friday night at Fenway, with two of the best lineups in baseball putting on.