The Los Angeles Dodgers need a win in a big way on Friday night as they host the Boston Red Sox for Game 3 of the World Series. First pitch is at 8:09 p.m. ET. In terms of Red Sox vs. Dodgers odds, Los Angeles is -155 on the money line, meaning you’d need to bet $155 to win $100 on the Dodgers (a $100 bet on Boston would net $135). The Over-Under, or total runs Vegas thinks will be scored, is 7.5. Boston held serve at Fenway Park by taking the opening two games of the series. Now the Fall Classic heads to the West Coast. Before you lay down your own Red Sox vs. Dodgers picks, you need to see what Larry Hartstein is saying about the matchup.
SportsLine’s senior analyst has it figured out when it comes to picking games involving either of these teams. He’s on a 30-12 run picking Red Sox and Dodgers games and overall is on a red-hot 111-85 streak, earning a sizable profit to those tailing him.
Hartstein has now examined every matchup, every player and every trend for this critical Game 3 of the World Series and locked in his pick, available exclusively at SportsLine.
Hartstein knows that even when the Red Sox don’t have their ‘A’ game going, it can break out at any moment. Nine of the 12 World Series runs scored by MLB’s top offense have done so with two outs, including all four in Wednesday’s 4-2, Game 2 victory. With two outs, the Sox are batting 17-of-40 (.425). Game 3 starter Rick Porcello (17-7, 4.28) has shown a road-warrior mentality for Boston. He was 10-3 with a 3.86 ERA away from Fenway, giving up just 10 homers in 18 starts, compared to 17 in 15 starts at home.
There is reason to believe the Dodgers can turn it around. For one, no NL team hit more homers or scored more runs. And the damage came from the top of the order to the bottom — no player accounted for more than 85 RBI wearing the blue-and-white. Manny Machado has done his part this postseason, with a team-high three HRs and 12 RBIs. Max Muncy and Cody Bellinger are a combined 12-of-75 (.160) but their bats can’t stay silent forever.
Hard-throwing Rookie of the Year candidate Walker Buehler (9-5, 2.62) got back on track in Game 7 of the NLCS, striking out seven over 4.2 innings. He gets the ball for Game 3 at home, where he’s been a dynamo with a 1.93 ERA and .174 average allowed in 13 games.
One possible x-factor is the status of Red Sox star J.D. Martinez. Martinez, who has a team-leading .333 average, two HR and 13 RBI in the playoffs, is questionable to start Game 3 with an ankle injury. Martinez may not be ready to play in the field, and there is no designated hitter as the series moves to L.A.
Hartstein has broken down the matchups and pinpointed key reasons to confidently back a side. You want to see what it is before you bet.
So what side of Red Sox-Dodgers do you need to be all over in Game 3? Visit SportsLine now to see the strong money line pick by Hartstein, who is crushing the MLB and riding an amazing 71-percent win rate on picks involving the Red Sox and Dodgers.
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