Red Sox @ Dodgers Game 3 Tips: This is LA's chance to pull one back
The World Series moves to LA with the Dodgers 2-0 down and the Red Sox know no team has ever gone 3-0 up in the World Series and missed out on the title. Ben Steele previews tonight's game.
"I expect LA to pull one back tonight, in a high scoring affair. Whether that will be enough to kick start a comeback remains to be seen."
Dodgers @ Red Sox
World Series Game 3
Saturday 01:05 BST
Live on BT Sport 1
Home advantage a factor for LA
Over the last six years no team has won more homes games than the LA Dodgers. While they're not famous for generating a raucous atmosphere on the west coast, the crowd will almost certainly play a part as they try to lift their side back in to the series.
It's not just the crowd that will give the Dodgers a boost. Boston home run machine J.D. Martinez is struggling with an injury that could mean he misses tonight's game and, with the series now being played in a National League ballpark, we could see Boston keep Martinez, who is a defensive liability, from the lineup in Game 4 as well.
In contrast, Max Muncy will certainly start for the Dodgers tonight having been used as a pinch hitter in Boston and he will add fire power to a lineup that has been kept relatively quiet so far. I expect LA to pull one back tonight, in a high scoring affair. Whether that will be enough to kick start a comeback remains to be seen.
Buehler hoping to avoid a day off
Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu couldn't get it done in Boston and now Dave Roberts turns to rookie starter, Walker Beuhler in a big game for the third time in recent weeks. Beuhler started Game 163 which won LA their sixth straight division title, he also started Gamed 7 of the National League Championship Series where he struck out seven hitters and allowed only one run in five innings of work.
The 24-year-old from Kentucky is a great fastball pitcher who has flashed the ability to dominate on the mound when he is at his best; he will face the best fastball hitting team in the majors tonight but with a limited number of bullpen options behind him he will need to be at his best and keep his team in the game, otherwise this could be the last time we see him in the 2018 season.
Red Sox know one could be enough
Having controlled both games in Boston, Alex Cora and the Red Sox know what they need to do, and that is win two of the remaining five games. Given the Dodgers apparent struggles in Boston, the two games played over the weekend will be absolutely crucial to the series. If the Red Sox can steal a game they will know that even in a worst-case scenario they will head back to Boston with a 3-2 lead.
I don't think the Red Sox will win that game tonight but I think Game 4 could be the one they take as they'll face Rich Hill, who is yet to win in either of his playoff starts this year. The Sox will want to sweep the series but I expect the Dodgers to put up a decent fight and win at least two of the three games played over the weekend.