This has been an exciting World Series so far, living up to the last 2 years of excellent matchups. Each of the first 3 games were decided by one timely swing of the bat. Game 1 was thanks to an Eduardo Nunez home run that effectively ended the Dodgers hopes of stealing a win after a shaky Kershaw outing. Game 2 was a 2-run JD Martinez single and Game 3 was a walk off home run off the bat of Max Muncy in the 18th inning.
It was an interesting risk that Alex Cora took last night by putting Nathan Eovaldi into the game for 6 innings of relief when he was slated as the starter for Game 4. David Price also pitched 1 inning of relief. This limits the options for the Red Sox in the starting pitcher role, unless they go with the unlikely option of sending out Chris Sale on short rest. The only other starter from the regular season is Eduardo Rodriguez, who also pitched in relief last night, though his outing yielded just 1 batter.
Game 4 of the World Series was originally suppose to see Rich Hill take on in the high stakes game for both teams. The Red Sox look to take a commanding 3-1 lead while the Dodgers fight to even up the series at 2-2. Rich Hill will likely still take the mound in Game 4. The only way that I see this changing is if the Red Sox do decide to go with Chris Sale, then the Dodgers may elect to match him with Kershaw. This is unlikely though, so we are going to assume that Rich Hill goes tonight.
Rich Hill has done well this postseason, going 5 innings of one-run ball in his only start of the NLCS. Eovaldi was initially slated to get the start until Alex Cora used him in extra innings of Game 3.
The Dodgers bats still need to wake up if they want to have a chance to win this series. The pitching staff has done a good job maintaining the potent Red Sox lineup and giving the Dodgers a chance, but they need to start getting the run support to secure the wins.
The Red Sox starter will have a short and rocky outing, coming out of the game before the end of the 3rd inning, leaving it to the bullpen to hold the Dodgers and give their offense of chance. Hill will have a strong outing through 6 innings, allowing 2 runs before turning it over to the bullpen. The Red Sox bullpen will crack late to open the game for the Dodgers, allowing them to ease into the win and tie the series at 2 wins a piece.