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Game 2: LA stays course; Vazquez in for Sox

October 24, 2018

BOSTON -- The Dodgers turn to Hyun-Jin Ryu in Game 2 of the World Series tonight against the Red Sox, needing a win to get a split at Fenway Park and avoid falling behind 0-2 in the best-of-seven series.:: World Series schedule and results ::Of the 59 times a Fall

BOSTON -- The Dodgers turn to Hyun-Jin Ryu in Game 2 of the World Series tonight against the Red Sox, needing a win to get a split at Fenway Park and avoid falling behind 0-2 in the best-of-seven series.
:: World Series schedule and results ::
Of the 59 times a Fall Classic has been tied 1-1, the winner of Game 2 has won the Series 31 times (52.5 percent). But teams that go up 2-0 win the Series 79.6 percent of the time.
Los Angeles will be facing Boston left-hander David Price, who was drafted by the Rays when they were run by Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers' current president of baseball operations.
What do the starting lineups look like?
Dodgers: Manager Dave Roberts has used five leadoff hitters in the past five games, but he came back with James Dozier again for Game 2. He also said he was pleased with the Dodgers' offensive approach against Chris Sale, who was chased after four-plus innings in Game 1, and Dozier said the approach wouldn't vary much against Price, who throws more over-the-top than Sale.
With the designated hitter, Roberts has one fewer bench player to insert during the game, which hamstrung him in the fifth inning of Game 1, when he let David Freese bat and strike out against right-handed reliever Matt Barnes.
Official lineup

  1. Brian Dozier, 2B
  2. Justin Turner, 3B
  3. David Freese, 1B
  4. Manny Machado, SS
  5. Chris Taylor, LF
  6. Matt Kemp, DH
  7. Enrique Hernandez, CF
  8. Yasiel Puig, RF
  9. Austin Barnes, C
    Red Sox: No matter which combination manager Alex Cora uses, the Red Sox continue to be relentless. When Boston is in an offensive groove, its opponent is in big trouble. The Sox are 6-0 this postseason when scoring five runs or more, and 86-12 overall on the season. Christian Vazquez will get the start behind the plate.
    Official lineup
  10. Mookie Betts, RF
  11. Andrew Benintendi, LF
  12. Steve Pearce, 1B
  13. J.D. Martinez, DH
  14. Xander Bogaerts, SS
  15. Rafael Devers, 3B
  16. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  17. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
  18. Christian Vazquez, C
    Who are the starting pitchers?
    Dodgers: Ryu (7-3, 1.97 ERA regular season, 1-1 4.40 postseason) has been known as a big-game pitcher, and he will need to be just that so the Dodgers don't fall two games down. Ryu has a 1.15 ERA at home, but it was decided he would get the Game 2 start on the road, even though he had an 8.59 ERA in two road starts against the Brewers in the National League Championship Series. Ryu's starts against Milwaukee lasted 4 1/3 and three innings.

Red Sox: Price (16-7, 3.58 ERA regular season, 1-1, 5.11 postseason) enters the first World Series start of his career with the weight of the world off his shoulders. The lefty, in case you missed it, finally won a playoff game when he closed out the Astros with a masterful effort in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series. One of the keys for Price last time out was a strong changeup that kept Houston off balance throughout the night. He has been his best all season when he's been able to change speeds. This will be Price's first appearance in a World Series game since 2008, when he pitched twice in relief for the Rays against the Phillies.

How will the bullpens line up after the starter?
Dodgers: The bullpen that outpitched the Brewers' heralded relief corps in the NLCS got off to a shaky start in the World Series. Ryan Madson let two inherited runners score, but Roberts won't lose confidence in him that quickly. Pedro Baez has been so good for so long that fans second-guess the manager for taking him out instead of bringing him in. Alex Wood, however, has been giving up the long ball. Kenley Jansen hasn't pitched since Saturday night, so he's fresh. Kenta Maeda warmed up on Tuesday but didn't enter the game.
Red Sox: Cora continues to find the right combinations with a bullpen that had question marks heading into the postseason. Though the Sox used six relievers in Game 1, none of them threw more than 18 pitches. Closer Craig Kimbrel is rounding into form after a tough start to the playoffs. Barnes and Joe Kelly continue to get the job done in the middle innings. With an off-day on Thursday, Cora should be able to line up everything just as he wishes in Game 2.

Are there any relievers who are unavailable?
Dodgers:Julio Urias had never pitched back-to-back until the last two games of the NLCS, and he was up and down twice in Game 1, so they'll probably stay away from him in Game 2.
Red Sox:Nathan Eovaldi threw an inning in Game 1, so Cora would like to stay away from the hard-throwing righty if possible. Eovaldi figures to start Game 3 or 4 in Los Angeles.

Any injuries of note?
Dodgers: None known.
Red Sox: Martinez appeared to roll his right ankle rounding second base in Game 1, but he stayed in the game and said he is good to go for Game 2.

Who is hot and who is not?
Dodgers: Machado drove in three runs in Game 1, one with a single, one on a sacrifice fly and one on a groundout. Freese had two hits off left-hander Sale. Turner had three hits after going 4-for-25 in last year's World Series.

Red Sox: Benintendi went 4-for-5 in Game 1. Martinez continues to be a machine in the middle of the order, with 11 RBIs and a 1.016 OPS in the postseason. Kinsler went 0-for-4 in Game 1 and has just a .563 OPS this postseason. Though Betts seems to have a big moment in most of Boston's wins, he hasn't caught fire this October the way he did during his AL MVP Award-caliber regular season. In this playoff run, the superstar right fielder is hitting .209 with no homers, three RBIs and a .585 OPS.

Anything else fans might want to know?
The Red Sox will try to become the 55th team in history to take a 2-0 lead in the World Series. Forty-three of the first 54 won it all, including the past 10 teams to do so. ... Of the previous 13 times the Dodgers have lost Game 1, they've come back to win the World Series four times, most recently in 1981. ... The winner of Game 1 has won it all 61.9 percent of the time. ... There was rain prior to Game 1 but even though it should be dry leading up to Game 2, the temperatures will be dropping. Temperatures are forecast to be around 46 degrees at first pitch, falling to around 40 by the end of the game.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.