Jayne Camin-Oncea, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Rich HIll
Betting odds: Boston Red Sox at Los Angeles Dodgers
- Red Sox moneyline: +135 (Eduardo Rodriguez)
- Dodgers moneyline: -155 (Rich Hill)
- Over/Under: 8.5 (-110/-110)
- First pitch: 8:09 p.m. ET
- Channel: FOX
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We’re not in the business of looking back but Friday night’s marathon Game 3 obviously will play a pretty big role in Game 4.
Let’s start with the Red Sox. Manager Alex Cora took a few risks hunting for the 3-0 series lead and it’s hard to fault him for going for it. He emptied his bullpen, most notably calling on Nathan Eovaldi — who was supposed to start Game 4 — to throw six innings (97 pitches) in relief after he pitched in Games 1 and 2.
Cora also used closer Craig Kimbrel and middle relievers Matt Barnes, Joe Kelly, Ryan Brasier and Heath Hembree for at least an inning. Kimbrel, Hembree and Barnes each threw more than 20 pitches while Kelly (12 pitches), Brasier (18) and starter David Price (13) should be relatively fresh.
The only pitchers Cora didn’t use were Drew Pomeranz, who warmed up a little bit, and Chris Sale, who will start Game 5.
Pomeranz was rumored to be the starter for Game 4, but the Sox have opted for Eduardo Rodriguez, another southpaw, instead.
The Dodgers’ bullpen is also depleted. An 18-inning game will do that. Walker Buehler gave Dave Roberts seven scoreless innings before Kenley Jansen surrendered the lead on a solo homer in the eighth.