After four long days of no Sox baseball, they play tonight at 8pm vs the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Red Sox are looking for their fourth title since 2004 (most titles for any MLB team this century). Another impressive stat of this being the 3rd manager to lead the team to a championship in that short of a span. For the Dodgers, the franchise and their star Clayton Kershaw are looking to get monkey off their backs of finally sealing the deal with a WS win. They are looking for their first title since 1988, when Kirk Gibson hit his epic pinch hit homerun off of Eckersley.

Chris Sale takes the mound for the Red Sox. All systems are go as he has gotten over his “belly button piercing infection”. This will be Sale’s first time on the mound in 10 days, back on Oct 13 he lasted just four innings against the Astros. The good about the start was giving up just 1 Hit and 2 runs. The bad was his four Walks and hitting a batter. With the Dodgers for most part not having faced Sale before (ditto for Kershaw, this has the making to be a great pitchers duel.

Since June 8, Sale has given up more than 2 ER just once, a Sep 26 start vs the Orioles where he gave up 3 ER in 4.2 innings. The last time he gave up more than 3 ER? That was June 1 against the Astros, giving up 4 ER in 6 innings.

Clayton Kershaw takes the ball for the Dodgers. The Ace for the team has pretty much been the best starting pitcher in baseball for the last decade. Since 2009, highest ERA has been is 2.91. He is Cooperstown bound. The only blemish on his resume has been the postseason. In 28 games (22 starts), he has a so so 4.09 ERA, but that goes with a 9-8 record. His most recent start however was dominating win over the Brewers, allowing just one run in seven innings.

Now tonight he gets quite the daunting matchup of pitching in Fenway Park and pitching against the Red Sox lineup for the first time ever. Boston’s forecast for tonight is going to be roughly 38-42. Kershaw has ONLY pitched one game where the temperature was below 50 degrees. And for that one game (May 2015 vs Rockies), he wasn’t all that great. He didn’t get the loss, simply because his offense bailed him out.

5.2 innings, 8 Hits, 5 Runs, 4 Walks, 5 Ks

Chris Sale — Career vs Los Angeles Dodgers in 2 games (1 start), 10.50 ERA. In six innings he has given up 7 ER off 9 Hits & 5 Walks, while striking out seven Dodgers batters. Career at Fenway Park in 31 games (28 starts), 12-6 with a 2.83 ERA.

Los Angeles Dodgers:

Austin Barnes —–

Cody Bellinger —–

Brian Dozier – 12 for 47 (.255 avg) 4 Doubles, 3 HRs, 11 RBIs, 2 Walks, 14 Ks

David Freese – 2 for 5 (.400 avg) Walk

Yasmani Grandal – 0 for 1

Enrique Hernandez —–

Matt Kemp —–

Manny Machado – 6 for 19 (.316 avg) 2 Doubles, HR, 2 RBIs, 3 Walks, 5 Ks

Max Muncy —–

Joc Pederson —–

Yasiel Puig —–

Chris Taylor —–

Justin Turner —–

Clayton Kershaw — He made his MLB debut ten years ago, and yet this is both his first start at Fenway Park AND against the Boston Red Sox. This season (including postseason) in 15 games (14 starts), Kershaw has gone 8-3 with a 2.81 ERA.

Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi —–

Mookie Betts —–

Jackie Bradley Jr. —–

Xander Bogaerts —–

Rafael Devers —–

Brock Holt —–

Ian Kinsler – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) Walk

Sandy Leon —–

J.D. Martinez – 5 for 11 (.455 avg) Double, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, Walk, 2 Ks

Mitch Moreland —–

Eduardo Nunez – 2 for 12 (.167 avg) Double, 3 Ks

Steve Pearce – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) Double

Blake Swihart —–

Christian Vazquez —–