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World Series Gameday Thread, #1: Dodgers @ Red Sox

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Help us, Boston Red Sox - you’re our only hope...

Divisional Round - New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox - Game One Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images

Today's Lineups

DODGERS RED SOX
Brian Dozier - 2B Mookie Betts - RF
Justin Turner - 3B Andrew Benintendi - LF
David Freese - 1B Steve Pearce - 1B
Manny Machado - SS J.D. Martinez - DH
Chris Taylor - LF Xander Bogaerts - SS
Matt Kemp - DH Rafael Devers - 3B
Enrique Hernandez - CF Ian Kinsler - 2B
Yasiel Puig - RF Sandy Leon - C
Austin Barnes - C Jackie Bradley - CF


Clayton Kershaw - P Chris Sale - P

And, so: it begins. I’m sure Fox executives are delighted with the match-up, which offers a chance for revenge, being a rematch of the World Series from... uh, 102 years ago. There, in 1916, the Red Sox won in five, beating a team then known as the Brooklyn Robins, Superbas or Dodgers, almost interchangeably. Personally, I’d take a repeat of that score, but will settle for whatever, as long as I get to celebrate Los Angeles Elimination Day at some point before the end of the month.

It’s a battle of left-handers, with Chris Sale (12-4, 2.11 ERA in the regular season) going up against Clayton Kershaw (9-5, 2.73). It appears Kershaw is seen as the underdog by Vegas, for the first time in any start he has made since July 2012. Not sure who he faced there: looking at his game logs, could have been Cliff Lee or Ryan Vogelsong. Probably not his game again Josh Collmenter.

Go, Red Sox.