|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.