The Boston Red Sox are in firm control of the 2018 World Series.

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The Boston Red Sox are in firm control of the 2018 World Series.

Postby zhangzk » Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:30 pm

Boston won Wednesday's Game 2 at Fenway Park over the Los Angeles Dodgers David Freese Jersey , 4-2, building a 2-0 lead over its National League foe. David Price started for the victors and allowed two earned runs, three hits and three walks while striking out five in six innings, while J.D. Martinez spearheaded the offense with the decisive two-RBI single in the fifth.Los Angeles countered with Hyun-Jin Ryu, who gave up four earned runs, six hits and one walk with five strikeouts in 4.2 innings. Elite Price Another Nail in Dodgers' WS CoffinThe Dodgers don't have a chance in this World Series if the dominant version of Price is going to show up instead of the lackluster playoff one.Boston's offense led the league in runs (876), hits (1,509), doubles (355), batting average (.268) , on-base percentage (.339) and slugging percentage (.453). Ace Chris Sale is arguably the best pitcher in baseball and figures to improve on his Game 1 showing (three earned runs in four innings) as he puts his American League Championship Series hospitalization further in the rearview mirror.Price's history of postseason struggles was a sliver of hope in an otherwise daunting task for the Dodgers, but he retired the final seven batters he faced as Boston took the lead for good in the middle innings.Sporting News sportingnewsDavid Price is becoming the surprise of the posteason. In a good way. VqZMu3oSpmChristopher Smith SmittyOnMLBSoft contact for the most part against David Price tonight. Only 3 balls put in play by the Dodgers over 95 mph:David Freese 100 mph single in 4th.Manny Machado 105.4 mph single in fourth. David Freese 96.3 lineout in the fifth.Charlotte Wilder TheWilderThingsThe Exorcism of David Price (2018)Much like Clayton Kershaw for Los Angeles, the difference between Price's regular-season performances and his playoff showings is a defining characteristic of his career. He has a Cy Young, two ERA titles and five All-Star nods to go with a 3.25 career ERA, but his postseason ERA was 5.04 entering Game 2.He started down a familiar path in this year's playoffs when he allowed a combined seven earned runs and three homers in 6.1 innings in his first two starts against the New York Yankees and Houston Astros, but he put some of his demons behind him with six scoreless innings in Game 5 of the ALCS.Price picked up right where he left off Wednesday and baffled a starting Dodgers lineup that was missing a combined 85 home runs with left-handed hitters Cody Bellinger, Max Muncy and Joc Pederson on the bench to avoid the southpaw.The loaded Red Sox present enough problems for an overmatched Dodgers team. This World Series is all but over if Price is going to perform at an elevated level as well.Dodgers Bullpen Can't Contend with Red Sox BatsThe Dodgers have a dangerous weapon at the back end of their bullpen in Kenley Jansen, but they have been unable to get to him against the mighty Red Sox offense.It started in Game 1 when manager Dave Roberts took the red-hot Pedro Baez out after two strikeouts with an eye on a lefty-lefty matchup of Alex Wood against Rafael Devers. However, Boston manager Alex Cora pinch hit Eduardo Nunez, who blasted a three-run homer into the seats and added insurmountable insurance.The inherited-runner issue reared its ugly head again in Game 2 when Roberts removed Ryu with two outs and the bases loaded in the fifth for Ryan Madson. It was a pressure-packed situation Manuel Margot Jersey , but the bullpen must escape situations where it needs just one out to end an inning and preserve a lead if Los Angeles has any plans on winning this series.MLB MLB.JDMartinez14 is a hitting MACHINE. #WorldSeries nDc3GxKnkVJeff Passan JeffPassanRyan Madson has inherited five runners in the first two games of the World Series. All five have scored. The Red Sox lead, 4-2.Sung Min Kim sung_minkimYou can get Ryan Madson out of the Nats but you cant get the postseason Nats out of Ryan MadsonMadson did the opposite of that and imploded by allowing a bases-loaded walk to Steve Pearce and the critical two-run single to Martinez. Madson has allowed at least one hit or walk in eight of his nine playoff appearances, while Wood has done the same in six of his seven showings.The poor showings are adding all the more stress in the middle innings, which is something Los Angeles cannot afford against this Red Sox lineup.It is unrealistic to expect the starters to go through the best lineup in the league three times. Having bullpen concerns as well outside of Baez and Jansen, who Los Angeles is yet to get to, is a recipe for disaster.Resurgent Craig Kimbrel Eliminates Remaining Red Sox ConcernIt wouldn't be October without plenty of baseball stress for fans, but closer Craig Kimbrel was going overboard for the Red Sox.The seven-time All-Star is one of the most dominant closers of his generation, but he allowed at least a run in each of his first four playoff appearances against the Yankees and Astros. Suddenly, the typically sure thing was arguably Boston's biggest question mark entering the World Series.However, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported former Dodgers closer Eric Gagne told Cora that Kimbrel was tipping his pitches early in the postseason. The manager informed his staff , and Kimbrel looks like the automatic finisher he has been throughout his career.Molly Knight molly_knightEric Gagne fixed Craig Kimbrel just in time for him to face the Dodgers in the World Series. Ban him from Dodger Stadium for life.He closed the door with a perfect inning in each of the first two World Series games and looked nothing like the version of himself who had Red Sox fans biting their nails to the nub.Boston is running out of reasons to be worried about this series with a fixed Kimbrel.What's Next?The series shifts to Los Angeles for Friday's Game 3. The Dodgers will need to win at least two of the next three at home to push the battle back to Boston. CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians traded one of their extra pieces. They’re keeping their bigger ones — for now.Cleveland began what could be a busy offseason on Wednesday by dealing versatile infielder Erik Gonzalez to the Pittsburgh Pirates as part of a five-player swap.The AL Central champions sent the 27-year-old Gonzalez, who appeared in 81 games for the Indians last season, along with minor league right-handers Tahnaj Thomas and Dante Mendoza to the Pirates for outfielder Jordan Luplow and infielder Max Moroff.Gonzalez batted .265 with one homer and 16 RBIs last season for Cleveland, which signed the Dominican native in 2009. And while he filled a valuable utility role, he was not going to crack the starting lineup behind All-Stars Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez.“That was a tough thing for us,” Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said. “We’ve had multiple conversations with Erik about it. He’s done so many things to impact the organization in his time with us, from the time he signed. He’s played every position on the field I think other than catcher at one point or another. But, as our roster has taken shape over the course of the past few seasons, we have not had an opportunity for him to play regularly.“So, we feel this will give Erik an opportunity to play more with Pittsburgh and continue his career and potentially blossom into the everyday player we think he can be.”The negligible move gives the Indians needed depth in the outfield Austin Hedges Jersey , and it could be the first of many deals this winter.Cleveland has not dismissed speculation it may be willing to trade prominent players, including ace Corey Kluber and right-hander Carlos Carrasco. Antonetti said it’s difficult to measure whether the team has seen an increase in teams wanting to do business with the Indians.“I think what I would reiterate is that I think the conversations have reaffirmed for us that we have a lot of players on our roster and throughout our organization that are of interest to other teams,” he said. “And I think what that allows us to do is have a lot of dialogue with other teams about potential opportunities for us to move forward as an organization and get better.”The 25-year-old Luplow is one of those opportunities. Cleveland’s outfield was decimated by injuries last season, and the team is not expected to re-sign Michael Brantley as a free agent.Luplow appeared in 64 games over the past two seasons with the Pirates, who named him their top minor league player in 2017.“He’s capable of playing all three outfield spots,” Antonetti said. “He’s spent most of the time in left and right, but we also believe he has the ability to play center field. He complements our roster really well as a right-handed-hitting outfielder that we think is capable of helping us at the major league level.”Moroff has split the last three seasons between Triple-A Indianapolis and Pittsburgh, appearing in 26 games for the Pirates in 2018.Antonetti dealing young players — especially pitchers — like Thomas and Mendoza is difficult, but sometimes necessary.“Two young pitchers out in Arizona that we like, that have some upside Carlos Asuaje Jersey ,” he said. “Obviously, they’re a little ways away from the major Leagues, being both 19 years old. So, guys that definitely have some potential to continue to grow and develop and develop into major league pitchers. But, for us to acquire Max and Jordan, we thought it was a worthwhile deal for us to make, because they’re two guys that can help our Major League team here in the near future.”

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