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World Series Game 3 open thread

The World Series is heading towards a Red Sox sweep unless the Dodgers do something about it starting tonight. Hopefully they can get back into the series.

World Series - Los Angeles Dodgers v Boston Red Sox - Game Two Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

Entering the third game of the World Series, we’re still waiting for the Dodgers to make it something of a series. In fairness, the 2-0 Red Sox lead is in large part, though of course not entirely, because one reliever who was good in the regular season is now not good.

Perhaps the series taking root in Los Angeles will make a difference for the men in blue. The home field advantage in baseball is real. It doesn’t determine everything, but it can be a nice boost. You never know.

If the Dodgers don’t turn this thing around, the series could be over as soon as tomorrow night. That wouldn’t be very much fun, not least of which because it would mean the Red Sox won in a sweep. That’s not good for anybody. Hopefully they can at least win a couple of their home games and force this thing to go back to Boston... not that the prospect of Red Sox fans getting to celebrate their fourth title of this century at home is very heartening either.

Anyway, here are the lineups for the visiting Red Sox:

  1. Mookie Betts - RF
  2. Xander Bogaerts - SS
  3. Mitch Moreland - 1B
  4. J.D. Martinez - LF
  5. Brock Holt - 2B
  6. Rafael Devers - 3B
  7. Jackie Bradley Jr. - CF
  8. Christian Vazquez - C
  9. Rick Porcello - P

Note the need for Martinez to play in left field as the teams must play by inferior baseball rules for the next three nights. Will this end up making a difference in the contest? Martinez could blow a key play... or the Red Sox decision to put him in the field could pay off with a key hit.

Here’s the home team Dodgers:

  1. Joc Pederson - LF
  2. Justin Turner - 3B
  3. Max Muncy - 1B
  4. Manny Machado - SS
  5. Cody Bellinger - CF
  6. Yasiel Puig - RF
  7. Yasmani Grandal - C
  8. Chris Taylor - 2B
  9. Walker Buehler - P

If you’ve been watching the postseason thus far, you know that Grandal has been a hot mess. The Dodgers defense has also not done great in this series, with some baseball writers pointing out particular problems with positioning at Fenway Park. Now they’re at their home stadium, so... maybe they will have a better idea of what to do and where to stand.