BOSTON (AP) – The San Gabriel Mountains shimmering in distance will be a welcome sight for Los Angeles Dodgers after…
BOSTON (AP) – The San Gabriel Mountains shimmering in distance will be a welcome sight for Los Angeles Dodgers after two cool, unsuccessful nights at Fenway Park.
No team has overcome a 2-0 defeat in the 22-year World Series, but it’s the big task that Dodgers faces after culminating in the 37-foot-high Green Monster.
“It will be hotter and hopefully our bats will be hot too,” says Cody Bellinger after Wednesday’s 4-2 defeat to Boston Red Sox.
No wonder they were California Dreamin on Thursday’s flight home.
Used to the soft winds at home and usually hospitable weather in NL West, Los Angeles had not started a game this year under a temperature below 58. Towards a 53 degree temperature at the beginning, Dodgers lost 8-4. It was only 46 in the first game for Game 2, and Dodger’s bats were cold again ̵
1; their last 16 hitters retired.
“This is the first time we played in clear weather like this – San Francisco a little, but nothing like this,” says Dodger’s manager Dave Roberts before the match. “So that’s an adjustment and it’s part of the home field advantage and especially in the bullpen, where you have a little heaters, but still have to be warm and get hot. It’s more of a challenge. “
Ryan Madson was unusually open about how many different dodgers were in the northeast of late October.
” Tonight we had a couple of heaters, “he said before Game 2.” It be warm out there, but to get up and move around. I did not feel like gummy as usual when it is 75, 80 degrees. So I’ll do the adjustment tonight, move a little more. I’ll tell the guys who did not check out last night, just move a little more than usual, move your knee joint. But maybe they are young and they do not know it. “
Madson’s problem was the lack of movement in his places, as well as a change that he threw for a wild increase in Game 1. Invited to relieve Hyun-Jin Ryu and protect a 2-1 leader with the bases loaded and two outs in fifth one night later, he went Steve Pearce and gave up a two-run single to JD Martinez before throwing a single kicked pitch.
“The ball does not go where I want it. In the evening, it went down to the left, and tonight it was high to the right, “said Madson.
Dodger’s pitching coach Rick Honeycutt became annoyed under the conditions his relievers experienced in a bullet just in front of the right field paler.
” Brutal . Pretty brutal, “he told Sports Illustrated.” What I do not understand is why baseball allows it. You’ve got the rubber there and people are literally over you. “
Fenway’s frenzied fans favor Red Sox, a big league best 57-24 home during the regular season and 8-1 in the World Series since 2004.
” They live baseball 24 hours, seven days a week, says Boston boss Alex Cora, who played for Dodger’s 1998-04 and for Red Sox from 2005-08. Madson came in and he was wild, and they screamed and they were high. Sometimes we take them for granted, honestly. “
If Los Angeles is to recover, it will be on Chavez Ravine. The temperature of last year’s World Series opener at Dodger Stadium was 103 degrees. A more temperate mid-80s is forecast for Friday when rookie Walker Buehler begins against Rick Porcello in an attempt to kick a turn. With a right-hand side of Boston, most of Dodger’s best four home-bakers will be back in the starting line-up: left-handed rings Max Muncy, Joc Pederson and Bellinger were all benchmarked in Boston together with the alternating Yasmani Grandal .
“We’re going to shuffle it up for Game 3, but it’s not because it’s necessarily performance, it’s the kind of who the boot of these guys is,” said Roberts.
But even though the dodgers winning at least two out of three to force the series back to Boston, they would still have to win at least once in the quirky, loud Fenway. There’s nothing characters that they can warm up to the task.
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