Boston Red Sox will start JD Martinez in the left-hand corner and move Andrew Benintendi to the bench when the World Series switches to Dodger Stadium for Game 3 on Friday night.
Martinez injured his ankle in Game 1 and saw hobbled while driving under Game 2, but is still set to hit fourth and play on the field for the first time in the afterseason after previously serving as Boston Utility.
No team in history has recovered from a 3-0 Fall Classic deficit. If you are visiting Boston, you are starting newcomer Walker Buehler & Co. in Game 3, good … good night and good luck, Los Angeles.
Martinez led the American league with 130 RBIs in the regular season and were second in both the batting average .303) and home runs (43). He strikes .333 with 13 RBI in the playoffs.
Benintendi beat .283 in the afterseason, 4 in 5 won in match 1 against Dodger’s but 0-for-3 with two strikes in Game 2. The decision to sit Benintendi allows Red Sox to hold ALCS MVP Jackie Bradley Jr. in the midfield and leadoff man Mookie Betts right.
Shortstop Xander Bogaerts will move to the second place normally used by Benintendi followed by first bassman Mitch Moreland and Martinez. Second baseman Brock Holt will make his first appearance on the World Series, which beat fifth and replaces Ian Kinsler, who had gone 1 to 7 at Fenway Park.
After losing World Series first two matches in Boston, Dodgers will have four new faces – left-handed hitters Joc Pederson, Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy and switch-hitter Yasmani Grandal – in the starting line-up to Red Sox righty Rick Porcello.
Falling on the bench are Justice Brian Dozier, David Freese, Enrique Hernandez and Austin Barnes, who all started the first two matches against Red Sox lefties Chris Sale and David Price.
Red Corona’s manager Alex Cora also said that Nathan Eovaldi is “slated” to start Game 4 on Saturday, but the right handler can also be used out of the Bulls in game 3, if needed.
Eovaldi, who scored perfect eight innings in each of the first two matches, then confirmed he would not start game 4 if he entered game 3.