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26.04.2019 03:37
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to be reading anything into this Hank Aaron Jersey , but I do note that Carson Kelly will be catching Zack Greinke today. It seems that Greinke has a VERY strong preference for working with one catcher. Last year, every single pitch in the 207.2 innings he threw, was to Jeff Mathis behind the plate. It could well have been the same in 2017, except for the injury to Mathis which forced Greinke to throw to Iannetta instead. [Small sample size, but his ERA was 0.22 higher, and opponents’ OPS 35 points up, despite a BABIP which was a dozen points lower] In 2016, it was almost always Welington Castillo, and even before he was a D-back , Greinke tended to have a personal catcher. Whether today’s line-up indicates Kelly has been tagged as “the man” or if this is just the first in a series of auditions, we’ll have to wait and see. I’ve no doubt Greinke has been throwing on the backfields to the other candidates, John Ryan Murphy and Alex Avila. Though neither of them have ever caught him in a game situation, so don’t have any real leg-up on Kelly in this particular race. However, if Kelly also catches Greinke next time he starts, which should be over the weekend, we can probably start thinking the position of personal catcher has been filled. One imagines the team will want to give whoever it is, as much time as possible, to work with Zack in game situations. In 11 postseason games with the Dodgers Julio Teheran Jersey , Machado has 11 hits, with three doubles, three home runs and nine RBI.As the cleanup hitter in the Los Angeles order, Machado needs to continue that production to steal a game in Boston on Tuesday or Wednesday.If there's any player who understands the ins and outs of Fenway Park and the Boston pitching staff, it's Machado, who is a .278 hitter in his career at Fenway.As long as the players in front of him in the order continue to reach base, Machado should be able to drive in a few runs in Boston to set the stage for success at home in Games 3, 4 and 5.Price, Sale Benefit From Extended RestHaving more than three days off at this stage of the postseason is unheard of.With Game 1 of the World Series coming five days after the Red Sox clinched the American League pennant with a 4-1 ALCS win over the Houston Astros , Chris Sale and David Price will start the first two games of the series on full rest.Since Sale wasn't used after Game 1 of the ALCS, he is the likely starter for World Series Game 1, with Clayton Kershaw in line to oppose him in a heavyweight battle of the game's top pitchers.Sale is 15-8 in his career on six or more days of rest, and in those outings he's produced a 1.67 ERA and 0.937 WHIP.Charles Krupa/Associated PressPrice, who earned his first postseason win as a starting pitcher in Game 5 of the ALCS, will enter Game 2 on a normal five days of rest.The Red Sox will be in position to win both games because of the long starts turned in by Sale and Price, and since both pitchers are left-handed, it presents a set of lineup decisions for Dodgers manager Dave Roberts to make.Los Angeles' deep lineup is more than capable of holding its own against Sale and Price, and if Roberts employs a similar strategy from the NLCS David Justice Jersey , David Freese, Yasiel Puig and Taylor are locks to start.Since there isn't much history between the Red Sox aces and the Dodgers lineup, Sale and Price should thrive during at least their first time through the Los Angeles order as they attempt to set the tone for the series. Series Prediction:Boston in seven.Given how strong both pitching staffs and lineups are, the margins will be slim.Winning on the road will be key for both sides, and expect at least one road victory out of both franchises.Game 7 at Fenway Park should be quite the spectacle, and the Red Sox will benefit from a pitching combination led by Sale to win their first championship since 2013.Follow Joe on Twitter, JTansey90.

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