Los Angeles fans are seeing a silver lining to the Dodgers' 0-2 World Series start. The National League, originally founded in 1876, consists of the following teams: Arizona Diamondbacks; Atlanta Braves; Chicago Cubs; Cincinnati Reds; Colorado Rockies; Los Angeles Dodgers; Miami Marlins; Milwaukee Brewers; New York Mets; Philadelphia Phillies; Pittsburgh Pirates; San Diego Padres; San Francisco Giants; St. Louis Cardinals; and Washington Nationals.
In going against left-handers Chris Sale and David Price in the first two games of the series, Roberts left the four team leaders in home runs during the regular season - Max Muncy, Cody Bellinger, Joc Pederson and Yasmani Grandal - out of the starting lineup. Which means Martinez has to play in the outfield. He opened two games a year ago against the Astros, allowing two earned runs in 8 2/3 innings without getting a decision.
The Boston Red Sox are in fact now leading the series 2-0 heading into the third game tonight. The Red Sox won the first two games in Boston on the strength of two-out rallies and dominant pitching. He's 4-for-8 with a walk, stolen base, and three runs scored.
This comes hours after MLB.com reported that Martinez's status was in question for the game Friday due to an ankle injury.
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Still, he's not ruling out J.D. for Game 3 entirely. He stayed in, then delivered a key hit Wednesday night in Game 2 at Fenway Park.
Red Sox star Mookie Betts has received plenty of praise for his play on the field this season. The manager said Martinez would get more treatment Friday, and a decision would be made as gametime approached.
Or maybe these Dodgers, as advanced analytically as any team in the industry, will find a way to tap into Roberts' memories of being a member of the 2004 Red Sox, who wiped out not just a 2-0 deficit but a 3-0 hole - the only baseball team ever to pull that off - to the Yankees in that ALCS.More news: A Democratic candidate isn’t sorry she once burned the Georgia flag
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