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    Dodgers' bullpen crumbles in 9-6 loss to Red Sox in Game 4
    October 28, 2018
    By The Associated Press

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Working on a one-hitter with a 4-0 lead, Rich Hill had just sent Eduardo Nunez down swinging for the first out of the seventh inning.

    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts had seen enough. Walking to the mound, he signaled to the bullpen and Hill was gone.

    On came Scott Alexander and the beginning of another troubled outing for Los Angeles' bullpen in the World Series.

    The relievers combined to give up eight of Boston's nine runs over the final three innings in a 9-6 loss Saturday that sent the Dodgers to the brink of elimination for the second straight year.

    Even President Donald Trump questioned Roberts' moves .

    ''Watching the Dodgers/Red Sox final innings,'' he tweeted. ''It is amazing how a manager takes out a pitcher who is loose & dominating through almost 7 innings, Rich Hill of Dodgers, and brings in nervous reliever(s) who get shellacked. 4 run lead gone. Managers do it all the time, big mistake!''

    Los Angeles trails 3-1 in the best-of-seven Series. Game 5 is Sunday at Dodger Stadium, where the Dodgers lost to Houston in Game 7 a year ago.

    Alexander inherited a runner from Hill, who had issued a leadoff walk to Xander Bogaerts. Alexander walked Brock Holt and Roberts was quick with the hook.

    The Dodgers turned to Ryan Madson, brought in from the Nationals in August to bolster the `pen in high-leverage situations.

    It didn't work.

    Madson gave up a three-run homer to pinch-hitter Mitch Moreland, drawing the Red Sox to 4-3.

    The Dodgers turned to Kenley Jansen in the eighth for the second straight game.

    Bad move.

    The All-Star closer served up a one-out homer to Steve Pearce that tied the game at 4-all.

    Hours earlier, Jansen gave up Jackie Bradley Jr.'s tying homer in the eighth inning of an epic Game 3, blowing his attempt at a six-out save in his third major World Series failure in two years.

    But the bullpen rallied, with eight relievers combining for 11 innings of five-hit ball in the longest World Series game in history. They mostly shut down Boston's powerful lineup and the Dodgers eked out a 3-2 victory in 18 innings of the 7 hour, 20 minute affair. Converted reliever Alex Wood got the win by pitching out of trouble in the 18th after giving up a leadoff walk.

    Jansen struggled against Houston a year ago in the World Series, too.

    He gave up a solo homer to Marwin Gonzalez in Game 2 for his first blown save in the postseason. It snapped his major-league record of converting his first 12 postseason save chances.

    In Game 5, he took the loss in a 10-inning defeat.
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    Sunday’s 6-pack

    Top 6 picks in Week 8 of Westgate SuperBook NFL handicapping contest (3,123 entries)

    1) Packers, +9.5 (1,229)-

    2) Eagles, -3 (957)-

    3) Redskins, even (933)-

    4) Seaahawks, +3 (889)-

    5) Bears, -7 (852)-

    6) Colts, -3 (844)-

    Season record: 19-20-3

    Tweet of the Day
    “I think mentally we’re a weak football team and we’re not mentally strong yet, and that’s part of the culture to changing it to what you want,. We’re going to find the guys that quit, and we’re going to find the guys that kept playing and make sure that we keep those guys in there. So there will be some changes come next week.”
    Florida State coach Willie Taggart

    Sunday’s quiz
    Which college football team plays its home games in Neyland Stadium?

    Saturday’s quiz
    Utah is known as the Beehive State.

    Friday’s quiz
    Brock Osweiler played his college football at Arizona State.


    Sunday’s List of 13: Wrapping up a college football Saturday

    13) Kentucky 15, Missouri 14— Mizzou got called for pass interference in the end zone on the last play of the game, so Kentucky got another play, threw a 2-yard TD pass, and now Wildcats are 7-1.

    Missouri had zero first downs in the second half- none.

    12) Cincinnati 26, SMU 20 OT— Bearcats kicked 41-yard FG at the gun to force OT, then ran back an INT 86 yards for the game-winning TD in overtime. That hasn’t happened much, where a defensive score decided a game in overtime.

    11) Kansas 27, TCU 26— Horned Frogs fumbled on the Kansas 10-yard line in last 2:00, screwing up what would at least have been the game-tying FG.

    From 2015-17, Jayhawks were 3-33; this year, they’re 3-5, so big improvement for them.

    In their last six games, TCU is -14 in turnovers (2-16).

    10) Iowa State 40, Texas Tech 31— Cyclone fans better enjoy this, because their coach Matt Campbell ain’t going to be in Ames much longer— the big-$$$ people will come calling for him, and soon, then the Iowa State revival will be in jeopardy.

    This game was 31-all with under 5:00 left when Tech got called for intentional grounding in their own end zone, which out ISU up 33-31. On the ensuing series, Cyclones had 3rd-and-9 but threw a 48-yard TD pass, putting the game out of reach.

    Lot of points for a game with two freshman QB’s playing.

    9) Clemson 59, Florida State 10— Oy. This is the worst Florida State team since Bobby Bowden got to Tallahassee over 40 years ago. Willie Taggart needs to have a seriously positive run of good recruiting; this game tied a 49-0 loss to Florida in 1973 as the worst loss in FSU history.

    8) Penn State 30, Iowa 24— Iowa had the ball on Penn State’s 3-yard line with 3:17 left, but threw a hideous INT where instead of calling a timeout to get organized, Iowa’s QB ran a play and QB/WR weren’t on the same page, and Penn State got the clinching INT.

    Hawkeyes had two safeties in first 16:39 of this game; don’t see that a lot; Iowa’s punter also threw a TD on a fake FG. Rough day for Iowa’s QB; in the first half, they ran a play action fake and had a TE wide-open (by 20 yards) for an easy TD, but the QB overthrew the pass.

    7) Upsets of the Week:
    — Oregon State (+23.5) 41, Colorado 34
    — Kansas (+13.5) 27, TCU 26
    — California (+10.5) 12, Washington 10
    — Georgia Southern (+8) 34, Appalachian State 14
    — Northern Illinois (+7.5) 7, BYU 6
    — Kentucky (+7) 15, Missouri 14
    — Charlotte (+6.5) 20, Southern Miss 17
    — Northwestern (+6) 31, Wisconsin 17

    6) Georgia Tech 49, Virginia Tech 28— We mentioned how Yellow Jackets didn’t complete a pass in this game Thursday; last college team to score 40+ points in a road game without completing a pass? Ohio Bobcats, in 2002, in a 50-0 win at Kent State.

    5) Oregon State 41, Colorado 34 OT— Horrific loss for Colorado; Buffs led this game 31-3 with 9:00 left in third quarter, but lose as a 23-point favorite.

    4) Wake Forest 56, Louisville 35— Few years ago, Louisville coach Petrino pulled a scholarship from a RB named Matt Colburn right before Signing Day, leaving the kid without a place to play ball. Wake Forest wound up signing him; Saturday, Colburn ran for 202 yards and three TD’s……against Louisville.

    3) Arizona State 38, USC 35— Go-ahead TD was a 92-yard punt return for a TD by N’Keal Harry late in 3rd quarter where USC appeared to have lot of big guys covering the punt— lot of numbers in the 70’s chasing a very fast guy, which seldom ends well for the team that kicked.

    Trojans are 4-4; the natives are restless. coach Helton’s seat is very hot- they scored 35 points with their 3rd-string QB playing, but one TD was a punt return, another a trick play.

    2) Georgia 36, Florida 17— Dawgs outgained Florida 429-275, and the Gators had won five in a row coming in. All seven of Georgia’s wins are by 14+ points. Top of the SEC is a meat grinder.

    1) LA led 4-0 after six innings, but the Dodger bullpen imploded and now Boston leads the World Series 3-1, with Game 5 tonight.
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    Sunday, October 28

    Boston @ LA Dodgers

    Game 909-910
    October 28, 2018 @ 8:15 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    (Price) 19.044
    LA Dodgers
    (Kershaw) 18.001
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    by 1
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    LA Dodgers
    7 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    (+110); Over

    Long Sheet

    Sunday, October 28


    BOSTON (118 - 57) at LA DODGERS (100 - 78) - 8:15 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    BOSTON is 3-1 (+2.5 Units) against LA DODGERS this season
    2 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL this season . (Over=-0.1 Units, Under=-0.2 Units)

    CHRIS SALE vs. LA DODGERS since 1997
    SALE is 0-0 when starting against LA DODGERS with an ERA of 7.45 and a WHIP of 1.861.
    His team's record is 1-1 (+0.0 units) in these starts. The OVER is 2-0. (+2.0 units)

    CLAYTON KERSHAW vs. BOSTON since 1997
    KERSHAW is 0-1 when starting against BOSTON with an ERA of 11.25 and a WHIP of 2.500.
    His team's record is 0-1 (-1.0 units) in these starts. The UNDER is 0-1. (-1.2 units)


    Armadillo's Write-Up

    Sunday, October 28

    Red Sox @ Dodgers (Boston leads, 3-1)
    Sale is 1-0, 4.40 in four playoff games this year (3 starts); his last five starts went over. Team in his starts: 20-10, 11-5 road
    5-inning record: 18-5-7 Allowed run in 1st inning: 6-30

    Kershaw is 2-2, 4.30 in five playoff games this year (4 starts); over is 4-2 in his last six starts. Team in his starts: 18-12, 8-6 home
    5-inning record: 16-9-5 Allowed run in 1st inning: 5-30

    Boston won 11 of its last 14 games; over is 17-6-1 in their last 24 games. Red Sox are in playoffs for third year in row, but this is their first World Series since 2013- they won last three WS appearances.

    Dodgers won eight of their last ten home games, but are down 3-1 in Series and need win to send things back to Boston; under is 6-3-1 in their last ten games. LA is in playoffs for 6th year in row; they lost 7th game of World Series LY. Dodgers’ last WS title was in 1988.

    There is no DH in the games at Dodger Stadium.

    Weather Report

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    Sunday, October 28

    Trend Report

    Boston Red Sox
    Boston is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
    Boston is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
    The total has gone OVER in 13 of Boston's last 18 games
    Boston is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
    Boston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 8 of Boston's last 12 games on the road
    Boston is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing LA Dodgers
    Boston is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games when playing LA Dodgers
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games when playing on the road against LA Dodgers
    Los Angeles Dodgers
    LA Dodgers is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
    LA Dodgers is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
    LA Dodgers is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
    LA Dodgers is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LA Dodgers's last 7 games at home
    LA Dodgers is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Boston
    LA Dodgers is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games when playing Boston
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of LA Dodgers's last 6 games when playing at home against Boston
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    BOS at LAD 08:15 PM

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    October to forget: Kershaw, Dodgers lose World Series again
    October 29, 2018
    By The Associated Press

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Clayton Kershaw couldn't rescue the Dodgers from the brink of World Series elimination, and now the pitcher regarded as the best of his generation might be on his way out of Los Angeles.

    Down 3-1 to the Boston Red Sox, the Dodgers turned to their three-time NL Cy Young Award winner to deliver a victory and force the best-of-seven Series back to Boston.

    Instead, it was another postseason shellacking for Kershaw.

    The left-hander gave up three home runs, including a two-run shot by Steve Pearce in the first inning, and the Dodgers lost 5-1 on Sunday.

    They glumly watched the opposition celebrate a World Series championship on their field for the second straight year. Last October, it was Houston partying at Chavez Ravine.

    Manager Dave Roberts visibly exhaled. Rookie Walker Buehler stared at the Red Sox hugging near the mound.

    ''This one hurts for all of us,'' Roberts said.

    The Dodgers managed just one baserunner - via walk - after the third inning. They were held to three hits.

    Kershaw gave up four runs and seven hits in seven innings, struck out five and walked none. Kershaw has a 6.06 ERA in six career postseason starts with his team facing elimination, the worst among any starter with four such appearances - Pedro Martinez is next on the list at 5.92.

    After falling out of contention to start the season, the Dodgers beat Colorado in the NL tiebreaker for a record sixth straight division title and got by Milwaukee in seven games to earn their second consecutive NL pennant.

    But they couldn't get it done when it counted most. And now it's been 30 years since the storied franchise won the last of its six titles.

    Kershaw can opt out of the last two years and $65 million of his contract now that the World Series is over. Dodgers ownership has made it clear they'd like to keep their 30-year-old ace. He has never played anywhere else during his big-league career.

    Manny Machado could be gone, too, after a short stay in Los Angeles. He was hitless in four at-bats Sunday, with three strikeouts, including one to end the game.

    Acquired before the July trade deadline, Machado showed excellent defense at shortstop, but his lack of hustle and incendiary antics were even more notable. Injured Corey Seager will be back in the hole next year.

    Roberts hasn't received a contract extension, but he said afterward, ''I expect to be managing the Dodgers.''

    A year after leading the majors in victories, the Dodgers were on a whipsaw ride. They often fell behind and had to rally. Many times it worked. Other times not.

    ''I expect us to be back here next year,'' Roberts said.

    Maybe not everyone, though.
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    World Series sorrow returns for L.A. fans
    October 28, 2018
    By The Associated Press

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Latest on Los Angeles Dodgers fans reactions to the World Series (all times local):

    8:40 p.m.

    For the second straight year, Los Angeles Dodgers fans had to watch another team celebrate a World Series victory on their home field.

    The Dodgers lost the series to the Boston Red Sox in five games at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, just as they lost it to the Houston Astros at the stadium a year earlier.

    Dodgers fan Brian Beck, who sat in the stands for both celebrations, called it one of the worst experiences of his life.

    Another Dodgers fan, Glenda Morales, looked dejected walking away from her seat alongside her daughter as the Red Sox players mobbed each other in the infield after their 5-1 win.

    But she said she was still hopeful, insisting the Dodgers would soon break their three-decade drought and win a championship.


    6:15 p.m.

    Los Angeles Dodgers fans were holding onto a thin thread of hope as their team stood on the edge of elimination in the World Series.

    Sunday night's Game 5 is the season's last at Dodger Stadium regardless of the result, and a cautious optimism is in the air. Down three games to one to the Boston Red Sox, the Dodgers could lose their second-straight World Series and continue a 30-year title drought.

    Saturday night's rough loss still stung for some. Longtime Dodger fan Aaron Goldman said it was so painful he swore off baseball, but the vow only lasted one night and he was watching again Sunday.

    Scott White, another longtime fan, was more optimistic, saying he thinks the team still has what it takes to win the title.
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    Machado's first World Series one to forget
    October 28, 2018
    By The Associated Press

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles' hopes that Manny Machado would help deliver the Dodgers' first World Series title since 1988 ended up falling way short.

    Machado struggled against the Boston Red Sox in his first World Series, going 4 for 22. He was hitless in four at-bats against Boston in Game 5 on Sunday night, including falling down as he swung and missed on a Chris Sale slider to end the 5-1 Red Sox victory at Dodger Stadium. It was Machado's third strikeout of the night.

    The 26-year-old Machado - who was acquired from Baltimore on July 19 - can become a free agent this offseason and is expected to command a large contract. If he doesn't re-sign with the Dodgers, it ended up being a rental that didn't produce meaningful results.

    Machado's three home runs and 12 RBIs rank second among players in this year's postseason, but most of his production happened early.

    He was 8 for 28 (.286 batting average) with three home runs and nine RBIs in the four-game NL Division Series against Atlanta and the first three games of the NL Championship Series against Milwaukee. But his production tailed off the rest of the playoffs as he batted .189 (7 for 37) with three RBIs in the remaining nine games.

    Machado's most memorable hit of the Fall Classic ended up being for all the wrong reasons. During the sixth inning of Game 3, he had a little too much self-confidence when he apparently thought he hit a home run to left field. Instead, Machado admired what turned out to be a 368-foot single as it bounced off the wall. Had Machado run it out, it might have been a double.

    In Saturday night's Game 4, Machado stepped on Steve Pearce's heel as he was running through first base. Pearce said Sunday that he didn't consider the play malicious.

    Machado's baserunning was a frequent topic of conversation throughout the postseason. During the NLCS, he was criticized for not hustling during a groundout, kicking Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar near the ankle as he jogged out a groundout (which drew a fine) and a pair of hard slides into Orlando Arcia in Game 3 while the Milwaukee shortstop was attempting to turn double plays. The antics prompted Brewers star Christian Yelich to call Machado ''a dirty player.''
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