Boston Red Sox

Jul 24, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Boston Red Sox pitcher Drew Pomeranz (31) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

The Los Angeles Dodgers boast a lot of left-handed power. And so the Red Sox are turning to southpaw Drew Pomeranz to combat it.

Boston announced its 2018 World Series roster on Monday, with Pomeranz being the only surprise addition. He replaces righty Brandon Workman to give the Red Sox another left-handed option out of the bullpen.

Ostensibly, the main reason the Red Sox are adding Pomeranz – and the reason that Chris Sale and David Price could have success in this series – is the Dodgers’ futility against left-handed pitching. They’re batting .207 as a team in the postseason against southpaws, after hitting .240 in the regular season (20th in the majors).

The Dodgers are 3-3 in games started by lefties in the postseason. Granted, those starters have totaled only 15.2 innings (about 2.2 innings on average), and one of those wins came in the game “started” by Wade Miley, whom Brewers manager Craig Counsell pulled after one batter in order to create mismatches in the Dodgers lineup.

L.A. has several regulars in the lineup who have struggled against lefties this season, regardless of which side of the plate they bat from. Lefties Cody Bellinger (.226 average), Max Muncy (.255), and Joc Pederson (.170) would rather face a righty. The same goes for right-handed batters like Chris Taylor (.232) and Yasiel Puig (.209).

Other righties like Manny Machado, Justin Turner, Matt Kemp, and David Freese have had success against lefties. But as a team, the Dodgers have struggled all season. It’s something to monitor as the series unfolds.

Pomeranz is on the roster due to favorable matchups on paper. But the real question is whether he will be ready to come into a pressure situation out of the bullpen and execute properly. That’s something that no stats or analytics could every quantify. But clearly, the Red Sox are going more lefty-heavy against a team that can’t hit lefties. Makes sense.

Here’s the full roster:

Pitchers (11): Chris Sale, David Price, Rick Porcello, Nathan Eovaldi, Joe Kelly, Eduardo Rodriguez, Drew Pomeranz, Heath Hembree, Ryan Brasier, Matt Barnes, Craig Kimbrel

Catchers (3): Sandy Leon, Blake Swihart, Christian Vazquez

Infielders (7): Mitch Moreland, Steve Pearce, Brock Holt, Ian Kinsler, Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers, Eduardo Nunez

Outfielders (4): Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley Jr., Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez

Game 1 of the World Series is scheduled to start at 8:09 p.m. on Fox.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at matthew.dolloff@bbgi.com.