Porcello to Start Game 3, No Starter Announced for Game 4

By Matt McCarthy, 985TheSportsHub.com

Rick Porcello will make the Game 3 start for the Red Sox as the series moves to Los Angeles.

Who starts Game 4 remains to be seen.

Alex Cora confirmed after Wednesday's night's 4-2 win in Game 2 that Porcello will get the ball as the Sox look to take a commanding 3-0 series lead on Friday night.

Nathan Eovaldi, who has pitched two scoreless innings of work out of the Red Sox bullpen in the first two games of the series, remains a candidate to start Game 4, but Cora acknowledged that he could look to use Eovaldi in relief in Game 3 if the Red Sox have a chance at the win.

That would seem to position left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez to start a game in Los Angeles, something the Red Sox might not be opposed to given Dodgers manager Dave Roberts' tendency to remove three of his best hitters, Max Muncy, Joc Pederson, and Cody Bellinger, if a lefty is on the mound.

The Red Sox are also carrying Drew Pomeranz on the postseason roster, who went 2-6 with a 6.08 ERA in 2018.

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