The Red Sox have gone through two rounds of the 2018 postseason with Eduardo Rodriguez as the only left-hander in the bullpen. The results -- an ALDS brain cramp against the Yankees and walking the only batter he faced in Game 4 of the ALCS after the Sox had taken a 6-5 lead over the Astros (not to mention mopping up the final inning of two blowout victories) -- have been mixed.
So Alex Cora is taking another tack. Here's the Sox roster for the World Series:
CATCHERS (3): Sandy Leon, Blake Swihart, Christian Vázquez
INFIELDERS (7): Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers, Brock Holt, Ian Kinsler, Mitch Moreland, Eduardo Núñez, Steve Pearce
OUTFIELDERS (4): Andrew Benintendi, Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., J.D. Martinez
Yes, that's Drew Pomeranz -- last seen in a game on Sept. 30 -- in the Sox bullpen, as a replacement for right-hander Brandon Workman.
This may be in an effort to combat the versatility of the Dodgers roster. Left-handed batting outfielders Cody Bellinger and Joc Peterson each hit 25 home runs, while lefty first baseman Max Muncy hit 35. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts also has right handed outfielders Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, and Chris Taylor, as well as righty first baseman David Freese.
Pomeranz and Rodriguez, the two Boston lefties in the bullpen, will likely matchup against the power-hitting Dodger lefties.
Boston will host Game 1 of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers tonight at Fenway Park. First pitch is at 8:09 p.m.