The Boston Red Sox have a 2-0 World Series lead. In other words, they did their job at home at Fenway Park. And while the Dodgers get to play up to three straight, there are no guarantees that a Game 5 will happen. But the Red Sox might be without one of their biggest bats when the series resumes Friday in LA. J.D. Martinez has an ankle injury, and manager Alex Cora doesn’t know if he’ll be able to suit up for Game 3.
“We’ll see,” Cora told reporters (via ESPN) on Thursday
So, what’s the difference between Game 2 and 3? Well, the fact that Martinez won’t be able to DH in Los Angeles. We’re in a National League ballpark now, baseball fans. And that means pitchers have to hit. Which means Martinez has to play in the outfield. Other than that, Cora says Mookie Betts will not start Game 3 at second base.
Still, he’s not ruling out J.D. for Game 3 entirely. The team will continue to monitor him until Friday night.
During the regular season, Martinez .330/.402/.629 with 37 doubles, 43 home runs and a league-leading 130 RBI. That production has carried over to the postseason as well. In 11 appearances, he’s hitting .333/.429/.538 with two doubles and two home runs. In Wednesday’s Game 2, he provided the game-winning, two-run single in the fifth inning to give Boston a 4-2 lead. As we know, that lead would hold up and the Red Sox are up two games in the series.
In other words, they’ll be hoping Martinez can go on Friday. Something tells us he’s not going to let an ankle injury keep him out of the World Series. Even if the team doesn’t leave that decision up to him.