Red Sox take a 2-0 lead

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But the Red Sox might be without one of their biggest bats when the series resumes Friday in LA.

"It's probably pretty similar", Buehler said Thursday, in comparing the intensity and pressure of his last assignment to his next one. Despite his contributions to the Red Sox 2004 championship, the Boston-based former pitcher was not in attendance prior to Game 2.

"But we train for this, this is why we play".

Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts celebrates after Game 2 of the World Series baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in Boston. "But these are the guys that got us here, and we're going to ride them out".

Maybe it won't matter with the way these Red Sox are hitting overall and in clutch situations in particular.

Something must change, though.

Pederson is 3 for 17 during the postseason when at the top of the lineup.

With a righty pitching for the Red Sox, the Dodgers have inserted their lefty hitters back into the starting lineup.

With the Red Sox up 2-0 and three games to play in L.A., the chance to clinch a World Series title at Dodger Stadium looms large which means Sox fans who want to see it in person need to pay up. He opened two games a year ago against the Astros, allowing two earned runs in 8 2/3 innings without getting a decision. Brian Dozier led off the first two games against left-handers Chris Sale and David Price, and he was followed by eight more right-handed hitters both nights. "I can wake up tomorrow and peek at the 3 (World Series) Trophies, or put on the 3 (World Series) Rings and know what was and is".

If that echo doesn't stick, then this Series and this season will end with a thud.