The Boston Red Sox overcame a 4-0 deficit with nine runs in the final three innings to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 9-6, in Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday evening.
Boston is now up three games to one and has a chance to clinch its fourth championship in 15 seasons with a victory on Sunday night. Game time is Sunday at 8:15 p.m. ET, with Fox televising the game live from Los Angeles.
L.A. is a slight -125 favorite (bet $125 to win $100) to send the series back to Fenway Park, per OddsShark, and the over/under total is seven runs. Two left-handed aces will go against each other, as Clayton Kershaw gets the call for Los Angeles, while David Price does the same for Boston.
Chris Sale was in line to make his second start of the series after starting Game 1, but manager Alex Cora opted to go with Price on three days' rest from his last start.
In Game 1, Kershaw threw four full frames but allowed five earned runs in an eventual 8-4 loss. Price, on the other hand, went six innings and allowed only two earned runs in the Sox's Game 2 win, as well as coming on in relief for two-thirds of an inning in the Sox's Game 3 loss.
Though Kershaw, in particular, didn't show it his last time out, these two are both capable of trading zeroes in a classic pitcher's duel.
Here's a look at the most current World Series MVP props (via Oddschecker) alongside some commentary.
World Series MVP Odds
Boston Red Sox DH J.D. Martinez: 12-5
Boston Red Sox OF Mookie Betts: 3-1
Boston Red Sox OF Andrew Benintendi: 7-2
Boston Red Sox SS Xander Bogaerts: 10-1
Boston Red Sox 1B Steve Pearce: 13-1
Boston Red Sox SP/RP Nathan Eovaldi: 17-1
Boston Red Sox OF Jackie Bradley Jr.: 17-1
Boston Red Sox 3B Rafael Devers: 17-1
Boston Red Sox SP David Price: 20-1
Boston Red Sox SP Chris Sale: 20-1
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig: 20-1
Los Angeles Dodgers SS Manny Machado: 25-1
Los Angeles Dodgers 3B Justin Turner: 25-1
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Cody Bellinger: 30-1
Los Angeles Dodgers IF Max Muncy: 30-1
World Series MVP Notes
Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez leads the way at 12-5. The slugger delivered run-scoring hits in his first two series at-bats, but he's had just one hit in his 12 at-bats since.
That lonesome hit was a big one, though, as a two-run single in the fifth inning of Game 2 turned a 2-2 game into a 4-2 lead for the Sox. That score didn't change as Boston took a 2-0 series lead.
The issue with picking an MVP for the Red Sox is that the team has had different heroes in each of their three wins.
Left fielder Andrew Benintendi was the star in Game 1 with four hits and three runs.
Martinez, outfielder Mookie Betts (three hits and the game-winning run) and starting pitcher David Price (six innings, two earned runs, a win) tag-teamed Boston's Game 2 effort.
And the clear Game 4 hero was first baseman Steve Pearce, who hit the game-tying home run in the eighth inning before a bases-clearing double turned a nail-biting 5-4 advantage into a (somewhat) comfortable 8-4 lead.
If one of those aforementioned hitters posts another strong outing en route to a Sox win, then expect that person to win the World Series MVP. In other words, if Martinez smacks a 450-foot dinger off Kershaw Sunday, he'll likely be lifting the trophy.
The sneaky bet here might be Price, however.
If he posts another excellent start and wins his second game of the series, then how can you not give the MVP to him? The only way is if someone has a Reggie Jackson-esque game and delivers a few home runs and a bunch of runs batted in.
On the Dodgers' side, infielder Max Muncy at 30-1 is an intriguing bet if you think L.A. can come back, if only for his game-ending home run in the Dodgers' 18-inning marathon victory over the Red Sox on Friday night. Muncy has a head start on his teammates in that regard, as he helped keep the Dodgers' hopes alive.
Those hopes are bleak right now, however, as L.A. needs to win three straight (including two in Boston) to take the World Series. Such a comeback wouldn't be unprecedented, however, as the Chicago Cubs came back from down 3-1 against the Cleveland Indians with a home victory before two road wins in the 2016 World Series.