Red Sox have jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2018 World Series Randal Grichuk Jersey , J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts have emerged as the favorites to take home the Fall Classic's MVP honors.Martinez and Betts lead the field, with Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi following closely behind, per OddsShark:OddsShark OddsSharkUpdated odds to win #WorldSeries MVP (5Dimes):Martinez +250Betts +300Benintendi +400Bogaerts +1000Price +1500Bradley Jr. +2000Devers/Machado +2500Kimbrel +3000Puig +3500Turner +4000Kemp/Muncy +5000Porcello/Bellinger +5000Sale/Vazquez +5000Kershaw +10000No real surprises there.Betts has helped set the table for Martinez and Co. The Boston leadoff hitter is 4-for-8 with a walk, a double, a stolen base and three runs scored.Hitting at the top of the lineup means his focus is on getting on base rather than power numbersnd he has proven very valuable in that regard thus far.Martinez has been showing he is worth every penny of the five-year, $110 million contract he signed last offseason by following up a spectacular regular season with a strong start to the World Series. Through the first two games, the slugger is 3-for-7 with one walk, four RBI and a double.His series has been highlighted by a clutch go-ahead hit in Game 2:It's important to note that Martinez is currently dealing with an ankle injury he suffered in Game 1. PerESPN, Boston skipper Alex Cora would not commit to Martinez being in the lineup on Friday. Then again, losing the designated hitter could also affect the World Series MVP chase. Betts may shift to the infield and play second base to clear room in the outfield for Martinez if the slugger is healthy.Both Martinez (.330 average, 43 home runs and 130 RBI) and Betts (.346 average, .438 on-base percentage, 32 home runs and 80 RBI) are in the mix for the American League MVP award this season as well.Benintendi has gone 4-for-8 with one walk, one double and one RBI (and an impressive catch) through the first two games, and 2018 ALCS MVP Jackie Bradley Jr. has been unable to carry over his momentum from the previous series Jose Bautista Jersey , going just 1-for-7 against Los Angeles so far.David Price (+1500) comes in at fifth after throwing six innings of three-hit, shutout baseball in a 4-2 victory in Game 2. Entering the 2018 postseason, he faced long odds to be considered for the award, given his teams lost each of his first 10 career postseason starts. However, he is 2-0 in his last three starts this postseason, with Boston winning all three games.There are six Red Sox players on the list before the first Dodger shows up, with Manny Machado coming in at +2500. The midseason acquisition is just 2-for-7 in the series, but he leads Los Angeles with three RBI.Los Angeles first baseman David Freese was named the 2011 World Series MVP after playing the role of hero for the St. Louis Cardinals. He has once again shown up on baseball's biggest stage, leading his team with a .600 average (3-for-5).Of course, a series never truly gets underway until the road team wins a game. Boston successfully protected home-field advantage at Fenway Park, and now, the series shifts to Dodger Stadium. That means the pursuit of the World Series and of the MVP award will be taken up a notch. CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs announced Friday that shortstop Addison Russell had been placed on administrative leave after he was accused of domestic violence by his ex-wife.Then Jose Quintana struggled against his former team.The Cubs dropped their second straight game when Quintana was tagged for a three-run homer by Kevan Smith, sending the crosstown White Sox to a 10-4 victory.Russell was placed on leave by Major League Baseball after a blog post attributed to Melisa Reidy contained detailed allegations of years of physical and emotional abuse. The 24-year-old Russell can challenge the leave before an arbitrator, and the leave can be extended for additional seven-day periods if the players’ union agrees. He continues to be paid his $3.2 million salary.“It’s unfortunate, but we’ve got to wait until the hearing and the investigation’s done http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authentic-curtis-granderson-jersey ,” teammate Kyle Schwarber said. “We don’t have, I guess, all the facts, so we have to wait until that wraps up.“It’s something that’s not ideal, but we’re going to have to move forward from this and be able to focus on baseball.”Last year, Reidy posted a photo on her Instagram account with a caption suggesting her husband of about 18 months had been unfaithful to her. In another post, a user — described by Melisa as a close friend — made the accusation that Russell had “hit” his wife. The post was later deleted. Russell denied the allegation and the two divorced.“These allegations are completely false,” Russell said in a statement put out by the union. “I made that clear to Major League Baseball last year and reiterated it to the Cubs today. I’m confident any full and fair investigation will fully exonerate me.”The Cubs’ lead in the NL Central was trimmed to 1 1/2-games over Milwaukee, which rallied for an 8-3 victory at Pittsburgh.The White Sox finished with 19 hits. Daniel Palka also homered, and Ryan LaMarre went 3 for 3 with three RBIs.White Sox right-hander Reynaldo Lopez (7-9) struck out eight while pitching seven innings of one-run ball. He improved to 3-0 with a sparkling 0.79 ERA in his last five outings.“I did what I usually do — execute my pitches keep hitters off balance and try to attack the strike zone,” Lopez said through a translator. “It was a very good outing today.”Quintana (13-11) was charged with five runs and nine hits in five-plus innings. The left-hander had been pitching well, going 3-1 with a 2.10 ERA over his previous six starts.“I pushed the margin trying to put on a better show for the fans today,” said Quintana, who made his first start at Guaranteed Rate Field since the White Sox traded him to the Cubs in July 2017. “But every time we go to the mound, we try to do our best.“For now Marcus Stroman Jersey , we’re still in first place and tomorrow is a new day.”Daniel Murphy led off the game with his 12th homer, but the White Sox went ahead to stay with three in the second. Matt Davidson and Welington Castillo singled before Smith hit a drive to center for his second of the year.White Sox manager Rick Renteria sent Palka up to hit for Smith in the sixth, and he responded with a two-run shot for a 6-1 lead.Castillo and Yoan Moncada also had three hits, helping the White Sox even their crosstown series with the Cubs at two games apiece.Murphy had three hits and David Bote had two RBIs for the Cubs.“Their pitcher was good,” manager Joe Maddon said. “Give him some credit too. He’s got good stuff.“I think a big part of why we didn’t look so good was him.”RUSSELL’S FUTURECubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein didn’t want to speculate on Russell’s future with the team.Russell is batting .158 with one RBI in 18 games in September. Maddon said Russell was playing well defensively, but wouldn’t speculate whether off-field issues were affecting him at the plate.TRAINER’S ROOMCubs: Schwarber (lower back) returned to the lineup as the DH and went 0 for 4. He said he felt good, although his timing was off.White Sox: INF Jose Abreu (right thigh infection) missed his fourth straight game. He was scheduled to be re-evaluated by doctors later on Friday. Abreu was treated for the condition, caused by an ingrown hair, at a Cleveland hospital on Tuesday. “I’m still a little sore, but I am feeling a little better,” he said through a translator.UP NEXTCubs LHP Jon Lester (16-6, 3.43 ERA) takes the mound against White Sox RHP Lucas Giolito (10-11, 5.77 ERA) on Saturday. Lester is 3-1 with a 2.08 ERA in his last five starts.