Previewing 2018 World Series

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This is it. This is the postseason series every baseball fan craves as this is the biggest stage in Major League Baseball. However, this one in particular is going to be an incredibly anticipated Fall Classic as two historic franchises will square off for the ultimate championship. The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox have a plethora of talent and they look to make this an exciting series. With that being said, let’s take a look at both these squads.

Boston Red Sox

The Red Sox are coming into the World Series looking to win their fourth championship since the new century began which would make them the team with the most since we entered the 21st century. What is remarkable is that Boston had to beat two squads that won 100 or more games in the Division Series (Yankees) and Championship Series (Astros) to get to this point. However, not only did they beat them, the Red Sox defeated them convincingly as seemingly able to take advantage of every break that went their way. The Boston offense is explosive with the likes of bats such as J.D. Martinez, Mookie Betts, Rafael Devers, and Xander Bogaerts. The rotation has been outstanding with Chris Sale leading the way and having Nathan Eovaldi pitching superb and David Price finally able to exorcise his playoff demons with a outstanding performance in the Pennant clinching victory versus Houston. The concern is the bullpen as Craig Kimbrel, who is arguably the best closer in the game, struggled mightily thus far in the postseason. He will need to be at his best if the Red Sox want to close out games or otherwise they will have to turn to someone else. Boston seemingly looks like the more complete side as they have a lot of thump in their lineup, they can steal lots of bases, defend the ball well, and have solid pitching. If the Red Sox want to win the World Series, some of the issues that plagued them in the postseason thus far will need to be corrected. However, the team doesn’t have many flaws and there is a reason why they were the best team in baseball in 2018.

Los Angeles Dodgers

For the second consecutive season, the Dodgers won the National League pennant as they grinded out a series victory in seven grueling games against a very good Milwaukee Brewers side. While their record doesn’t suggest they match well with the Red Sox, they have been playing the best baseball out of any team in the league after a rough 16-26 start. Los Angeles could use that to their advantage to win the series. Their offense is awesome has they have the likes of Cody Bellinger, Manny Machado, Yasiel Puig, and Justin Turner leading the way. Their rotation will have the edge over Boston as the Dodgers possess some great talent like Clayton Kershaw, the best pitcher in baseball, Hyun-Jin Ryu, and Walker Buehler who is an up and coming stud pitcher. Plus they have a closer whom some others think is the best in game in Kenley Jansen. Los Angeles oozes a lot of talent, but the fanbase is hungry for a championship, something they have not won since 1988. The Dodgers will expect nothing less than a World Series championship.

Predictions

James Rowe: Red Sox. While I think it will go seven games, Boston has been the best team in baseball all year for a reason and they are proving that with a very impressive postseason. The rotation is coming around and starting to pitch better as that would be very important if they want to win the World Series. This should be a fun one to watch.

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