2018 World Series: Preview and Prediction

October 23, 2018

                                                                                                                                                                           Source: MLB.com

 

Now it's for all the marbles. Champions of both leagues have been crowned, and now it is time for two teams to play for a trophy that only one can win. This will pit a matchup of two big market storied franchises in the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers. Both teams can hit, pitch, field, run and throw so this will showcase a pair of teams that have the complete package. The 2018 World Series is here so without further ado let us have a look at this year's matchup:

 

AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Boston Red Sox

 

Regular Season: 108-54

 

AL Division Series: 3-1 over New York Yankees

 

AL Championship Series: 4-1 over Houston Astros

 

 

For the 3rd year in a row the Red Sox won the American League East, and after 2 early exits, they have finally got out of the ALDS and here they are playing for a World Series championship. Will 3rd time be the charm? 1st-year manager Alex Cora has pushed all the right buttons at the right times, moving parts in and out of the lineup with great success. The highest scoring team in all of baseball during the regular season, they can score runs in bunches and can do it in many different ways: power, speed, gap hits, clutch hits, you name it and these guys can get it done. They will be very tough for the Dodgers to contain, especially if their starting pitching goes deep into games. They were in the big show 5 years ago when they won it all in, and although there are only a few players left over from that team, this group of Red Sox is hungry to prove they deserve to be called champs.

 

 

NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Los Angeles Dodgers

 

Regular Season: 92-71

 

NL Division Series: 3-1 over Atlanta Braves

 

NL Championship Series: 4-3 over Milwaukee Brewers

 

This is a team that has won 6 straight National League West Division titles, and are now in the World Series for the 2nd year in a row, being the first National League team in a decade to do so. After losing in Game 7 of the World Series at home in Dodger Stadium in heartbreaking fashion a year ago, this squad is looking to avenge that and win it all for the first time in 30 years since Kirk Gibson's historic home run off of Dennis Eckersley in 1988. They scored the most runs in the National League and were 5th in MLB in the regular season, and allowed the least amount of runs in all of baseball. Early on in the season, it didn't look like they would get back here after a slow start, but their veteran savvy took over. With tons of playoff experience learning how to win a year ago (which showed up in their Game 7 win over the Brewers in the NLCS.), Manager Dave Roberts ironically is going up against the team he helped break an 86-year curse in 2004 with his famous "Stolen Base Heard Around The World". Make no mistake about it, since Spring Training this team was expected to get back here and win it all to begin with.

 

 

PREDICTION: DODGERS IN 6

 

AND CLAYTON KERSHAW (FINALLY) WINS WORLD SERIES MVP

 

 

 

2018 POSTSEASON RECORD: 4-2 (1/4 WINS IN EXACT GAMES)

 


 

 

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