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Katherine Acquavella's take: The Red Sox have been the best team in Major League Baseball all season, and they haven't showed signs of slowing down during their playoff run. Boston has already defeated two teams that won at least 100 regular season games. I just don't see this Dodgers team, after having been in peril at multiple points during the season, overcoming the Sox's starting rotation or slowing down the Sox's offense. Pick: Red Sox in five.

R.J. Anderson's take: Boston was the best team during the regular season and has since dismissed the Yankees and Astros without too much effort. The Dodgers have a ton of talent and anything can happen in a four-to-seven game series, but the Red Sox just seem like the better team right now. Pick: Red Sox in five.

Mike Axisa's take: Boston is too relentless offensively and manager Alex Cora has done a nice job using his starters as setup men to mitigate their occasionally shaky middle relief. I believe the Dodgers are better than their 92-70 regular season record would lead you to believe. I also believe they're the worst team the Red Sox will face this postseason by a decent margin. I'd probably pick the Red Sox over a combined Dodgers-Brewers superteam. Pick: Red Sox in five.

Jonah Keri's take: I don't see this as nearly as big a mismatch as my colleagues do. Despite the huge gap in regular-season records, the Dodgers were an excellent club by multiple measures. They led the majors in park-adjusted offense, fared better by advanced defensive metrics than the Red Sox did, and saw their starting pitchers outpace Boston's in park-adjusted ERA, park-adjusted defense-independent pitching, and strikeout rate. Moreover, the Dodgers took great care in building out their 25-man roster, with the ability to throw a stable full of potent left- and right-handed hitters at opponents. I still like Boston's young Killer B's to prevail, because the Sox have just a bit more top-line talent. But it'll be a close, really fun series. Pick: Red Sox in seven.

Dayn Perry's take: Chris Sale getting all that extra rest makes a difference for me, and I also like the velocity boost that David Price showed in his last start. As well, I just don't see the Dodgers being able to keep the top half of the Boston order in check. I'm keeping it simple and going with the obviously superior team. As Mike noted, the Dodgers will be the worst team that the Red Sox have faced this postseason. Pick: Red Sox in five.

Matt Snyder's take: After watching them crush the Yankees and pretty much embarrass a 103-win defending champion, I'm convinced this is the team. I can see the Dodgers take one and maybe even two, but I'd be beyond shocked if this goes seven or the Dodgers win. Tack on a World Series title to 108 regular-season wins and the 2018 Red Sox would be viewed as a historically great team. Pick: Red Sox in five.
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The 2018 World Series will be a showdown between two of Major League Baseball's greatest titans.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are back in the Fall Classic after coming up short in the 2017 World Series. This time around, they're hoping to win their first championship since Kirk Gibson and company upset the Oakland Athletics in 1988.

Opposing the Dodgers is a Boston Red Sox team that knows a thing or two about winning. The franchise has claimed three titles since 2004, and this year's squad won a club-record 108 games. To boot, the Red Sox will have home-field advantage.

Before the series gets underway Tuesday at Fenway Park, what follows is a preview of what each team is bringing to the Fall Classic and predictions for how each game will play out.

Projected Lineups

Projected Dodgers Lineup
•LF Chris Taylor
•3B Justin Turner
•1B David Freese
•SS Manny Machado
•DH Matt Kemp
•RF Yasiel Puig
•CF Enrique Hernandez
•2B Brian Dozier
•C Austin Barnes

It's anyone's guess as to how Dodgers manager Dave Roberts will fill out his lineup on a given day. He has many players to use, and he likes using all of them.

For Games 1 and 2 at Fenway Park, Roberts will favor lineups loaded with right-handed hitters to combat left-handed Red Sox aces Chris Sale and David Price. Cody Bellinger, Max Muncy, Joc Pederson and Yasmani Grandal will get called on to pinch-hit, however, and starts will await them once the Red Sox turn to Nathan Eovaldi and Rick Porcello back in Los Angeles.

In any event, the Dodgers' offensive depth is not to be underestimated. It helped the team put up an .803 OPS and 5.2 runs per game in the second half of 2018. Despite frequent strikeouts, it's also gotten them past some tough pitching in October.



Projected Red Sox Lineup
•RF Mookie Betts
•LF Andrew Benintendi (L)
•DH J.D. Martinez
•SS Xander Bogaerts
•1B Steve Pearce
•3B Eduardo Nunez
•2B Ian Kinsler
•C Christian Vazquez
•CF Jackie Bradley Jr. (L)

With Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill and Hyun-Jin Ryu due to start for the Dodgers, Red Sox manager Alex Cora will have to favor righty-heavy lineups throughout the series. That means more starts for Steve Pearce and (if healthy) Eduardo Nunez and fewer for Brock Holt and Rafael Devers.

That's not the only complication the Red Sox face in this series.

They'll lose the designated hitter when the series shifts to Dodger Stadium. Cora has already committed to starting J.D. Martinez in every game despite that, but it means a key player will have to sit. It could be Jackie Bradley Jr., who's fresh off winning the American League Championship Series MVP.

Still, it's hard to see an offensive disadvantage for Boston in the World Series. The Red Sox used a balanced attack to score more runs than anyone in the regular season, and they just beat up the Houston Astros for 29 runs in five games.
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Projected Dodgers Rotation
•Clayton Kershaw (L)
•Rich Hill (L)
•Walker Buehler (R)
•Hyun-Jin Ryu (L)

According to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, Roberts' plan is to start Kershaw and Hill in Games 1 and 2 at Fenway Park. As of now, the order is to be determined.

It's a safe guess that Kershaw will draw the Game 1 assignment. The three-time Cy Young Award winner packs more upside than any Dodgers starter. And despite his relief appearance in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series, he'll be on regular rest since his last start.

It's unclear how Roberts will line up Ryu and Walker Buehler for Games 3 and 4. But if he goes with Buehler in Game 3, he'll have the young righty lined up to possibly start in a Game 7 on the road. Per Ryu's extreme home/road splits, better Buehler than the lefty for such an assignment.

Regardless, the Dodgers have every reason to feel confident in their starting four. They combined for a 2.82 ERA in the regular season. The Dodgers also have to like that three of the four are lefties. The Red Sox don't fare as well against lefty starters (.759 OPS) as they do against righty starters (.802 OPS).


Projected Red Sox Rotation
•Chris Sale (L)
•David Price (L)
•Nathan Eovaldi
•Rick Porcello

This is how the Red Sox lined up their rotation in the first two rounds of the playoffs. There's no reason for them to change it for the World Series.

What everyone wants to know is if Sale is 100 percent healthy or even anywhere close. He was limited by shoulder injuries in the second half of the regular season. More recently, a stomach ailment knocked him from a start in Game 5 of the ALCS.

If Sale is right, however, the Red Sox will have one of baseball's most electric pitchers to lead their World Series rotation. Nathan Eovaldi is plenty electric in his own right. Price and Rick Porcello are Cy Young Award winners, and the former is coming off a signature October moment.

Together, these four have a solid 3.59 ERA in the postseason.
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Dodgers: Matt Kemp's bat

Matt Kemp has barely played in the Dodgers' playoff run. He's started only two of 11 games and taken a total of 15 plate appearances.

This is partly owed to the veteran's lackluster defensive profile. That won't matter in Boston, where Roberts can slot Kemp into the DH role and hope for his bat to awaken.

That's not a fool's hope. Kemp rose from the ashes to make the National League All-Star team and finish with an .818 OPS and 21 home runs in the regular season. Traditionally, he's also been a nightmare for left-handed pitchers.

Provided that Kemp's bat doesn't have any rust on it, he could be a difference-maker in the World Series.


Red Sox: Chris Sale's health

Though the Red Sox are hoping for the best from Sale in the Fall Classic, neither they nor anybody else should have any idea what to expect.

Sale might have been the best pitcher in MLB through July 27, when he was sitting on a 2.04 ERA and 207 strikeouts through 22 starts.

But then came two stints on the disabled list, and he hasn't had the same stuff since returning from the second. Through August 12, Sale's fastball averaged 95 mph. Since Sept. 11, it's sat at 92.8 mph. That includes Game 1 of the ALCS, wherein he sat at 91.8 mph.

Sale's margin for error is smaller without his usual velocity. It's up to him to show he can find it again, or if he can simply overcome it.
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Game 1: Clayton Kershaw Bests Chris Sale in a Duel of LH Aces

The thought of a World Series duel between Kershaw and Sale ought to inspire images of two in-their-prime aces who attack hitters with deadly repertoires.

In reality, not so much.

Now that Kershaw's fastball isn't moving as fast, he's throwing it less often. If Sale isn't fully recovered from either his shoulder issues or his stomach ailment, he may prefer a similar tactic. If so, Game 1 would feature two junk-balling lefties who will try to get hitters to chase breaking and offspeed pitches.

A matchup like that favors the Dodgers. They're a hyper-disciplined team under normal circumstances, and their all-righty lineup will get an excellent look at Sale. The Red Sox won't have the latter luxury. They're also due a reality check about their curious weakness against left-handed breaking balls.

Expect four so-so innings out of Sale and six good innings out of Kershaw. From there, Kenley Jansen and the superior Dodgers bullpen will wrap it up.

Final Score: Dodgers 5, Red Sox 2 (LAD leads 1-0)
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Series Prediction: Boston in seven.

Given how strong both pitching staffs and lineups are, the margins will be slim.

Winning on the road will be key for both sides, and expect at least one road victory out of both franchises.

Game 7 at Fenway Park should be quite the spectacle, and the Red Sox will benefit from a pitching combination led by Sale to win their first championship since 2013.
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Our MLB experts weigh in on how they see the Fall Classic unfolding:

Bob Nightengale: This is the World Series the folks on Park Avenue and the TV studios wanted. It’s not New York vs. LA, but it’s the next best marquee matchup. The Red Sox clearly are the best team since they won the most games in MLB, and steamrolled through the American League playoffs. It may not be the NCAA champion vs. the NIT champ, but the disparity is huge between the two leagues, and it will be exhibited in the World Series. Red Sox in 6.

Ted Berg: It's never good business to bet against a 108-win team, especially after the way the Red Sox dismantled Astros in the ALCS. But the Dodgers were always a better club than their regular-season record suggested, and their platoon-heavy offense matches up better against Boston than it did against the Brewers. Alex Cora is not about to go to his bullpen after one batter, so Dave Roberts can stack his righties against Chris Sale and David Price without having to worry about a Josh Hader type coming in to flip the script for three innings. Clayton Kershaw looks primed for a huge series after a great start in NLCS Game 5, and the Dodgers simply seem due. Dodgers in 6.

Scott Boeck: Boston steamrolled through the 100-win New York Yankees and the 103-win Houston Astros en route to their first World Series appearance since 2014. It will continue behind a potent offense that includes AL MVP candidate Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez and Jackie Bradley Jr. leading the charge. Red Sox in 5.

Steve Gardner: After a grueling seven-game NLCS, can the Dodgers have anything left to battle the mighty 108-win Red Sox juggernaut? Boston has this season’s most potent offense and will have the luxury of playing up to four games at home, with the designated hitter. Entering the postseason, the one glaring weakness on the Red Sox roster was its bullpen leading up to closer Craig Kimbrel. However, the power trio of Matt Barnes, Ryan Brasier and Joe Kelly has combined for a 0.96 ERA (2 ER in 18 ⅔ IP) in the postseason The team that’s been the best all season doesn’t always prevail in the playoffs. The Red Sox will make sure that’s the case this year. Red Sox in 5.

Gabe Lacques: Forcing J.D. Martinez into the field neutralizes perhaps the Red Sox's biggest strength - outfield defense - for three games at Dodger Stadium. But the precision with which the Red Sox dismantled the Astros indicates their 108-win season - now at 115 and counting - was far from a mirage. They are baseball's best team. Red Sox in 6

Heather Tucker: It seems late in the game to switch my original World Series pick - the Red Sox. And there's no need. Look for Boston to reach 119 wins behind its deep lineup and a rejuvenated Craig Kimbrel - who has been playing with fire this postseason. The Red Sox say he was tipping his pitches, so the closer that shows up for the World Series should be OG Kimbrel, and that's bad news for the Dodgers. Red Sox in 6.

Jesse Yomtov: Boston has silenced the haters (of which there are many) so far in the postseason and are peaking at exactly the right time. The AL champs are batting .370 with runners in scoring position during the postseason, compared to the Dodgers' paltry .190 mark. That timely hitting is going to be the key in this series. Red Sox in 5.
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Too much pressure for Boston after winning a hundred eight games Dodgers finally have no pressure on them plus sale looks unhealthy
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The Fall Classic is here. The Dodgers and Red Sox square off in a battle of big-market behemoths (and a rematch of the 1916 World Series, of course). Will Boston secure its fourth championship in the last 14 years? Can Los Angeles end a title drought three decades old?

Our experts make their World Series picks below, including MVP and a bold prediction.

Tom Verducci: DODGERS IN 7

This should be a closely-contested series, especially the middle three games under the blessed National League rules. (Dodgers have plenty of firepower to slot into the DH spot in the dull AL-rules games in Boston). When in doubt in today's game, go with the team that hits the most home runs and has the better bullpen. Once again: runners in scoring position is overrated. The Dodgers hit .176 in the Division Series with RISP and .196 in the Championship Series and won the pennant. Why? They throw haymakers: the home run ball.

World Series MVP: Manny Machado

Bold Prediction: Brian Dozier plays a big role in this series. Boston will throw plenty of lefthanded pitcher, and Dozier is familiar with the Red Sox.


Ben Reiter: RED SOX IN 7

This is a matchup of formidably deep teams, run by managers who are unafraid to creatively deploy their resources, and I expect the series to go the distance. But the Dodgers simply haven’t contended with a lineup as overwhelming as Boston’s; the two didn’t meet during the regular season, and L.A. didn’t see the Yankees, either. After more than 30 hours of total play, I expect the Red Sox to emerge, with Nathan Eovaldi handing his old club a second straight World Series Game 7 defeat.

World Series MVP: Mookie Betts

Bold Prediction: Mookie Betts will appear at second base in at least two games. The likely MVP (both of the regular season and of this series) is easily the best defensive rightfielder in the league. But he was drafted as a middle infielder, and actually played six innings there against the Yankees on Aug. 3, cleanly handling both his chances. With no DH slot available in Games 3 through 5, J.D. Martinez will have to play right, and Alex Cora will want to keep the lefthanded bats of Jackie Bradley Jr. and Andrew Benintendi in the lineup at least against righty Walker Buehler. “There’s always a chance, I guess,” Cora said, of the possibility of Betts getting a start at second. In fact, I’d say it’s certain–and Betts will likely spend time in the infield late in at least one other game, as well.


Stephanie Apstein: Red Sox in 6

The Dodgers have been telling each other that they will be like the 2014–15 Royals, who lost the World Series in seven games and then came back and won it the next year. A better analogue might be the 1991–92 Braves, who ran into brick walls in the form of the Twins and the Blue Jays, respectively. These Red Sox are so, so good. If the Astros couldn’t take them down, it’s hard to imagine that a team that needed a Game 163 to win its division will. But take heart, Los Angeles: The ’95 Braves won it all.

World Series MVP: Mookie Betts

Bold Prediction: One game will take less than three hours. (From our lips to the baseball gods’ ears…)


Emma Baccellieri: RED SOX IN 6

Anything can happen in a single series, but Boston's every bit as good as its 108-win record suggests. The Red Sox have breezily dismissed each of their playoff opponents so far, and it's difficult to imagine a different outcome here. For all of L.A.'s strengths, Boston's just a bit stronger, across the board.

World Series MVP: J.D. Martinez

Bold Prediction: Yasiel Puig will put up the highest bat flip in World Series' recorded history, as measured by Statcast.


Jon Tayler: DODGERS IN 7

It’s not often you can find two teams separated by 16 wins in the regular season that are nonetheless equal, but that’s where we’ve ended up with the Red Sox and Dodgers. Each team is deep and balanced and powerful, with aces atop the rotation and super closers in the bullpen. Flip a coin, honestly; you could make a strong case for either. So let’s go with Dodgers in a thriller, avenging last year’s loss.

World Series MVP: Manny Machado

Bold Prediction: No starter completes six innings. It’s not necessarily out-of-the-box thinking there, given that this postseason has seen starters do less than ever before. But given the quality of starters involved in this Fall Classic—Clayton Kershaw, Chris Sale, David Price, rookie Walker Buehler—it’ll come as a mild surprise that no one in that bunch sees the seventh inning.


Jack Dickey: RED SOX IN 7

I picked the Red Sox and Mookie Betts in my initial postseason predictions, and I see no reason to abandon them now, even with Betts struggling. Boston, which has a little more pitching depth, is the better team, but not by all that much. Yes, the Red Sox made quick work of the Astros, a team most observers (and the 2017 World Series) would rate as superior to L.A. But the Dodgers quietly had a regular-season adjusted team OPS+ of 109, which was tied with Houston and Oakland for second to the Sox, who were at 112. Both teams will get on base, and both teams will hit with power. But I’d take Chris Sale over Clayton Kershaw and David Price over Hyun-Jin Ryu. (For completion’s sake, Rick Porcello versus Walker Buehler is more of a wash, as is Rich Hill versus Nathan Eovaldi.) That edge, plus the extra home game, should be enough for Boston.

World Series MVP: Mookie Betts

Bold Prediction: In the late innings of a lopsided Game 2, Joe Kelly will bean Manny Machado, and Machado will charge the mound. The Boston crowd, having been let down by Kelly in countless tight games, will not know for whom to root.


Gabriel Baumgaertner: Dodgers in 7

The Dodgers haven't seen an offense quite like Boston's, but they're fresh off limiting the likely MVP in Christian Yelich and one of the NL's most dangerous groups in Milwaukee. Over 41 2/3 innings this postseason, the Dodgers bullpen has a 1.30 ERA with a K/9 rate of just over 11. Pedro Baez has a 13.5 K/9, 0.60 WHIP and hasn't allowed a run over six postseason appearances; Kenley Jansen, somehow, has the exact same numbers as Baez except with three saves; Dylan Floro, maybe the last guy Dave Roberts will use out of the bullpen, hasn't surrendered a run over six appearances.

The Dodgers have lost four games in this postseason; in three of them, the game-tying run was either on-base or at the plate in the ninth inning. Opponents can outhit or outpitch them in the early innings, but somehow, the Dodgers will be there at the end. That's going to wear an effective but untested Boston bullpen out.

World Series MVP: Justin Turner

Bold Prediction: Nathan Eovaldi will have the best start for the Red Sox in the series.


Connor Grossman: DODGERS IN 6

The Brewers and A's did not fulfill their destinies to reach the Fall Classic as I initially predicted, but Red Sox-Dodgers isn't too bad of a consolation prize. Plenty of enticing stories live on the National League end of this matchup, from Clayton Kershaw's potential swan song in L.A. to Dave Roberts's approaching lame-duck status to a title drought that turned 30 years old on the day the Dodgers beat the Brewers to win the pennant. The wait is about to be over. Like Jon Tayler said above, the pick here is more of a coin flip than anything else. The Dodgers come out of this series face up thanks to limitless bench depth, a track record of slugging the heck out of the ball this season and a talented lefthander named Clayton Kershaw.

World Series MVP: Clayton Kershaw

Bold Prediction: The Dodgers ace will finally enjoy the moment he's waited his whole career for—and he'll be the one creating it. Clayton Kershaw will throw the last pitch of the 2018 World Series at Fenway Park on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at Fenway Park. He's likely to start Games 1 and 5, and with a travel day between Games 5 and 6, Roberts will feel OK deploying Kenley Jansen early in Game 6 knowing one of the best pitchers of this generation is waiting behind him. Kershaw has said he's tired of hearing about 1988. Soon he'll be hearing a lot about October 2018.
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Too much pressure for Boston after winning a hundred eight games Dodgers finally have no pressure on them plus sale looks unhealthy
You may be right but pressure usually gets to teams with win totals early on like Seattle. They have played loose this whole postseason and easily disposed of the 2nd & 3rd best teams/records in baseball in rounds 1 & 2
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And I disagree. Pressure is on LA. They are the ones who failed last year and have failed year after year since what? 1988??

Boston won 5 years ago and in 2007 & 2004
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And I disagree. Pressure is on LA. They are the ones who failed last year and have failed year after year since what? 1988??

Boston won 5 years ago and in 2007 & 2004
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PLEASE!!!

If the Yankees are not included in this thought, that means you do not know many Yankee fans! lol
True lol
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don't take it personal Wayne I'm being objective you are not
Well, that's your opinion. I was pretty objective when I picked Houston to beat the Red Sox.
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Old 10-22-2018, 11:07 AM
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How could the pressure be on the underdog team? Versus a team that won a hundred and eight games who has a Sports Illustrated bat commercial on every 6 commercials?

The Dodgers were the favorite last year. The Dodgers are the underdog this year.

Am I missing something Wayne?
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don't take it personal Wayne I'm being objective you are not
I have talked to pimp recently about this when the postseason started. The Dodgers have a ton of pressure on them. They have been trying to buy the right players to win a WS for years now. They got new ownership and Magic Johnson and they have been making huge moves for years now trying to get it done again. Many have also picked them to win it all many times in the last 5-7 years and they keep coming up short year after year. I truly believe after losing last year that the pressure is on them to get it done this season.

Many, many people (even up here) had Boston losing to the Yankees and most had them losing to Houston. This is all gravy at this point. Everyone here said the season was a major failure if they didn't beat the NYY and at least take Houston to 6 or 7, win or lose.

I'm telling you one thing I know, they heard it all and the pressure was heavy on Boston early on. Not so much anymore IMO.
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"With Dustin Pedroia out for the season with a right knee injury, Xander Bogaerts and Brandon Workman are the only players on the roster who were on Boston's 2013 World Series championship squad." Mlb.com

Are you still sure about the pressure thing? Your almost entire team hasn't been there before.
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