The 2018 World Series will be a matchup of league heavyweights between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox.
The Red Sox are coming off of a franchise record 108 regular season wins and have not slowed down during the playoffs. They took both the ALDS and ALCS in five games against the Yankees and Astros who were both 100-win teams this season. They will be looking to win their fourth World Series since 2004.
The Dodgers are back in the World Series after losing to the Astros last year in seven Games. They are looking to end their 30-year title drought.
Game 1: Tuesday, Oct. 23 @ 8:09 p.m. ET (LAD at BOS)
Game 2: Wednesday, Oct. 24 @ 8:09 p.m. ET (LAD at BOS)
Game 3: Friday, Oct. 26 @ 8:09 p.m. ET (BOS at LAD)
Game 4: Saturday, Oct. 27 @ 8:09 p.m. ET (BOS at LAD)
Game 5*: Sunday, Oct. 28 @ 8:15 p.m. ET (BOS at LAD)
Game 6*: Tuesday, Oct. 30 @ 8:09 p.m. ET (LAD at BOS)
Game 7*: Wednesday, Oct. 31 @ 8:09 p.m. ET (LAD at BOS)
The first game will most likely be a matchup between arguably baseball’s two best pitchers in Clayton Kershaw and Chris Sale. Sale struggled in Game 1 against the Astros and missed a start in the ALCS due to a stomach infection that he joked about being caused by a belly button ring. Kershaw struggled in Game 1 against the Brewers but was great in his Game 5 start going 7 IP, allowing just 3 hits, 1 run, and striking out 9.
Game 2 will likely be a matchup between David Price and Rich Hill. Price recorded his first ever postseason win in his World Series clinching start. He was dominant, something we haven’t seen in the playoffs from Price. Hill made it only 1 inning in his last start and will look to bounce back for Game 2.
For Games 3 and 4, things are not as clear. While we know the Red Sox will send out Rick Porcello and Nathan Eovaldi and the Dodgers will go with Walker Buehler and Hyun-Jin Ryu, any one of these guys could start Game 3 for their respective clubs.
Something to keep an eye on is how the Red Sox will go about their lineup when they travel to Los Angeles. Red Sox manager Alex Cora has a difficult decision to make with the outfield because J.D. Martinez is so deadly at the plate but is not a good fielder. The odd man out will likely be Andrew Benintendi or Jackie Bradley Jr. is Cora opts for offense over defense.
Dodgers’ manger Dave Roberts has many offensive weapons that he likes using and will probably go with a righty heavy lineup against the two Red Sox lefties. Matt Kemp will likely be the DH when the Dodgers are in Boston.
There is no love lost between Manny Machado and the Red Sox. In 2017 Machado’s second base slide clipped the knee of Red Sox veteran Dustin Pedroia, who’s knee still has not fully recovered. Matt Barnes threw at Machado’s head in response to the slide. The next series the Red Sox threw at him again and then Machado preceded to homer at Fenway and he took his sweet time rounding the bases. Machado was thrown at again by Chris Sale, this one going behind his legs which caused a tirade in the postgame interview full of expletives.
We’re in for an exciting fall classic.