2018 World Series Preview

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There’s something to be said about two major cities duking it out for a title.

For the first time since 1916, the Red Sox and Dodgers do battle in this years Fall Classic, adding further fuel to the Boston and Los Angeles rivalry that has grown so strongly.

This time, the World Series is up for grabs, and in case you haven’t been paying attention, it’s probably going to go the distance. Both of these clubs feature fierce pitchers, MVP caliber hitters, and most importantly, a fan base that can be summed up in one word: proud.

So who’s hoisting their next World Series banner?

Be sure to check in on our 2018 World Series Preview ahead of each and every game below!

Los Angeles Dodgers Vs Boston Red Sox

Game 3: Saturday 27 October, 10.10am, Dodger Stadium

Boston Leads 2-0

Just when the Dodgers thought they had Boston cornered, they go and blow a one-run lead in the fifth inning.

On what was another cold night at Fenway, the Dodgers broke through in the fourth to take a 2-1 lead, but the celebration was cut short as the Red Sox rallied in the fifth to sting Hyun-Jin Ryu for four earned runs.

In the end, it was another cruisy 4-2 win for the home favourites, sending the Dodgers back to Los Angeles reeling after allowing two fairly winnable games to slip through their fingertips.

Fortunately, manager Dave Roberts has saved the best ’till last, choosing second-year ace Walker Buehler to start Game 3. Buehler, who’s endured his ups and downs like any other star pitcher during this years playoffs, hopes to silence the Red Sox bats that have so far tormented the Dodgers in the most impressive occasions.

In particular, 0-2 counts with men on base have been Boston’s bread and butter. J.D. Martinez came through with two clutch RBI’s in the fifth inning on Thursday, blowing the game open to give the Red Sox a 4-2 lead.

As far as Game 3 goes though, Boston will have to deal with Buehler’s lethal fastball combinations as well as a very lively Los Angeles crowd. If they win, it’s basically curtains for the Dodgers. But since Manny Machado and David Freese still found a way to put bat to ball in Games 1 and 2, this series certainly deserves more.

Tip: Back the Dodgers to Beat The Line (-1.5 Runs) @ $2.35

Boston Red Sox Vs Los Angeles Dodgers

Game 2: Thursday 25 October, 10.10am, Fenway Park

Boston Leads 1-0

A cold and rainy night in Boston turned into a Game 1 victory for the Red Sox on Wednesday, spearheaded by a huge four-hit night from outfielder Andrew Benintendi.

The hype surrounding the Kershaw v Sale battle on the mound was real, although it proved to be a bit of a dud in the end. Sale had thrown 70 pitches by the fourth inning, causing him to exit before the fifth. Kershaw, meanwhile, lasted only four himself, allowing five earned runs on seven hits.

After both starters made their way to the dugout, the game was actually square at three runs apiece. Then all hell broke loose in the seventh as the Red Sox tacked on three runs to pad their 4-3 lead.

In the end, Boston finished Game 1 with a cruisy 8-4 win moving one step closer to the title, but of course, there were  some moral victories the Dodgers could take away from the game.

First and foremost, the contributions from Justin Turner, Manny Machado and David Freese were the sole reason LA made any sort of noise at all. Machado and Turner made some huge plays defensively, and with Hyun-Jin Ryu on the mound for Game 2, the Dodgers can hopefully bank on at least five innings of six or so strikeouts from the lefty.

The Red Sox held the fifth highest walk-rate against southpaws during the regular season, so Ryu’s four-seam and cut fastball will need to be on point in Game 2.

Still, Boston’s hopes hang nervously on 33-year old lefty David Price, who well, hasn’t always been the most consistent pitcher in the postseason.

Against the Yankees in the ALDS, he allowed three earned runs in less than two innings work, followed up by a dismal four inning, four earned run effort against the Astros in Game 2 of the ALCS. And of course, everything came full circle in Game 5 as Price threw six masterful innings of scoreless ball.

So yes, it’s fair to say we don’t know what to expect from Price, and with the Dodgers ranking top three in runs scored against lefties during the year, evening up the series is very likely.

Tip: Dodgers To Win @ $2.30

Boston Red Sox Vs Los Angeles Dodgers

Game 1: Wednesday 24 October, 10.10am, Fenway Park

Series Tied 0-0

Make sure you pay thanks to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and Red Sox manager Alex Cora, because neither have saved the best ’till last.

On the mound for LA, Clayton Kershaw. And for the Red Sox, Chris Sale. It’s a battle between two veteran aces, both of which will one day feature in the Hall of Fame.

As far as postseason performances go, both have had their moments – good and bad. Kershaw’s 2018 has been marred by injuries and rollercoaster outings, most notably allowing four earned runs against the Brewers 10-days ago, only to bounce back with a seven inning, nine strikeout performance in Game 5 of the NLCS.

For Sale, it’s been much of the same. He’s enjoyed a much lighter workload compared to Kershaw, having thrown only 10.1 innings across three games this postseason. Still, he’s been every bit as up and down, lasting just four innings in Game 1 against the Astros after allowing two earned runs and four walks.

Now heading into a Game 1, it’s likely nerves play a factor, especially for Kershaw on the road. You’d be stupid to doubt him, but the thing is, he’s fairly unfamiliar with this Red Sox line up – in fact, he’s never faced the Red Sox in his entire 10-year career.

For LA, the hope will be Kershaw throwing at least five innings, while the bats of Yasiel Puig, Cody Bellinger and Manny Machado need to continue to rake. The Dodgers were one of the better teams against the left-handed pitching in the regular season, most importantly though, this series will come down to defence, and in a tricky park like Fenway, don’t expect circus catches like the one Chris Taylor was able to pull off in Game 7 against the Brewers.

The Dodgers are 1-5 head-to-head in their last six trips to Boston, and with what will be a very wild crowd, it’s tough to see them winning this.

The series however, that might be a different story.

Tip: Red Sox/Under 7.5 Runs

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