The Boston Red Sox have a chance to claim their ninth World Series title against their opponent the Los Angeles Dodgers. The series will feature powerful pitchers like Chris Sale and Clayton Kershaw, strong outfielders like Mookie Betts and Yasiel Puig, and, overall, versatile rosters that have proven to be able to do damage on offense. So, will Boston take the crown? Or will the Dodgers make up for their loss last year?
Both teams have made significant strides on their quest to the World Series. Los Angeles had trouble early in the season and struggled to find their footing going into October, having to beat the Colorado Rockies in a one-game playoff to take the National League west title before entering official postseason play. From beating the Atlanta Braves in the division series to beating the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League championship series, the Dodgers have shown their fighting spirit and want another chance to earn their first World Series title since 1988.
Boston, on the other hand, was a much different story. With off season acquisitions like J.D. Martinez at their disposal, the Red Sox rolled into the postseason with an overwhelming 108-54 record in the regular season. The only problem they now faced was getting by their American League opponents in the first rounds of the postseason. The Red Sox first series was against long-time rival, the New York Yankees, who were just short of being the top team in their division. New York had gained momentum after tying the division series at a game apiece, but the Red Sox took it right back in a 16-1 massacre in game three that included a postseason cycle by utility player Brock Holt. Boston won again the next night to take the series three games to one, moving on to their next opponent, the Houston Astros.
Facing the defending world champs showed to be difficult for the Red Sox. And after a 7-2 blowout in game one of the championship series, Boston was looking to rise above the loss. The next four games, they pushed back on the Astros with their own potent offense with outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. leading the charge as he had several clutch, two-out RBIs that would eventually earn him championship MVP honors. Boston beat the likes of Houston’s bullpen, taking down Gerrit Cole, Dallas Keuchel, Charlie Morton, and Justin Verlander in four straight games after the opening series loss.
Fans are waiting in anticipation to see the outcome of the World Series and cannot help but wonder who will take home the trophy. Boston may have an advantage with their offense and improved pitching as of late, but Los Angeles has their own form of potency, even if that has not always been the case throughout the postseason. The series continues on Saturday, October 27, when the Red Sox take on the Dodgers for game four at Dodger Stadium.