It is October again, meaning that it is time for the World Series. The two teams facing off this year were the Red Sox and Dodgers. They played their first game on Tuesday night, October 23rd. The Red Sox have been 104-54 in the American League, aiming for the fourth championship in the past 15 seasons. However, the Dodgers, the underdog, have been 92-71 in the National League, and haven’t won a championship in the last three decades.
According to ESPN the Red Sox won for three reasons: a stellar offense, outfield defense, and chemistry. The Red Sox scored 876 runs their entire season, while the Dodgers scored only 804 runs. At the same time, the Red Sox have an outfield lineup made of top players including Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Mookie Betts, and Bradley might win the Gold Glove this season. Finally, the Red Sox have a better team dynamic. After Craig Kimbrel took a leave because of his daughter’s heart surgery, the team became even closer as they would reach out to him outside the dug-out, creating n even stronger bond when he returned.
Despite the facts, the Dodgers still had a chance to win, a chance to redeem themselves from the 2017 World Series. The underdogs have been known for their home runs and curveballs, an advantage that helped them defeat the Brewers in the National League Championship Series.
Senior Alex Jung predicted that “the Red Sox will definitely win because they are far better than the Dodgers, who are the rivals to his favorite team…the Giants.” The poll on ESPN suggested that out of the 103 thousand votes, 60 percent of people agree that the Red Sox will win. That 60% was right. Players like Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, and Kenley Jansen helped decide that, despite Steve Pearce being named the MVP of the World Series, after hitting two home runs in game 5. The 2018 world series was another success for the Red Sox though it was a disappointment for the Dodgers, who lost their chance at the title two years in a row.
Game 1 – October 23 – 8:09 p.m. PT – Fox Red Sox 8 – Dodgers 4
Game 2 – October 24 – 8:09 p.m. PT – Fox Red Sox 4 – Dodgers 2
Game 3 – October 26 – 8:09 p.m. PT – Fox Red Sox 3 – Dodgers 2
Game 4 – October 27 – 8:09 p.m. PT – Fox Dodgers 9 – Red Sox 6
*Game 5 – October 28 – 8:09 p.m. PT – Fox Red Sox 5 – Dodgers 1