Boston sports fans have had a long-standing hatred for one L.A. team. But despite the fact that the Red Sox and the Dodgers are two of the oldest teams in baseball, and play in two of the most iconic ballparks in the game, this is only the second time they’ve ever met in the World Series.
That’s if you even count the 1916 Fall Classic when Babe Ruth was pitching for Boston and Casey Stengel was bashing for the forerunners of the Dodgers, the Brooklyn Robins.
Fast forward 102 years. The 2018 Sox have the edge in virtually every positional matchup.
I like the Sox’ starting pitching corps of Sale, Price, Porcello and Eovaldi over LA’s Kershaw, Ryu, Buehler and old friend Rich Hill. Three of those four are lefties and Mookie, JD and Bogie feast on southpaws.
The Dodger lineup, led by Cody Bellinger, Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig, is decent – but not as good as the Sox from top to bottom.
The Boston outfield defense is second to none and the bullpen has been surprisingly solid… except for Craig Kimbrel. That’s where the Dodgers have the slight advantage with their closer, Kenley, who is coming off a good N.L.C.S. against Milwaukee.
The Sox are deeper that the Dodgers and manager Alex Cora has been pushing all the right buttons. My prediction: just like the Sox in ‘16… 1916… Boston wins it in five.
And I get to wear my old “Beat L.A.” T-shirt again.