“The World Series-They Are the Best”
Red Sox Nation…meet Dodgers Blue.
Boston-Los Angeles in the World Series tonight.
Two franchises rich in history, rich in payroll, baseball’s royalty.
You mention Fenway…Chavez Ravine, you immediately what teams you are talking apart.
Legendary names from yesteryear, meant so much to the game, Ted Williams to Jackie Robinson, and tons of names after that.
The ownership has been checkered, from the racist era of Tom Yawkey, to the defiance era of Walter O’Malley, , the bankruptcy of the despicable McCourt family, and the savior style of John Henry.
They both have everything. Power hitting batting orders, a deep experienced-productive bench, strong starting pitching, and depth in the bullpen.
They’ve got fire in the gut players in the lineups, and a little spit and personality in the dugout.
Add into that, two managers and front offices, who subscribe to lots of analytics, the shift, lefty-vs-righty matchups, and more..
What more could you want as Chris Sale faces Clayton Kershaw tonight in Game-1.
Boston will run Sale, then David Price, Rick Porcello and Nathan Eovaldi in the rotation. Granted, this is not a pitching lineup equal to last year’s Astros, or legendary starting staffs int he past, but then again, Boston bombs their way to victories.
The Dodgers counter with Kershaw, Hyun Jin-Ryu, Rich Hill, and the red-hot rookie Walker Beuhler. Physical woes have been part of the LA pitching storyline all year long, but they’re healthy, and they’re pitching this week aren’t they.
In this day and age of relievers coming in early, and staying late, this will be fun to watch the chess-board moves Alex Cora-Dave Roberts make if starters get into trouble.
Boston’s bullpen has depth. The setup guys were used alot leading up to the Fall Classic, but gave up just 2-runs in 18-innings. And then there is closer Craig Kimbrel, who was very shaky. In his last 6-plus innings, he gave up 6-hits, walked 5-hit a batter and allowed 5-runs. Overuse, maybe, stage fright, maybe too.
LA counters with Kenley Jansen, who has had another spectacular season, health-heart issues aside. The LA pen had a (1.45-ERA) in the playoffs vs Milwaukee’s big bats. That’s why LA is here and the Brewers are not.
When it comes to bats, Boston has lots of them. The “B” Boys, the Bomb Squad from Boston”
Betts-Bradley-Benetendi-Boegaerts. Add in JD Martinez, Eduardo Nunez, Raf Devers, and Steve Pearce, quite a colleciton of bats. The Bosox have hit (.282) at home this year,playing like the Colorado Rockies used to play at Coors Field.
The Dodgers bats scored 29-runs in 5-games against the best pitching staff in baseball, in Houston. Pick a night, pick a name, and heroes are everywhere. Turner-Machado-Puig-Bellinger-Pederson-Muncy–Kemp. They could be knocking lots of balls off the Green Monster.
Even the bench bunch brings something every night, from Moreland-Kisnler-Holt compared to Keke Hernandez-David Freese-Brian Dozier.
Boston hit 208-homers this year, you expected that. You did not expect 235 from the Dodgers.
The last time the two met in the World Series, was 1916, when Babe Ruth was a Red Sox pitcher, and the team he faced was the Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers.-Robins. Speaking of historical names, 90-year old Tom Lasorda will be on hand with the Dodgers.
This fall classic could be a classic.
Lots of hits, run, defensive plays, instant replays. Red Sox Nation will be in full roar on Tuesday. And you can bet Dodger Fan will arrive early, and hope to stay late and get a win when the games come back to LA.
Who wins? Who cares. Just sit back and watch this play out.
A Fabulous Fall Classic awaits.