Red Sox do it again, winning fourth title since 2004.
MVP Candidate Mookie Betts Snaps His 0-13 Postseason Slide With A Solo-Homer Against 3-Time Cy Young Winner Clayton Kershaw In The Sixth-Inning Of Game 5.
All too soon, the Los Angeles Dodgers found themselves in a situation similar to last years’ World Series; down 5-1 in an elimination game, one out away from their season ending. Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale began his windup, and threw a breaking pitch, getting Dodgers star Manny Machado to swing, and miss, for the final out.
The celebration began for Boston after a hard-fought, back-and-forth series was put to rest.
Boston Left-Fielder Andrew Benintendi’s Highlight-Reel Catch In Game 2 Was A High Point In The Series
The Red Sox took a traditional route to get to the series, after having baseball’s best record (108-54), they obtained home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, and lost only twice on their way to the series, dominating the powerful New York Yankees lineup and convincingly winning against last years’ champions, the Houston Astros.
The Dodgers, on the other hand, had to play a tiebreaker against Colorado, and got a slight edge at 92-71, becoming the second seed in the National League. Los Angeles breezed by a young, talented Atlanta Braves team, 3-1 in the divisional round. Their championship series against the Milwaukee Brewers produced some of the most heated and intense baseball in the postseason, and they eventually won the series 4-3.
The series for the Dodgers can be summed up in missed opportunities, blowing a 4-0 lead in game four, and leaving runners in scoring position throughout game two, something that haunted them all year (26thin the league in that category).
Boston, on the other hand, is a series performance told through capitalization, and maximization. World Series MVP Steven Pearce only had twelve at-bats in the series, but hit three home runs in that time. Mitch Moreland came in off of the bench in game four and had a pinch-hit, three-run home run that put the Sox right back into the game after Yasiel Puig had seemingly sucked the life out of Boston, hitting his own three-run shot and making it 4-0 in the seventh.
Yasiel Puig’s 3-Run Moonshot In Game 4 Looked To Put The Dodgers Back In The Series
What potentially could’ve been a series turning moment, giving the Dodgers momentum in their own ballpark and tying the series at 2-2, turned into the turning moment for the Red Sox, pushing them forward to a 9-6 victory in game four, and giving them momentum heading into game five.
Boston pitcher David Price (who has a historically bad postseason record) was excellent last night in LA; while Dodgers star pitcher Clayton Kershaw continued his rocky postseason, giving up four runs in seven innings.
Red Sox Pitcher David Price Fired Up After A Strikeout In The Fifth-Inning Of Game 5.
The future for the Red Sox looks extremely bright, with players like MVP candidate Mookie Betts locked up long-term, a loaded pitching staff to keep together, and Alex Cora being one of the best situational managers in all of baseball.
For Los Angeles, parts of the future are unclear. One of the most talented rosters in baseball could go through an overhaul in the offseason. Super-stud shortstop Corey Seager will make his way back from injury next season, and with current star Manny Machado’s contract expired, there will be plenty of questions for baseball’s second-highest payroll; including one with Kershaw, rumors are swirling about his impending departure from Hollywood, while Walker Buehler and other prospects look to be the future on the mound.
Dodgers Rookie Walker Buehler Applauded By Legend Sandy Koufax After A Dominant Performance In Game 3, Which Included Seven Strikeouts And Only Two Hits In Seven Innings
With many questions about 2018 answered, and a plethora of theories for the 2019 season unanswered, it’s sure to be an interesting offseason.