102 Years in the Making: Red Sox and Dodgers to Meet in World Series
With the Fall Classic matchup set, it's a meeting of two great franchises the world of baseball hasn't seen in more than a century.
The last time the Red Sox and Dodgers met in the World Series was 1916 when the Brooklyn franchise went by the name Robins. It goes back so long that Babe Ruth was still pitching for the Red Sox. And masterfully as a matter of fact. In Game 2 of that series, Ruth pitched 13 shutout innings and Boston finished off the Robins a.k.a. Dodgers in five games.
The 2018 matchup gives us two of the best offenses in baseball, lineups littered with home run hitters. Both teams hit more than 200 homers in 2018 and the Dodgers led all of the National League with their 235 dingers. The round-trippers have continued in the postseason; eleven in eleven games including two in Game 7 of the NLCS against the Brewers.
There are also stars in the starting rotations. Clayton Kershaw is one of the best of his generation and Walker Buehler has the stuff to take over as the ace of the LA staff sooner rather than later. For the Red Sox, Chris Sale has the ability to dominate and wipeout any offensive threat with his fastball and slider, but he's coming off a trip to the hospital with a stomach illness. David Price may have found his long-awaited secret to playoff success. Price earned his first win as a starter in the postseason in the ALCS against the Astros.
Game 1 in Boston is Tuesday night. Let's go.