Staff picks for the World Series between the Dodgers and Red Sox

Tanya Simon
October 24, 2018

However, an ugly 16-26 start quickly cast doubt on the club's ability to return to the postseason, dumping their World Series odds to a distant +1400.

The Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers will play Game 1 of the 2018 World Series on Tuesday night at Fenway Park.

The Sox seem to have everything working for them, so if the pitchers can resist throwing at Manny Machado during every one of his at-bats, they should be able to hold the line while the offense does what it has done all year - drive opposing pitchers insane with their patient approach at the plate and penchant for getting big, two-out hits. Not exactly Madison Bumgarner-esque. The miscues helped the Red Sox score twice. And they continue to do it without the Josh Beckett, Curt Schilling, Pedro Martinez, Jon Lester or John Lackey. Obviously they put up a really tough fight.

Benintendi delivered four hits, Martinez drove in two early runs and pinch-hitter Eduardo Nunez golfed a three-run homer to seal it. Not something Sale did. Pederson, Hernandez, third baseman Justin Turner and catcher Yasmani Grandal each appeared in the final game of that series at Dodger Stadium, but budding superstar Cody Bellinger spent most of that season at Double-A Tulsa.

There's an old proverb that explains how a very small thing can lead to a big, loss.

While Nunez's homer was undoubtedly the most memorable moment from the night, the entire game felt like so numerous other Red Sox victories this month.

In eight starts since his return from the disabled list on September 11, Sale has pitched at least five innings just once. Relief work that didn't allow for too much agita.

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Clayton Kershaw will open the series for the Dodgers, three days after closing out the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series.

After the Dodgers tied it at 3, Kershaw led off the fifth by walking Mookie Betts and giving up a single to Andrew Benintendi, which forced his hook.

Boston scored two batters into the game after Betts led off with a single, stole second and scored on Benintendi's single.

That set the stage for Nunez, who hit for Devers with two runners on after Dodgers manager Dave Roberts called lefty Alex Wood in from the bullpen.

Benintendi became just the fourth Boston player with a four-hit game in the World Series, joining Jacoby Ellsbury in 2007 and Wally Moses in 1946. This also marked the first World Series game between teams led by minority managers.

It all added up. It was the first pinch-hit homer in a World Series game since Hideki Matsui hit one for the Yankees in 2009.

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