Red Sox: Champions once again


Keith Allison

With an offense and defensive domination of the Dodgers, the Red Sox was able to claim its fourth World Series Championship in the last 15 years.

Landon DeBoer, Sports Editor

After a five-game massacre of the Los Angeles Dodgers in a best-of-seven series, the Boston Red Sox are World Series Champions.

With its win last Sunday night, the Red Sox claimed its fourth World Series title of the century- the most of all current MLB teams. With flawless managing from first-year manager Alex Cora, the Red Sox were able to handle any situation thrown its way. Cora did a great job throughout the series by making pitching changes and putting in pinch hitters during the right moments.

The only loss the Red Sox had in the series was in game three during an 18-inning thriller in Los Angeles. The two teams set the record for the longest World Series game, as the game ended at approximately 3:30 a.m. ET. In the Dodgers’ only win of the series, 46 of the teams’ combined 50 players were used, 18 total pitchers were used (nine from each team) and a total of 561 pitches were thrown (265 pitches more than the average 2018 Regular Season game) according to the New York Times.

In game five, the final game of the series, the Red Sox started with a burst of offense and never lost the lead. With a two run first inning, the Red Sox looked solid and poised to claim the 2018 World Series. As David Price, the starting pitcher for the Red Sox, stepped into the game during the first inning, Dodgers fans were given an immediate sense of hope that maybe their team was not yet out of the game. On Price’s first pitch of the game, first baseman David Freese hit a homerun over the right field wall. However, this celebration from Dodgers fans was short lived as Price’s performance only improved while he pitched seven nearly flawless innings. The Red Sox offense continued to show its ability to generate runs as it had multiple one run innings down the stretch. As Price passed the mound to the relief pitchers, they finished the game out relatively easily and did not allow any runs to score.

Keith Allison
The MVP of the series, Steve Pearce had hits in the clutch to help boost the Red Sox to victory.

Even with Red Sox star Mookie Betts not having his best series at the plate, the Red Sox have such dangerous hitters throughout its entire lineup giving them the ability to score at any moment. The MVP of the 2018 World Series was Red Sox first baseman, Steve Pearce, who helped boost the team offensively with a batting average of .333 driving in 8 runs, according to ESPN.

Although this was the second straight year the Dodgers fell short of its sixth World Series title in Los Angeles, the future still looks bright. The core of the Dodgers is held together by young stars who will continue to grow as players, much like the Red Sox’s young team. The two teams will also have similar lineups and pitching rotations next season, giving them all the same chance to make a run at baseball’s ultimate prize.

The Dodgers were outplayed, out-pitched and out-managed by the Red Sox. Credit this to Red Sox GM Dave Dombrowski for creating and assembling this successful team of pitchers, fielders and coaches. Give someone else a chance, Boston! 11 Championships (in the major pro-sports) to start the century, isn’t that enough?