A closer look at the Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston’s World Series opponent

Los Angeles lost to Houston in the 2017 World Series.

Clayton Kershaw throws during the first inning of Game 5 of the NLCS.

The Red Sox will face the Dodgers in the World Series beginning Tuesday.

Los Angeles defeated Milwaukee, 5-1, in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series to punch its ticket to the Fall Classic.

Here’s a look at the Dodgers:

Regular-season record: 92-71 (NL West champions)

Road to the World Series: The Dodgers fought through a wild National League West, defeating Colorado, 5-2, in a one-game playoff at season’s end to win the division. This placed LA in a division series matchup against the NL East champion Atlanta Braves, whom the Dodgers defeated in four games. The Dodgers defeated the Milwaukee Brewers, 4 games to 3, in the National League Championship Series.

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The Dodgers split the opening two games in Milwaukee during the NLCS, and fell behind 2-1 after being shut out at home in Game 3. Back-to-back wins in Game 4 and Game 5 put Los Angeles within one win of a repeat trip to the World Series, but Milwaukee forced a Game 7 at home.

Los Angeles lost to Houston in the 2017 World Series.

Players to watch: A midseason trade for former Baltimore Oriole Manny Machado helped the Dodgers bolster an already dangerous lineup. Machado hit .297 this season with 37 home runs and 107 RBIs, and has become a focal point of a lineup that has found success in October. Right fielder Yasiel Puig, despite a down season by his standards, has been hitting over .300 in the postseason and his excitement has fueled LA. Lefthanded ace Clayton Kershaw seems to have dispelled his playoff demons, and is 2-1 with a 2.50 ERA in three games.

Key team stats: The Dodgers were first in the NL and second in MLB with 235 home runs, trailing only the Yankees. Los Angeles’ slugging percentage was third in the league (.442), and its overall 3.38 team ERA was best in the NL and second in MLB.

Boston connections: Most, if not all, Red Sox fans will recognize the face of the Dodgers’ skipper. Dave Roberts, who is engraved in Boston sports folklore for his Game 4 steal in the 2004 ALCS, is in his third season at the helm of Los Angeles. Milton native Rich Hill, 38, is in his second season pitching for the Dodgers and went 11-5 this year with a 3.66 ERA. He has primarily been pitching out of the bullpen in the postseason, accumulating a 2.89 ERA with nine strikeouts in 9.1 innings pitched.

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