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All right, Finn. You’ve told us this team is worth believing in all year. Can’t back down now. Make your World Series pick, and it had better be Sox in 4. For what it’s worth, I’ve got Sox in 6. – Steve N.
It’s funny, after the Dodgers finished off the Brewers to win the National League, I was thinking Sox in 4. The National League is clearly weaker, and the 92-win Dodgers won 16 fewer games than the Red Sox in the regular season.
It kind of reminded me of 2004, when the Red Sox had to beat a very good Angels team and their eternal nemesis Yankees, who were great, to get to the World Series. The Cardinals had won 105 games that year, but they were wiped out in four by the Sox. My initial thought is that this would be similar after the Red Sox got through the Yankees/Astros gauntlet.
The Dodgers probably deserve more respect than that, though, with Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler in their rotation, and about 15 different platoon players who all seem to have at least 15-20 home runs at a minimum. Plus, there’s some mystery about Chris Sale’s health and whether David Price can put together a second straight superb playoff start. The Sox have the better lineup, but the Dodgers might have the better pitching. There’s a chance this series can be as appealing on the field as the matchup is on paper and historically.
I’ll stay on the optimistic track here, though, because the Red Sox have done nothing but enhance our faith along the way. Red Sox in five, and man, it’s going to be strange seeing them celebrate at Chavez Ravine.
But what do you guys think? Who wins the World Series, and in how many games? I’ll hear you in the comments.