Game 1 of the World Series kicks off tomorrow night in Boston, Massachusetts as the Boston Red Sox host the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Dodgers vs Red Sox matchup in the World Series is the first time the teams have faced off against one another. The only other time that the two teams met was in 1916 when the Boston Red Sox took on the Brooklyn Dodgers. Pitching in that series was none other than legendary hall of fame player Babe Ruth.
The Dodgers are very familiar with the World Series after losing to the Houston Astros in Game 7. However, could this be a redemption year against one of the most dominant teams in baseball?
The Red Sox held a 108-54 record this season but were 57-24 at Fenway Park while the Dodgers were just 47-34 on the road.
Boston Red Sox:
On the mound for the Red Sox is none other than the left-handed ace, Chris Sale.
Sale recently pitched against the Houston Astros in the ALCS. Sale pitched four innings, allowing two runs on one hit and recording five strikeouts.
However, during the regular season, Sale held a 12-4 record with a 2.11 ERA along with 237 strikeouts for the Red Sox.
Offensively, the team has seen a lot of key performances from JD Martinez. Martinez was a pivotal piece of the Red Sox offense in the series against the Houston Astros. Martinez finished Game 5 of the ALCS going 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.
During the regular season, Martinez finished with a .330 batting average alongside 43 home runs and 130 RBIs for Boston.
Los Angeles Dodgers:
On the mound for the Dodgers is the left-handed ace, Clayton Kershaw.
Kershaw recently pitched against the Milwaukee Brewers. Pitching just one inning for the Dodgers while recording two strikeouts in Game 7.
During the regular season, Kershaw held a 9-5 record for the Dodgers with a 2.73 ERA while successfully striking out a total of 155 batters.
Offensively, Manny Machado and Yasiel Puig were two key pieces to the success the Dodgers found in Game 7 against the Brewers. Machado finished 2-for-4 with a run scored while Puig finished 3-for-4 with a run scored and three RBIs in the Dodgers 5-1 victory.
Puig finished the regular season with a .267 batting average along with 23 HRs and 63 RBIs while Machado finished with a .297 batting average along with 37 HRs and 107 RBIs.