For the second straight year, the Los Angeles Dodgers will represent the National League in the World Series. They fell short against the Astros last season. Do they have what it takes to defeat the Red Sox, who enter with the best record in the Major League this season.
Los Angeles Dodgers versus Boston Red Sox
The Dodgers won 92 games during the regular season and took down the Brewers in a hard fought seven-game NLCS. Boston cruised to 108 wins and relatively easily dethroned the defending champion Houston Astros in the ALCS.
Boston holds a +29 to +24 advantage on the Power Ranking Indicator and “burning hot” versus “average down” status on the Team Strength Oscillator. They were the second most stable team this season according to the Team Volatility Oscillator, while the Dodgers were the eighth most unstable team. The Red Sox win and lose consistently according to their favorite/underdog status, while the Dodgers do not.
The Dodgers are undecided on the mound for this series but of their likely starters, Clayton Kershaw, RIch Hill and Hyun Jin Ryu are the best bets, according to the Pitcher Profit Oscillator. Of the potential Red Sox starters, David Price, Rick Porcello and Eduardo Rodriguez are in the green according to the oscillator, while surprisingly Chris Sale has not been a great bet.
During the season, the Dodgers were nearly equal at home and on the road (45-37 versus 47-34). The Red Sox dominated at home at 57-24 and one of only two teams to reach 50 wins on the road.
There is little to indicate the Dodgers can pull off the upset. While they are certainly a worthy World Series opponent, the Red Sox have been too strong. The Dodgers will be competitive, but look for the Red Sox to win this in six for their ninth title in franchise history.
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