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The World Series matchup is set: Red Sox, Dodgers looks to be a close one

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Mookie Betts leads the Red Sox to the World Series for first time since 2013.

Mookie Betts leads the Red Sox to the World Series for first time since 2013.

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Mookie Betts leads the Red Sox to the World Series for first time since 2013.

Justin Gongora, Sports Writer

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The Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers will go head to head for this season’s World Series Championship.

The Red Sox advanced by defeating the reigning World Series Champions, the Houston Astros, in a 4-1 series.

With two back-to-back quality starts, Nathan Eovaldi would give the Boston bats the leeway they needed to help them get past the Astros. JD Martinez, a former Astro himself, was a feared presence along with fellow MVP candidate Mookie Betts.

The presence of Betts and Martinez was tremendously felt as their outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. made great plays to eventually take home the ALCS MVP. Bradley would total five hits, a homerun, a grand slam,and a total of 9 RBIs.

The Dodgers are once again representing the National League in the Fall Classic as they battled it out against this year’s postseason sleeper team the Milwaukee’s Brewers. The Brewers did not shy away from unconventional decisions with their pitching staff.

They brought bullpenning to baseball’s biggest stage, using relievers for full games instead of a traditional starting pitcher.

And it worked for a while as they won 96 regular season games, the best season Milwaukee’s had in years.

Potential NL MVP candidate Christian Yelich spearheaded the way for fellow youngsters Jesus Aguilar and Orlando Arcia, while he was guided by the experience of Curtis Granderson, Erik Kratz, Mike Moustakas and Brewers legend Ryan Braun.

The Dodgers proved to be the victor, demonstrating their powerful lineup and power pitching coming from Clayton Kershaw, Kenley Jansen and Alex Wood.

The matchup between the Red Sox and the Dodgers will certainly be a strong showdown of east versus west coast. Pitchers Chris Sale and Kershaw, each possessing a Cy Young award under their belts, will faceoff in what should be a highly anticipated competition.

Ask any Bostonian sports fan and they’ll let you know of the passionate environment that is Boston sports; one that pitcher Clayton Kershaw has never experienced. The Red Sox significantly outperformed the Dodgers over the course of 162 games, recording 108 wins to Los Angeles’ 91 victories. Boston has been more impressive in the postseason, cruising through the ALDS and ALCS with a 7-2 record. LA enters the World Series with a 7-4 playoff record.

With MVP candidates Betts and Martinez, Boston has the best offense in baseball while LA led the NL in runs scored.

But their lineup isn’t nearly as dangerous as the one the Red Sox will put on the field each night. Chris Sale gives Boston a pitcher that can match Los Angeles’ ace.

It seems that the Dodgers are going to need more than just luck this postseason.

They’re facing a stacked Boston team and if they want any serious chance to winning this World Series they’re going to need quality starts from all pitchers and the lineup to wake up their bats early.

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