The Boston Red Sox roll into Los Angeles up 2-0 in the World Series and looking like they are unstoppable. The Dodger faithful will have a hard time admitting it, but this World Series already looks over.
While LA can score runs via the home run, Boston can score just about anyway. They can swing it, they can run, and they manufacture runs with timely hitting and aggressive base stealing. They simply have no weaknesses in a lineup that features 10 different players who hit .250 and above.
The series is back in Los Angeles for three games starting tonight. To say this is a must-win game for the Dodgers would be an understatement. But, while Los Angeles feels a sense of urgency, the prevailing thought is that it doesn’t matter what the Dodgers do, Boston has an answer for it. Los Angeles scores half their runs via home runs. They are going to need a bunch of them to win tonight.
LA manager Dave Roberts has been criticized for thinking too much, for playing too much by the numbers. But, the truth is that is what Boston does to you. The Red Sox have the ability to put pressure on you at every turn. The hit, they can run you deep in the count because of their plate integrity, and the aren’t afraid. You can just sense that this team feels it and there is nothing we can do about it.
Alex Cora won 108 games in his first year as a manager. He has Boston in the World Series in his inaugural season. For Red Sox fans, it doesn’t get any better than that. You can see the confidence Cora has in his club. It is palpable. You can tough it. He knows the Dodgers are in trouble.
While Los Angeles is known for improbable comebacks, they are going to have to wait another time, and another year to turn the tables. LA hasn’t won a World Series in 30 years. Make it 31. Teams who lose their first two games of the Series on the road, then travel home win 12.5% of the time. That number seems especially daunting since Boston has seemed to have all the answers.
These are two really good baseball teams. Two of the best I have seen in some time. They pitch, hit, and manage a game at the highest level. But, something is missing in Los Angeles. Maybe it is chemistry, or mystique, or just fate. Whatever is missing in LA is rampant in Boston. Don’t be surprised to see the Red Sox sweep the series.