Final thoughts and prediction:
The Los Angeles Dodgers won three of the four categories that we put them through. We also thought about including coaching but decided not to as we thought the depth on the Dodgers and the NL advantage spoke for itself.
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And while the Dodgers may win three of the four categories in our books, it is still much closer than it looks. The pitching staff can go either way, especially if the guys in Boston’s staff are on fire.
Plus, there is a pretty big difference in the starting nine. When the Dodgers play at their best, the team can easily hang with a powerhouse team like the Red Sox. However, the Dodgers in the playoffs have not been bombarding teams with hits and instead have been picking the spots for big hits.
That is going to be the story of the series. The Dodgers are going to have to use the good pitching staff and bullpen to limit the damage, something the team did great against Christian Yelich and the Brewers.
Then, the Dodgers are going to have to grind out the starting pitchers, score a run or two and get to the bullpen. Once the bullpen starts to initially crack, it all goes downhill for the Red Sox. The team does not have the same insanely deep bullpen that the Brewers have.
The Dodgers are a bad matchup for Boston. They do all the things that hurt a team like Boston and is a smart team with experience that has been playing the best teams in the world on a consistent basis.
I really think the Dodgers have a statement win early in the series that sets the tone and sweeps the rug out from the Red Sox before the series really begins.