2018 World Series

Los Angeles Dodgers (1) vs Boston Red Sox (4)

The 2018 World Series was the 114th edition of Major League Baseball's World Series, a best-of-seven playoff between the National League (NL) champion Los Angeles Dodgers and the American League (AL) champion Boston Red Sox.

There were exactly two pitchers in Major League Baseball in 2018, who had at least 1,000 innings pitched, and an career earned run average below 3.00. Game 1 featured those two twirlers, Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers and Chris Sale of the Red Sox. Both left the mound after four strong innings in a tight back-and-forth game. The normally strong LA bullpen surrendered five runs in two frames giving Boston a relatively easy series opener.

When you give a pitcher $30 million a year (David Price) and a designated hitter $23.75 million a year (J.D. Martinez), you expect results - that duo propelled the Red Sox to a commanding 2-0 lead courtesy of six strong innings pitched and a two-out, two-run, go ahead clutch hit.

Down 0-2, the Dodgers were in a must-win situation, as no team had ever come back from an 0-3 deficit to win a Fall Classic. The Red Sox made them earn the 3-2 victory, as both teams combined to use a post-season record 18 pitchers, every bench player, in what became the longest World Series game in baseball history - an 18-inning marathon that lasted seven hours, 20 minutes (longer then every game combined from the 1939 World Series).

Riding their Game 3 momentum, LA broke open a pitchers duel in the sixth, scoring four runs and appeared to be ready to tie up the Series 2-2. Rich Hill had only surrendered one hit, a single to Christian Velazquez in the fifth inning, when he was pulled from the game after striking out Eduardo Nunez in the top of the 7th. The bullpen imploded, surrendering 2 home runs, 7 hits, and 9 runs over the final three innings; Red Sox 9, Dodgers 6.

Needing one more victory to win it all, Boston went back to their ace, Price, and Los Angeles countered, putting Kershaw back on the mound. Each one surrendered runs in the first, Red Sox 2 / Dodgers 1, then settled in to pitch seven strong innings, but Clayton surrendered solo homers to Mookie Betts in the sixth, and J.D. Martinez in the seventh, giving the Red Sox a four run cushion that the Dodgers never challenged.

The baseball season ended, with one of the most dominating teams of the century (108 regular season wins) capping off an amazing season with their fourth World Championship since 2004.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"It's almost overwhelming (winning the World Series), because you just never think that you'll be associated with a club that can do that. 119-57? Those numbers are mind-boggling. It's winning more than two-thirds of your games over the year, so, no, I don't think you can really grasp it, and I think it's a tribute to all these guys. You don't get to that point unless you're talented and you grind, you really work through things, you bounce back, you're resilient and you're tough. And that's this group." - Boston Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski (Anthony Castrovince, 10/29/2018, Team of this century? Sox win 4th title since '04 , Source )

2018 World Series

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2017 | Los Angeles Dodgers (1) vs Boston Red Sox (4) | 2019

Game 1
Date / Box Score
Location
Fenway Park
1 st Pitch
From
To
Attendance
38,454
National Anthem (Pre-Game)
James Taylor (5x Grammy Award Winning Singer)
God Bless America (7th Inning)
Michelle Brooks-Thompson (Gospel Recording Artist )
Game 2
Date / Box Score
Location
Fenway Park
1 st Pitch
From
To
Undetermined
Undetermined
Undetermined
Undetermined
Undetermined
Undetermined
Attendance
38,644
National Anthem (Pre-Game)
The Boston Pops (Tanglewood & Boston Symphony Children's Chorus)
God Bless America (7th Inning)
Not Yet Determined (TBD)
Game 3
Date / Box Score
Location
Dodger Stadium
1 st Pitch
From
To
Attendance
53,114
National Anthem (Pre-Game)
Brad Paisley (Country Music Singer, Songwriter)
God Bless America (7th Inning)
Officer Rosalind Curry (Los Angeles Police Department)
Game 4
Date / Box Score
Location
Dodger Stadium
1 st Pitch
From
To
Attendance
54,400
National Anthem (Pre-Game)
Ryan Tedder (Singer, Songwriter, Instrumentalist, Producer)
God Bless America (7th Inning)
Not Yet Determined (TBD)
Game 5
Date / Box Score
Location
Dodger Stadium
1 st Pitch
From
To
Attendance
54,367
National Anthem (Pre-Game)
PO2 Mike Dalager (U.S. Coast Guard)
God Bless America (7th Inning)
Not Yet Determined (TBD)
2018 World Series Fast Facts

2018 World Series
Game 1

Line Score | Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 4 8 0
Boston 2 0 1 0 2 0 3 0 x 8 11 0
Clayton Kershaw (L)
Ryan Madson (5 th )
Julio Urias (6 th )
Pedro Baez (7 th )
Alex Wood (7 th )
-
-
Chris Sale
Matt Barnes (5 th , W)
Joe Kelly (6 th , H)
Ryan Brasier (7 th , H)
Eduardo Rodriguez (7 th , H)
Nathan Eovaldi (8 th )
Craig Kimbrel (9 th )
Matt Kemp (2 nd ) Eduardo Nunez (7 th )

2018 World Series
Game 2

Line Score | Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 0
Boston 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 x 4 8 0
Hyun-Jin Ryu (L)
Ryan Madson (5 th )
Julio Urias (6 th )
Kenta Maeda (7 th )
Scott Alexander (7 th )
Pedro Baez (8 th )
David Price
Joe Kelly (6 th , H)
Nathan Eovaldi (8 th )
Craig Kimbrel (9 th )
-
-
None None

2018 World Series
Game 3

Line Score | Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 R H E
Boston 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 1
Los Angeles 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 11 1
Rick Porcello
Eduardo Rodriguez (5 th )
Joe Kelly (6 th )
Ryan Brasier (7 th )
Matt Barnes (8 th )
David Price (9 th )
Craig Kimbrel (9 th )
Heath Hembree (11 th )
Nathan Eovaldi (12 th , L)
Walker Buehler
Kenley Jansen (8 th , BS)
Pedro Baez (10 th )
Ryan Madson (12 th )
Scott Alexander (12 th )
Dylan Floro (13 th )
Kenta Maeda (15 th )
Julio Urias (17 th )
Alex Wood (18 th , W)
Jackie Bradley Jr. (8 th ) Joc Pederson (3 rd )
Max Muncy (18 th )

2018 World Series
Game 4

Line Score | Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 5 9 8 1
Los Angeles 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 2 6 9 0
Eduardo Rodriguez
Matt Barnes (6 th , W)
Joe Kelly (7 th , W)
Craig Kimbrel (9 th )
--
--
--
Rich Hill
Scott Alexander (7 th )
Ryan Madson (7 th , H)
Kenley Jansen (8 th , BS)
Dylan Floro (9 th , L)
Alex Wood (9 th )
Kenta Maeda (9 th )
Mitch Moreland (7 th )
Steve Pearce (8 th )
Yasiel Puig (6 th )
Enrique Hernande (18 th )

2018 World Series
Game 5

Line Score | Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 5 8 0
Los Angeles 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0
David Price (W)
Joe Kelly (8 th )
Chris Sale (9 th )
Clayton Kershaw (L)
Pedro Baez (8 th )
Kenley Jansen (9 th )
Steve Pearce (1 st )
Mookie Betts (6 th )
J.D. Martinez (10 th )
Steve Pearce (8 th )
David Freese (1 st )

2018 World Series

Boston Red Sox

Boston Red Sox 2018 World Series Composite Hitting Statistics

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lf-4, ph-1
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3b-4, ph-1
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p
2b-3, lf-1, rf-1
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p
2b-3, pr-1
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dh-2. lf-1, rf-3
ph-3, 1b-3
ph-2, 3b-3
1b-4, ph-1
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p
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p
p
ph-2, c-1
c-4, 1b-1
3
5
5
5
5
2
5
3
1
3
5
4
3
3
5
4
3
5
DNP
1
3
3
2
2
4
0
18
23
22
13
0
14
2
0
12
0
0
10
6
18
8
10
12
-
0
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1
0
2
15
0
6
5
3
3
0
3
0
0
2
0
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1
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5
1
3
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-
0
0
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0
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0
1
1
1
0
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1
1
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0
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0
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0
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6
5
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0
0
0
2
1
1
5
-
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
1
1
2
1
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
5
3
3
8
-
0
0
0
0
0
0
.000
.333
.217
.136
.231
.000
.214
.000
.000
.167
.000
.000
.100
.500
.278
.125
.300
.333
-
.000
.000
.000
.000
.000
.200
0
1
3
3
2
0
1
0
0
3
0
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1
3
0
0
4
-
0
0
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0
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3
6
6
3
0
7
2
0
1
0
0
3
3
7
4
3
0
-
0
1
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0
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0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
-
0
0
0
0
0
0
Totals
189
42
7
0
8
28
27
.222
21
53
2

2018 World Series

Los Angeles Dodgers 2018 World Series Composite Hitting Statistics

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11
16
2
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12
5
15
2
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9
3
22
0
0
17
12
20
0
14
24
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.235
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.333
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0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Totals
189
34
3
1
6
16
14
.180
17
56
0
2018 World Series Composite Batting Statistics | Bold = World Series MVP

2018 World Series

Boston Red Sox

Boston Red Sox 2018 World Series Composite Pitching Statistics

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0
0
0
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
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0
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0
0
0
0
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1.2
8.0
1.0
6.0
4.1
4.2
13.2
6.1
5.0
0.00
5.40
1.13
0.00
0.00
4.15
1.93
1.98
5.68
5.40
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3
0
4
3
3
7
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4
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6
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10
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10
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6
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Totals
4
1
5
5
0
1
0
53.0
2.55
34
56
15
17

2018 World Series

Los Angeles Dodgers 2018 World Series Composite Pitching Statistics

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0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
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4.2
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11.0
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4.2
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2.1
13.50
3.86
0.00
11.57
1.42
4.50
7.36
3.86
3.00
7.71
3.00
7.71
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2
2
3
1
2
14
3
4
6
1
3
2
4
7
3
7
3
10
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3
1
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9
1
1
4
1
2
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3
0
2
3
1
3
2
2
1
1
1
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1
4
5
5
0
0
0
52.0
4.85
42
53
28
21
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The 2018 World Series is the second where home-field advantage was decided by each league champions regular season record. From 1903 to 2002, home-field advantage alternated between the American and National Leagues. From 2003 to 2016, home-field advantage was determined by results from the corresponding All-Star Game , home-field was awarded to the team from the winning league. With 108 regular season wins in 2018, the Boston Red Sox earned home-field advantage over the Los Angeles Dodgers , who had 92 regular season wins.

Did you know that these two FRANCHISES once met during a Fall Classic ? The 1916 World Series featured the 1916 Boston Red Sox versus the 1916 Brooklyn Robins , who became the Brooklyn Dodgers , who became the modern Dodgers !

Did you know that when Andrew Benintendi collected four hits in Game 1 - three off Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw - he became the first player in Major League history with at least four hits and three runs in a World Series debut?

Did you know that after Game 3 ended, we added a list of EVERY Extra-Inning World Series Game ever played in history?

Alex Cora was the fifth rookie manager to win a World Series , joining Bucky Harris ( 1924 Senators ), Eddie Dyer ( 1946 Cardinals ), Ralph Houk ( 1961 Yankees ) and Bob Brenly ( 2001 Diamondbacks ). What rookie skipper will be next? What two teams will be playing during the 2019 World Series? Make a prediction and tell us on Baseball Fever , the best place for serious fans to talk baseball.

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