MLB Playoff Recap, Red Sox Wins World Series

Tyler Plank, Staff Writer

The Red Sox are attempting to be recognized as the team of the century . Over the past 15 years, we have now seen them win four times. The Dodgers, who lost last year lost to the Houston Astros, were hoping for redemption. Houston wanted a repeat of 2017. The Yankees were looking for their 28th ring. All these potential outcomes could only end with one conclusion.

The Playoffs had a total of 10 teams participating, five from the National League and five from the American League. The five and the four seed played in a quick one game wild card. The winner of that game played the one seed in a five game series, as well as the two and three seed. The winner of those games played in a seven game playoff and then the World Series which is also seven games.

Baseball has a 162 game season but sometimes two teams are tied at the end for the division title.

The first game was between the Cubs and Brewers, and the second game was between Dodgers and Rockies. The loser of this game was to play in the wild card and while the winner would go straight to the divisional playoff game. After two crazy games, the Cubs lost to the Brewers and the Rockies lost to the Dodgers.

On the American League side the Yankees played the Athletics in the wild card, whoever won that game was to play the Boston Red Sox. New York won and went out to Boston as the Athletics returned to Oakland. On the other side, the Rockies pulled off a 13 inning win in Chicago to beat the Cubs even though the Cubs had one of the best records in baseball.
With the Cubs and Athletics out, there were eight teams remaining: the Yankees, Red Sox, Astros, Indians, Brewers, Rockies, Dodgers, and the Braves.

Then it was time for the best of 5 divisional round, Yankees vs Red Sox and Astros vs Indians on the American league side, and Brewers vs Rockies and Dodgers vs Braves on the National League side. Houston swept Cleveland 7-2. The Dodgers almost beat the Braves but they couldn’t quite hold on with a score of 3-0. The Brewers won against the Rockies 4-0. The Yankees only managed to win one game before the Red Sox beat them in New York with a final score of 4-3.

That left only the Red Sox vs. the Astros and the Dodgers vs. the Brewers. The Red Sox defeated the Astros in 5 games, but it took the Dodgers a full seven games to beat the brewers. The world series was between the Dodgers and the Red Sox.

In Game 1 of the World Series the Red Sox took the win, 8-4 with a key home run from Red Sox Second baseman Eduardo Nunez.

In Game 2 The Red Sox with a good start from David Price, some good bullpen work as the Dodgers, only being able to score 2 runs, and the Red Sox with clutch hitting and fielding from Andrew Benintendi.

In Game 3, the Dodgers and Red Sox were tied at one for 12 innings before the Red Sox scored, but it didn’t last very long until the bottom of the 13th inning. Yasiel Puig hit what could’ve been a near game ending out. Instead, 2nd baseman Ian Kinsler overthrew the ball at first and a run scored tying the game. This game would keep going for another five innings. A baseball hero was formed in the shape of Nathan Eovaldi, who came in to pitch in the 12th for the Red Sox and pitched until the end. He had 4 shutout innings until giving up a solo shot to Max Muncy to win the game 3-2. They played a full 2 games of baseball that night and set record for the longest world series game ever at 7 hours and 20 minutes.

In Game 4, it was another Red Sox win after some highly questionable bullpen decisions from Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, former player of the Red Sox.

Game 5, the Dodgers hopes and dreams were broken when the Red Sox beat the Dodgers 5-1. The Dodgers had lost last year against Houston. This would also be the second time Clayton Kershaw would start the last game in hopes for a win and lose. He even was given the nickname, Clayton“Chokesaw”.

After the game, Steve Pearce, the Red Sox left fielder was congratulated with the World Series MVP, hitting .333 over the entire Postseason.

After all, the World Series win for the Red Sox is making people wonder if they’re the team of the century, this being their fourth win of the world series in the past 15 years (2004, 2007, 2013, 2018). All in all, it was a fun playoff to watch even though it wasn’t always the most exciting.