And we have a World Series. After tonight’s game, the Dodgers advance to face the Red Sox in the 2018 World Series.
NLCS: Dodgers at Brewers
The last few games, the one thing that a few friends and I have remarked is how sluggish the Dodgers seem, as if they lost their tenacity they had in the earlier series. But tonight, they only needed a few moments to ensure their continued spot in the postseason. Neither pitching staff was particularly dominant, giving up far too many hits but also collectively earning 26 total strikeouts.
In fact, all the runs tonight were a result of home runs. The Brewers went first with a 1-out solo home run in the 1st. But the Dodgers answered back with a lead-off single and 2-run home run in the 2nd to get the lead. They then ensured their victory in the 6th. Consecutive singles led off the inning. After an out, a fielder’s choice left runners on the corners and then a stolen base put runners in scoring position, which they then did with a big 3-run home run.
Final score: 5-1 Dodgers, Dodgers win series 4-3 and advance to the World Series.
Postseason Predictions: So, this round didn’t go as predicted in many ways.
(Key: *winner right, game count wrong; **winner and game count right; ~winner wrong, game count right; ~~both wrong.)
- Championship Series:
- NLCS: Dodgers over Brewers in 5 games* (7 games)
- ALCS: Astros over Red Sox in 5 games~ (Red Sox)
- World Series:
- Dodgers over Red Sox in 6 games
I might be slightly jaded by not wanting the Red Sox to win, and truthfully, they are technically the best team in baseball (with 108 regular season wins). As a Yankee fan, I just can’t find it in myself to hope for a Boston victory. That, and I really do think that the Dodgers could beat them if they keep up their momentum they seem to have rediscovered tonight. It’s going to be quite the battle, but it’s going to be one of those series.