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2018 World Series Predictions

Henry Pawelczyk: After notching the best regular season in franchise history, the Red Sox seem primed for a perfect ending to an unforgettable season.  If the middle relievers can continue to thrive despite their struggles throughout the regular season, the Red Sox should have no problem grabbing their first title since 2013.  To have any chance, the Dodgers will need a superstar performance from Manny Machado, but I like the Red Sox's lineup top to bottom to out-produce Los Angeles.

Prediction: Red Sox in 5

Ellen Gerst: Besides it just being high time for the Dodgers to reclaim their spot at the top of the league, they've proven themselves tenfold as the season has gone on. What other team could overcome losing their star shortstop, a flurry of injured players for the entire first half, and losing to the Giants -- the Giants! -- repeatedly in April, and STILL make it to the World Series? Only the Dodgers have the mojo (and the roster) it takes to literally go from zero to hero.

Prediction: Dodgers in 7

Patrick Carpenter: I had my concerns about how the Red Sox would fare in the playoffs after coming off an incredible 108-win regular season. The postseason rewards good bullpens, and any weaknesses in a team’s pitching staff are magnified. However, with their dismantling of a strong Astros team in the ALCS, the Red Sox proved that they have enough pitching to win close games. Sale, Porcello, and Eovaldi have been great — and David Price’s strong performance in the ALCS makes Boston that much more dangerous. The Dodgers return to the fall classic for the second year in a row, and they will be hungry to avenge last year’s defeat. But, they simply do not have enough firepower to keep up with a Red Sox team that seems to be firing on all cylinders.

Prediction: Red Sox in 6

Sydney Woolf: Despite my gross miscalculation of how the ALCS was going to play out (“Stros in 4” for those of you who follow me on Twitter), I’m picking the Dodgers to win it all. Boston has a strong offense, but I think LA’s starting rotation will prove to be their Achilles heel. The Red Sox are too reliant on their starters, which could become an issue against the home-run heavy Dodgers. Nonetheless, this will be a competitive series that could go either way, but there is not a single cell in my New York body that could consciously pick the Sox to take it home.

Prediction: Dodgers in 6

Joe Birdsall: Although one could argue that the Dodgers improved their lineup from last year’s 104-win season, the Red Sox have looked almost unstoppable of late, beating two 100+-win teams (the Yankees and Astros) en route to a World Series berth. Boston’s starting rotation has been mostly excellent throughout the postseason, but David Price’s performance will be critical in this series as he looks to exorcise his playoff demons. The rotation should also get plenty of run support, as a lineup headlined by J.D. Martinez and likely AL MVP Mookie Betts looks to continue to light up the scoreboard. Boston is just a much more complete team than Los Angeles, but expect the Dodgers to steal a game or two at home.

Prediction: Red Sox in 6

Emma Twombly: With 108 wins in the regular season and standing undefeated on the road in the postseason, not much can stop the Red Sox’ momentum now. After easily defeating the 100 win Yankees and the defending champion Astros, the Sox will take on the Dodgers who just finished a tough seven game NLCS. Coming off five days of rest and regaining starting pitcher Chris Sale, look for the Red Sox to “Beat LA” in this World Series.

Prediction: Red Sox in 5

Tommy O’Brien: The Dodgers are back trying to avenge last year’s heartbreak game 7 loss to the Astros. While Clayton Kershaw may be turning the corner from his previous postseason failures, the Red Sox are too talented across the board to lose 4 out of 7.  They’ll ride the backs of MVP candidates Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez to a World Series Victory.

Prediction: Red Sox in 6

Lillie Clifton: Whether it’s being born in Boston or the desire to win the long standing debate with my friend over who’s the better outfielder (Aaron Judge or Mookie Betts), my love of the Red Sox runs deep. I think coming off of a strong series win against the Yankees will help light the fire within every Red Sox player to go all the way.

Prediction: Red Sox in 5

Terence Flaherty: Despite doubts about their bullpen, Closer Craig Kimbrel tipping his pitches, and the loss of Chris Sale for one game (possibly but probably not due to a belly button ring infection), the Boston Red Sox were able to beat the Yankees and Astros thanks to some tremendous creativity by Manager Alex Cora. If this trend continues, and it likely will with rumors of Mookie Betts moving to second base for games at Dodger Stadium, then the Red Sox batters can seal the deal. Even Jackie Bradley Jr., once considered hopeless at the plate, has come up with huge hits this postseason, racking up 9 RBIs in the ALCS alone. The Red Sox should look like a team that won 16 more games than the Dodgers this year.

Prediction: Red Sox in 6

Andy Towriss: The Red Sox have dominated their past two opponents, and I don’t see them slowing down anytime soon. The Sox’s outfield has been an absolute force with big play makers in each position. On top of that, Boston has been great at home all season, and they hold home-field advantage through 7 games.

Prediction: Red Sox in 6

Matt DeMerlis: From top to bottom, the Red Sox lineup can do some damage and the pitching staff led by Sale, Price, Eovaldi, and Porcello has been clutch for the Sox throughout the postseason. If they can figure out how to stabilize the bullpen, then we should see the trophy back in Boston for the first time since 2013.

Prediction: Red Sox in 7, Benintendi wins MVP

Sean Rietzke: The Dodgers were one game away from winning it all last year and have since brought in Manny Machado to help seal the deal. The Dodgers are deep, experienced, and eager to eliminate their postseason demons from years past. I think their pitching will get the best of an explosive Boston lineup as Clayton Kershaw continues his excellent form. Expect a long slugfest of a series between these two juggernauts.

Prediction: Dodgers in 7

Brennan Rietzke: With how dominant the Red Sox have been this season, this one looks like it will have to go seven games for the Dodgers to pull off the upset. The Dodgers' pitching may give Boston more trouble than they already anticipate, as it is lefty heavy (Boston fared far better against right-handers this season). Along with the midseason addition of Manny Machado to a well-balanced line up, I think the Dodgers have the right formula to pull off the upset. Despite Boston’s sometimes shaky bullpen, they have the firepower to out score anyone. This will be a dogfight, but I’m following my gut and picking LA to stun Boston at Fenway.

Prediction: Dodgers in 7

Jake McNeill: Simply, the Red Sox are the hottest team in baseball, and the Dodgers don’t have the offensive firepower to keep up with the Boston bats.

Prediction: Red Sox in 5

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