Red Sox cap historic season with World Series victory

Boston takes down the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games; Steve Pearce was named Series MVP

Kyle Powell
October 29, 2018 - 4:41 pm

Photo: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

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108 regular season wins. An 11-3 postseason record; while taking down two fellow 100-win teams in the process. The Boston Red Sox are the 2018 World Series champions, as they took down the NL Champion Los Angeles Dodgers in five games.

The Red Sox dominated October and took home their fourth World Series victory since 2004. Boston has changed the dynamic of their franchise in these past 14 seasons as they have put "The Curse" far behind them en route to a decade-plus of overall dominance.

Led by rookie manager Alex Cora, Boston was carried all season long by a strong mix of All-Star level talent and timely role players.

Pitcher Chris Sale is an AL Cy Young candidate, and answered the bell for the final three outs of Game 5 in a make-shift closer role. He struck out Justin Turner, Enrique Hernandez and Manny Machado in order to clinch the series with a 5-1 win on Sunday.

Co-AL MVP candidates Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez each popped back-breaking home runs off the Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw on Sunday.

Left-handed pitcher David Price silenced critics by leaving his 0-9 postseason record in the past, as he rattled off three straight wins spanning the ALCS against the Houston Astros, and the World Series. Price fired seven-plus innings of one-run baseball in Game 5, and retired 14 consecutive Dodgers before being taken out in the eighth inning.

On the flipside, guys like Brock Holt (first-ever recorded postseason cycle in the ALDS against the New York Yankees), Mitch Moreland (three-run, pinch-hit home run off Dodgers' reliever Ryan Madson woke the Boston bats and fueled a 9-6 comeback victory), and World Series most valuable player Steve Pearce (4 HR, 9 RBI in the playoffs; 3 HR and eight of those RBI came in the World Series) showed that top to bottom, it was truly difficult to navigate this roster on a nightly basis.

It's been a while since we've seen a team put together this caliber of a season and end it with a World Series triumph. The last team to post more wins than these Red Sox, that also ended their season with the ultimate prize, was the New York Yankees 20 years ago. They, of course, posted a 114-48 regular season record before steamrolling all competition in the playoffs (11-2 record), including a World Series sweep of the San Diego Padres.

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