World Series Preview: A Matchup 102 Years in the Making

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 22: Third base coach Carlos Febles and J.D. Martinez #28 of the Boston Red Sox look on during team workouts ahead of the 2018 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Fenway Park on October 22, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 22: Third base coach Carlos Febles and J.D. Martinez #28 of the Boston Red Sox look on during team workouts ahead of the 2018 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Fenway Park on October 22, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
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BOSTON, MA – OCTOBER 22: Chris Sale #41 of the Boston Red Sox speaks to the media during the press conference during the workout day for the 2018 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Fenway Park on Monday, October 22, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /

GAME ONE: CLAYTON KERSHAW VS. CHRIS SALE

Pick two elite pitchers to have face each other, chances are it will be these two guys. Clayton Kershaw and Chris Sale are the best in their leagues, and now we’ll get to see their dominance play out in the World Series.

Both of these pitchers have similar demeanors. They both focus on and work on continually getting better. Game one could feature a pitchers duel unlike any other.

The bullpens in this series are pretty evenly matched, with the Dodgers slightly edging out the Red Sox.

Craig Kimbrel and Kenley Jansen have both struggled, but are still postseason-worthy closers. Ryan Madson has been exactly who the Dodgers need him to be on the mound.

This series will feature Walker Buehler facing hitters like J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts. It will feature Rich Hill reuniting with the team that he spent parts of four seasons with.

The pitchers, however, will face an uphill battle because the lineups for both the Dodgers and the Red Sox are tough to strike out.