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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MILWAUKEE, WI – OCTOBER 20: Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers makes a diving catch hit by Christian Yelich #22 of the Milwaukee Brewers during the fifth inning in Game Seven of the National League Championship Series at Miller Park on October 20, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

PITCHERS, BEWARE.

The sluggers in this lineup are in the World Series for a reason. J.D. Martinez had a breakout year in Boston and Max Muncy has found his swing in LA. Every hitter in each of these lineups will be hard to strike out, as the Red Sox hit well with runners in scoring position, and the Dodgers are patient and take their walks.

Here are the top sluggers to watch in this series

Mookie Betts:

Betts has been an offensive powerhouse for the Red Sox all season long. He won the AL batting title and slugged 32 homers on 180 hits in the regular season. His defense in right rivals that of his Dodgers counterpart Yasiel Puig but is a consistent threat at the plate.

J.D. Martinez:

The Dodgers are no stranger to seeing J.D Martinez in the postseason. He spent the second half of last season with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He’s been absolutely on fire all season long and goes into this series with two of the biggest things in baseball; consistency and familiarity.

Jackie Bradley Jr.:

JBJ, the reigning ALCS MVP for the Sox, had a monster championship series against the Astros and comes into this series as one of the strongest hitters in Boston’s powerhouse lineup.

Yasiel Puig:

Like Betts, Puig has been elite both at the plate and in right field, and comes into the World Series batting .333 in the postseason.

Manny Machado:

Machado is no stranger to Boston. He spent his entire career in Baltimore before being traded to the Dodgers this summer. He’s hit three homers so far this postseason with nine RBIs.

Cody Bellinger:

Like JBJ, Bellinger enters this series as the MVP. He’s played great postseason baseballs o far and looks to continue his dominance against the Sox in the series that matters most.

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This series is going to be a battle of two powerhouses. It has to potential to be one of the best World Series in history. Are you ready for some epic baseball?