World Series

Sunday, October 21 2018 @ 09:41 PM EDT

Contributed by: John Northey

Yup, its that time. Red Sox vs Dodgers for the first time since 1916 when the Dodgers were the Brooklyn Robins.

Red Sox won that one 4-1 with Babe Ruth winning a game (1 run over 14 innings, a complete extra inning game facing 48 hitters in his age 21 season) but going 0-5 as a hitter.

Somehow doubt we'll see a pitcher do that again in the World Series anytime soon.

The Red Sox have won the World Series 4 (edit - make that 3) times this century already, after winning it 5 times the past century (none after 1918 of course). They also have lost the WS 4 times in their history, all in the years between 1918 and 2004. A bit streaky those Red Sox.

The Dodgers have 6 titles, 1 in Brooklyn, last in 1988 plus a tie in 1890 (3-3-1) back when the post season was just an exhibition and no one cared much. 14 losses in the WS (including another exhibition year 1889), most recent being last year.

I think the only ex-Jay who played with the Dodgers this year was Pat Venditte (the switch pitcher) who is still on the 40 man roster but not on the playoff one AFAIK. The Red Sox on the other hand have Steve Pearce who as a Jays at the start of 2018 and in 8 games this playoff season has hit 269/387/423. David Price of course, is in the rotation and despite a 5.11 ERA has finally got that win as a starter he was so desperate for. We will see if he can do well again I'm sure.

In other news, the Jays are still hunting for a manager with the hunt supposedly down to a final 5 - Joe Espada (Astro's bench coach), David Bell (since hired by Reds), Rocco Baldelli (field coordinator Rays), Brandon Hyde (bench coach Cubs), and good ol' Ed Sprague (coordinator of instruction for the A's)(or someone else, he is listed as a maybe but not a lock to be in the final 5). I like the pedigree of most. Astros, Cubs, Rays, A's are all solid clubs who you would want to steal from.