Dodgers Know Their Challenge Has Not Been Met Yet

The Dodgers knocked off the Brewers in seven games to claim the NL pennant.

Now, however, comes the real challenge — a World Series matchup with the Boston Red Sox.

Team Apps Last WC
Braves 14 1995
Dodgers 12* 1988
A's 11 1989
Indians 11 1948
Rangers 8 None
Twins 7 1991
Angels 6 2002
Tigers 6 1984
Yankees 6 2009
Mets 6 1986
Pirates 6 1979

And the Dodgers know that their franchise, in particular, needs to win the world championship to feel like the season has been a success.

“We have got to finish the job this time,” said third baseman Justin Turner.

Last time, which was last October, the Dodgers lost in seven games to the Astros.

Big deal? Well, consider that the Dodgers are in the post-season for the 12th time since last winning a world championship, in 1998.

Right now, having failed to win a world championship in their last 11 post-season appearances is tied for the second-longest post-season streak without a world championship with the A’s, and Indians. The longest current streak belongs to the Braves, who have made 14 post-season appearances since their last world championship.

THE BREWERS couldn’t find relief for their own struggles in the post-season. They came up one win short of appearing in the World Series for only the second time since their inception as the expansion Seattle Pilots in 1969.

And relief is the key word for the Brewers, who didn’t merely set an LCS record for innings pitched by relief pitchers. They blew the rest of the field away. Brewers relievers worked 45 1/3 innings, 11 more than the previous record set by the Yankees in 2004.

The Dodgers weren’t shy about going to the bullpen, either. While their relievers worked 31 innings, compared to 45 1/3 for the Brewers, the Dodgers still tied the 2003 Marlins for fifth-highest work total for relievers in an LCS.

Bullpening

Team Season W-L SvOP G IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO ERA
Brewers 2018 2-3 1-2 7 45.1 37 17 17 2 15 2 68 3.38
Yankees 2004 1-2 2-4 7 34.1 41 18 18 7 16 0 25 4.72
Red Sox 2004 2-1 1-2 7 33.2 44 21 21 3 19 3 27 5.61
Mets 1999 2-1 1-2 6 32.1 20 8 8 1 21 9 32 2.23
Marlins 2003 3-1 2-3 6 31 25 14 13 6 9 3 30 3.77
Dodgers 2018 3-0 2-2 7 31 20 5 5 2 12 4 40 1.45
Cardinals 2012 1-0 2-2 7 30 25 10 10 3 9 0 27 3
Indians 1998 1-0 1-1 5 29.2 14 7 5 2 23 2 27 1.52
Cardinals 1996 1-1 1-1 7 29.1 35 19 19 5 15 3 25 5.83
Cardinals 2011 3-0 2-2 6 28.2 15 7 6 2 7 1 21 1.88

Dodgers shortstop Manny Macahdo has a long history with the Red Sox from his days with the Orioles, who are in the AL East along with the Red Sox. His 16 home runs are six more than the rest of the Dodgers combined. And he has 52 RBI, 18 more than the rest of the Dodgers combined.

Manny Knows (Red Sox) Best

Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG
Manny Machado 95 383 46 106 28 0 16 52 25 65 .277 .321 .475
Brian Dozier 40 154 21 36 10 0 4 11 14 42 .234 .294 .377
Chase Utley 33 129 13 31 4 2 3 11 10 23 .240 .293 .372
David Freese 16 53 5 12 2 1 1 5 7 7 .226 .333 .358
Chris Taylor 7 15 2 3 0 0 0 1 1 5 .200 .250 .200
Justin Turner 7 18 2 3 1 0 1 1 1 4 .167 .211 .389
Kike Hernandez 6 15 2 5 0 0 1 3 2 2 .333 .412 .533
Max Muncy 6 11 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 .000 .083 .000
Yasmani Grandal 3 8 0 3 1 0 0 0 3 2 .375 .545 .500
Matt Kemp 3 13 1 2 0 1 0 2 0 3 .154 .143 .308
Joc Pederson 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .000 .2 .000
Yasiel Puig 3 9 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 .222 .3 .222

J.D. Martinez has the most experience against the Dodgers of any Red Sox hitter — 76 at-bats. He has hit .263 with six home runs and 13 RBI. He also has struck out 22 times.

Red Sox Dodging LA

Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG
J.D. Martinez 20 76 13 20 4 1 6 13 10 22 .263 .349 .579
Eduardo Nunez 17 61 6 13 3 0 2 5 3 11 .213 .250 .361
Ian Kinsler 16 61 9 15 2 0 0 2 4 11 .246 .303 .279
Steve Pearce 16 42 3 10 3 0 3 7 2 6 .238 .273 .524
Dustin Pedroia 8 29 5 13 2 1 0 3 1 0 .448 .438 .586
Xander Bogaerts 5 17 1 5 0 0 0 1 0 3 .294 .278 .294
Sandy Leon 4 12 2 3 0 0 1 4 2 2 .250 .333 .500
Andrew Benintendi 3 8 1 3 0 0 0 2 0 1 .375 .375 .375
Mookie Betts 3 12 2 6 0 0 1 3 1 1 .500 .571 .750
Jackie Bradley Jr. 3 10 2 1 0 0 0 0 3 5 .1000 .308 0.1
Brock Holt 3 6 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 .167 .375 .167
Mitch Moreland 3 11 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 5 .182 .250 .182
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