Dodgers: Three Reasons the Dodgers Still Have a Chance

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BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 24: Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is removed from the game during the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game Two of the 2018 World Series at Fenway Park on October 24, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 24: Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is removed from the game during the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game Two of the 2018 World Series at Fenway Park on October 24, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
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BOSTON, MA – OCTOBER 23: Manny Machado #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits into an RBI fielders choice during the fifth inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game One of the 2018 World Series at Fenway Park on October 23, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

The best is yet to come

The Dodgers have lost two close games to begin the World Series but they were in both games up until the very end.  The Dodgers have not even played their “B” game, let alone put together their “A” game yet.  This series feels a lot like the NLCS where the Dodgers began the series slow and then played better up until the end of the series with the exclusion of game six.

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In the World Series, the Dodgers have recorded just eleven hits in two games and five of those hits have come from Manny Machado and Justin Turner.  The rest of the Dodger lineup is destined for improvement.  Look for Max Muncy and Joc Pederson to ignite the Dodger offense over the next two games and help position the Dodgers to knot up the series.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Red Sox have played about as perfectly as they could play and the Dodgers still gave them a run for their money.  The Red Sox have hit .333 with runners in scoring position and a ridiculous .500 with runners in scoring position with two outs.  The Red Sox bullpen has also been perfect.  If the Dodgers could close out innings better this would be an entirely different series.

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The other added advantage that the Dodgers will have playing with National League rules for the next three games is that the Red Sox will have to play JD Martinez in their outfield and he is not a very good fielder at all.  The Red Sox will also have to play Mookie Betts at second base and while he has played there before, Betts is a gold glove type outfielder.  The Dodgers have their work cut out for them but they still have a shot to overcome their 2-0 series deficit.

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