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Major League Baseball hasn't seen a repeat World Series champion since the New York Yankees reeled off three straight from 1998 through 2000.That drought will continue at least one more year after the Boston Red Sox bounced the Houston Astros out of the American League Championship Series with a 4-1 victory Thursday behind six scoreless innings and nine strikeoutsfrom David Price.It was the five-time All-Star's first win in 12 career postseason starts."He's never going to forget it Tyler Anderson Jersey ," center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr.told reporters. "I know I'm not."The Red Sox are still awaiting their opponent, as the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers go back to Wisconsin for Friday's Game 6. The Dodgers own a 3-2 advantage after Clayton Kershaw pitched them to a 5-2 win Wednesday.Since we're here to make predictions, we might as well start here: The Dodgers are going back to the World Series. They'll clinch their spot Friday behind Hyun-Jin Ryu and his superhuman 1.97 ERA.But we know you're here for more bold calls than that. After laying out the World Series' TV schedule, we'll examine three of our biggest and boldest below. 2018 World Series TV ScheduleGame 1: Tuesday, Oct. 23: Dodgers/Brewers at Red Sox; 8:09 p.m.Game 2: Wednesday, Oct. 24: Dodgers/Brewers at Red Sox;8:09 p.m.Game 3: Friday, Oct. 26: Red Sox at Dodgers/Brewers;8:09 p.m.Game 4: Saturday, Oct. 27: Red Sox at Dodgers/Brewers;8:09 p.m.*Game 5: Sunday, Oct. 28: Red Sox at Dodgers/Brewers;8:15 p.m.*Game 6: Tuesday, Oct. 30: Dodgers/Brewers at Red Sox;8:09 p.m.*Game 7: Wednesday, Oct. 31: Dodgers/Brewers at Red Sox;8:09 p.m.All times ET and all games on Fox Bold PredictionsCraigKimbrelWon't Allow a RunFile this under recency boldness鈥攁 category quite possibly created specifically for this article.Craig Kimbrel is a seven-time All-Star and four-time saves leader. For his career, he has a sub-2.00 ERA and a sub-1.00 WHIP. Just last season http://www.rockiesfanproshop.com/authentic-antonio-senzatela-jersey , those marks were 1.43 and 0.68, respectively.Normally, calling for a scoreless stretch from him isn't much different than predicting a sunrise. But if you tighten the lens to just this postseason, he's been as hittable as any of Boston's bullpen regulars.He's surrendered six hits, six walks and five runs (all earned) over 6.1 innings. He's had a single scoreless appearance in five chances.So why are we bullish about him bouncing back? For starters, this postseason hasn't erased Kimbrel's history. He's the same filthy pitcher he's always been, only he's stuck in a rough patch. It happens.Plus, something was spotted in his delivery鈥攂y former Red Sox closer Eric Gagne, of all people鈥攕uggesting he was tipping his pitches. The information reached Kimbrel before Game 5, and he needed just 14 pitches to send the Astros into summer vacation."We knew he was tipping his pitches yesterday and that he was gonna be fine," Boston skipper Alex Cora said, per MassLive.com's Chris Cotillo. "We saw his hands today. Yesterday they were up; today they were down. He was tipping his pitches for two weeks." David Price Will Win 2 More Postseason StartsTo suggest that a single victory can reroute the course of Price's entire playoff trajectory is madness Chris Rusin Jersey , right? Even after Thursday's gem, his career postseason ERA still sits at an unsightly 5.04. It was north of 13 in two of his first three playoff trips with the franchise.But his Game 5 performance had all the markings of a breakthrough.The deck was stacked against him. He was pitching on three days' rest and even less fresh than that sounds, considering he warmed up for a possible relief appearance the night before. He was facing a 103-win team that ranked among the 10 best offenses in runs (sixth), homers (10th), batting average (seventh) and OPS (seventh).Turns out none of it mattered.Price didn't simply deliver a clutch pitching performance鈥攖he guy wasdealing.Christopher Smith SmittyOnMLBRick Porcello on David Price:was throwing gas. The fastball was 95, 96. The changeup was devastating. That was one of the best efforts Ive ever seen in the postseason given the situation on short rest and (warming up in) the bullpen yesterday. Thats as impressive as you getquot;Pitcher List PitcherListBeautiful changeup from David Price to fan Carlos Correa mnUj8k3QHyBut that's the Price we've all come to know in the regular season. After watching him finally find his form in the playoffs, why can't he maintain that level?The Red Sox might need to follow his lead. Chris Sale has battled both injuries and illness. Rick Porcello had a rough go his last time out (seven hits, four runs, two homers in four innings). Nathan Eovaldi has been spectacular this postseason, but his career numbers say he's just average (44-53, 4.16 ERA).In other words, Boston might need a couple good ones out of its $217 million man. Look for Price to deliver under the bright lights again.The MVP Won't Be a 2018 All-StarThe list of World Series MVP winners isn't hurting for name recognition. We've seen time and again that superstars have a way of performing when pressure is at its highest.But sometimes the quirkiness of baseball can put unexpected heroes under the spotlight.Look no further than the ALCS http://www.rockiesfanproshop.com/authentic-wade-davis-jersey , where Bradley鈥攁 career .238 hitter with one 20-homer season鈥攕lugged his way to the MVP award with a double, two homers and nine RBI.Jayson Stark jaysonstStrange But True Alert:Jackie Bradley Jr. during the season: 0 XBH with the bases loaded.Jackie Bradley Jr. in Games 2 amp;amp; 3: A double amp;amp; now a HR with the bases loaded!October baseball is just funny like that sometimes.David Freese had 15 career homers when he surprisingly surged to being the 2011 World Series MVP. The 2010 honor went to Edgar Renteria, who hadn't been an All-Star since 2006 and didn't play an MLB game after 2011. Livan Hernandez entered the 1997 postseason with 99.1 career innings and left it with both the NLCS and World Series MVP awards.We'll say another unlikely star emerges this year, even though the series won't be lacking star power. The Red Sox and Brewers both had five All-Star representatives, while the Dodgers sent three.Still, there's a massive player pool behind that group, and it isn't short on candidates for any team. Would anyone be shocked by Price, Andrew Benintendi, Rafael Devers or Xander Bogaerts taking home the trophy for Boston? What about Kershaw, Cody Bellinger, Justin Turner or Joc Pederson for L.A.? Or Ryan Braun, Mike Moustakas or Travis Shaw for Milwaukee?All it takes is a few timely hits or a couple of shutdown pitching performances to shape the course of the series. We're guessing said contributions will come from a player who didn't participate in the Midseason Classic. OAKLAND Jon Gray Jersey , Calif. (AP) — Yankees slugger Aaron Judge took his first swings off a tee since breaking his right wrist July 26, a significant early step in what he hopes is a return to the field for New York in a couple of weeks.Judge, the reigning AL Rookie of the Year, took 25 dry swings Monday in Oakland’s center-field cage before taking another 25 off the tee at what he called 100 percent effort. He said he felt good enough in recent days and without pain that the decision was made he would begin hitting again.“Just moving in the right direction. Definitely a big step,” Judge said, sitting in the Oakland Coliseum dugout. “I’m kind of on track with what we kind of wanted to accomplish, so I’m excited about the progress we’re making so far. It feels good. So I’ve just got to keep moving forward, keep having good days and just keep kind of building off that. Hopefully ramp it up here in the next couple days and be back out there soon.”The next step for Judge is expected to be some more cage swings off the tee, then hitting soft toss and batting practice before live BP as soon as this weekend.With the minor league schedule complete, manager Aaron Boone said the Yankees will “get creative” in how to get Judge the at-bats he needs — perhaps with a combination of simulated games and some work at the club’s Tampa, Florida, complex. Boone was encouraged by Judge experiencing no discomfort and planned to discuss different scenarios with general manager Brian Cashman.“We definitely feel like he’s starting to build some momentum. For him to get to swing and hit off the tee and it go really well is obviously a great sign Adam Ottavino Jersey ,” Boone said before the afternoon opener of a three-game series against the Athletics. “I know he’s pleased with it and just starting to build momentum toward getting back, so today was a very good day of progress.”Boone doesn’t want to guess when Judge might be back in the Yankees’ lineup, saying it all will be based on how the right fielder responds after each step. And when Judge is ready, he will likely be back in right field as well as taking some games in the designated hitter spot.Judge was batting .285 with 26 homers, 20 doubles and 61 RBIs in 99 games before the injury, which happened when he was hit by a fastball from Kansas City’s Jakob Junis.“He’s excited about where he’s at,” Boone said. “Once we get through this weekend, if he continues to graduate then we start thinking about a possible timeline about maybe getting back. … I envision him once he’s able to be back that he’s a full-bore Aaron Judge player.”Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius, sidelined with a bruised left heel he hurt Aug. 19 in a collision with Toronto’s Kendrys Morales beating out an infield single, is set to run the bases Tuesday and Boone said he is “very close to a return.”
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