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Adam Glanzman/Getty ImagesThere will be no shortage of star power on display in the 2018 World Series.The Boston Red Sox finished the regular season with the best record in baseball Adam Ottavino Jersey , as Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez led a high-powered offense and veteran lefties Chris Sale and David Price anchored a starting rotation that has hit its stride in October.The Los Angeles Dodgers needed a Game 163 to secure a sixth straight NL West title, but they're back in the World Series after the Milwaukee Brewers took them to seven games in the NLCS.Who will come out on top when two of baseball's most storied franchises do battle in a best-of-seven series for the 2018 World Series title?Ahead we've made a few bold predictions for this year's Fall Classic. There Will Be at Least One Major On-Field IncidentKevork Djansezian/Getty ImagesDodgers sluggers Manny Machado and Yasiel Puig tend to rub both opposing fans and players the wrong way at times, and that was on full display during their NLCS series with the Brewers.Bench-clearing incidents are usually few and far between in the World Series, as players don't want to risk being suspended for the most important games of their careers.That said, don't be surprised if we see some fireworks this year.Puig has always played with the pedal to the metal, and Machado has fully embraced the heel role ahead of his upcoming free agency.Whether it's a hard slide, a hit batter, trash-talking on the bases, or something else entirely, we're betting that someone is pushed a bit too far and things escalate to the point that the benches clear.Mookie Betts Will Shine at Second BaseThere's already been talk of the Red Sox using Mookie Betts at second base when the series shifts to Los Angeles. 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Martinez would then take over in right field, and the Red Sox would still have their two MVP candidates in the lineup.Betts played primarily second base at the start of his pro career, before moving to the outfield upon arriving in the big leagues, but that was five years ago.At the big league level, he's played a grand total of 128 innings at second base, with all but six of those coming during his rookie season.The other six innings came this season, and he handled his two defensive chances cleanly in that game.Christopher Smith SmittyOnMLBAlex Cora didn鈥檛 rule out Mookie Betts playing second base in the National League ParkSo what can we expect out of Betts in three full games when every out is crucial?Expect him to impress.The 26-year-old is one of the best athletes in the game, and while right field is a different animal entirely http://www.rockiesfanproshop.com/authentic-pat-valaika-jersey , you don't win won back-to-back Gold Glove awards in the outfield without possessing at least a few skills that translate to the dirt.Here's predicting at least one brilliant, run-saving defensive play from Betts at second base before the World Series is over.David Freese Will Add to His Postseason Resume with MVP HonorsJayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty ImagesDavid Freese authored one of the greatest postseasons in MLB history back in 2011 while he was playing with the St. Louis Cardinals.He hit .397/.465/.794 with eight doubles, five home runs and 21 RBI in 18 games, winning NLCS and World Series MVP after delivering one clutch hit after another.Now 35, he's settled into a platoon role with the Dodgers after coming over in an August trade, playing first base against left-handed pitching.He was 2-for-3 with a double and a home run in Game 6 of the NLCS, and he could play an even bigger role in the World Series.The Red Sox will send lefties Chris Sale and David Price to the mound in Games 1 and 2, and then presumably again in Games 5 and 6if the series gets that far.Freese hit .321/.387/.489 with six doubles and five home runs in 155 plate appearances against left-handed pitching during the regular season.We'll say the Dodgers win the series in six games and Freese adds another World Series MVP trophy to his resume, as he takes Sale and Price both deep at least once. All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs, unless otherwise noted. TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona went impotent on an important trip that came to a dreadful end Sunday, when Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp beat the Diamondbacks’ for the second straight game to flip the NL West standings.The Dodgers overtook the Diamondbacks for first place in the division by winning the final three games of a four-game series, capping Arizona’s punchless 2-5 trip, and Colorado moved into second place by one-half game.The Diamondbacks scored only 12 runs in the seven games and had a 20-inning scoreless drought in San Francisco. They hit five homers against the Dodgers but otherwise had trouble stringing hits together as they enter a two-game series against San Diego that begins Monday at Chase Field.Article continues below ...Arizona right-hander Zack Godley (14-7) is to oppose right-hander Bryan Mitchell (0-3) in the first game of the series.“It ebbs and flows at different times,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said of the offensive skid.“There are things that I would see improve. Everybody has the same discussion, and that’s hitting with men in scoring position and just being patient. There are times we don’t stay patient and remember the pressure is on the pitcher at all times. He has to execute and we are waiting for him to execute.“Some pitches are thrown to be hit and some pitches are not, and we have to remember that.”The Diamondbacks are ninth in the NL in runs scored after finishing in the top five in each of the previous seven seasons.Kemp hit a three-run homer off Archie Bradley in the eighth inning for a 3-2 victory Saturday Daniel Castro Jersey , and he doubled in two runs on Bradley’s first pitch in the ninth inning for a 3-2 walkoff victory Sunday.“I’m a little upset right now,” Bradley told reporters, adding, “to our fans, don’t panic. It’s only one loss.”Arizona has scored more than three runs once in its last 10 games, failing to back its stellar starting pitching, and it may not get any easier.Following the San Diego series, the D-backs are to play 20 straight games against teams that are over .500 and seem certain to stay that way. They finish this homestand with a four-game series against Atlanta before seven-game road trip to Colorado and Houston.Daniel Descalso’s homer in the top of the ninth Sunday gave Arizona a 2-1 lead.“This loss stings a bit because we clawed our way back and took the lead,” Descalso told reporters. “There have been a lot of low-scoring games and that’s the way it is when it’s high stress and you’re in a pennant race. You’re not going to blow out too many teams.”San Diego won four of six games on its homestand last week, sweeping two games from Seattle and winning the first two games of a four-game set against Colorado over the weekend.Outfielder Hunter Renfroe hit two homers Saturday and has four homers and 10 RBIs in his last seven games while riding a career-high 10-game hitting streak. He has 19 homers, one behind Christian Villanueva for the team lead, despite spending six weeks in the minors earlier in the season.“In high school, college, the minor leagues you’re the dude,” Renfroe told the San Diego Union Tribune.“You’re hitting fourth, you’re supposed to drive in runs, you’re supposed to lead your team and do the best you can. I think that’s kind of coming into fruition right now where I’m just doing the best I can and stuff is kind of falling for me ttp://www.rockiesfanproshop.com/authentic-tony-wolters-jersey , happening for me.”Godley, who has a 4.42 ERA, has won five of his last six decisions and has lost only once since July 1. He gave up two hits and one run in 7 2/3 innings in his most recent outing, a 3-1 victory at San Francisco last Wednesday.He has faced the Padres four times this season, once in relief in a 16-inning game July 8, and is 2-0 with a 4.67 ERA against them, with 24 strikeouts in 17 1/3 innings. He gave up six runs in five innings in a no-decision in his most recent start, Aug. 18 at San Diego. He is 3-3 with a 5.23 ERA in 13 career appearances against San Diego.Mitchell, who has a 7.08 ERA, is to make his 13th appearance of the season, his eighth start. He has not pitched since a relief outing June 5, when he gave up five runs in 2 2/3 innings. He was reinstated from the disabled list last Saturday after missing tie with a right elbow impingement.He has never faced the Diamondbacks.“We’re still in discovery mode as far as what guys are going to be with us going forward,” San Diego manager Andy Green told the paper.“He’s got an opportunity to get back to the point where he is a part of our future. He’s going to have to pitch his way there. Nothing is going to be handed to him. We’re definitely going to give him the ball and the opportunity.”

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