Can Boston Repeat?

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By: Eric Boston @EricBoston3

The confetti has barely stopped falling at this point and already it is time to begin looking ahead.

The Boston Red Sox once again sit on top of the baseball world, winning their fourth championship since 2004.

Boston took down another of the game’s historic franchises, the Los Angeles Dodgers who were making their second consecutive trip to the Fall Classic. The Sox, who established themselves as the top team in all of Major League Baseball, basically from opening day, finished off the series win 4-1 in route to raising their ninth banner outside of Fenway Park.

Now there is one question on everyone’s mind…can they do it again in 2019?

One man who appears ready to find out is pitcher David Price.

Throughout his career, Price has historically struggled once reaching the post-season. This year he turned his fortunes around. He picked up the win in Game 2 against the Dodgers. Price was then warming up in the bullpen during Game 4 in case his team needed him before turning in a 7.0 IP, 3 hits, 1 ER performance in the Game 5 clincher.

This postseason performance could have meant a big payday for the 33-year-old who is one of the best regular season pitchers around. Exercising his playoff demons certainly helped his cause.

Instead, Price has exercised a player option that will keep him in Boston for the 2019 season. He was quoted saying, “This is why I came to Boston, [and] this is what I envisioned.” Apparently, Price expects another October run next season.

Honestly, why would he not?

The Red Sox are stacked with talent led by soon to be American League MVP Mookie Betts.

However, reaching the World Series two years in a row is difficult – just ask the Dodgers. Winning it all in back-to-back years even more so. In fact, no one has accomplished the feat since the New York Yankees won three straight in 1998-2000.

Those same Yankees will be looking to play spoiler to their rival’s hopes next season.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora may have given the pin strippers a little extra fuel as well.

During Boston’s championship parade, the skipper made a rather bold statement directed at the American League East foe when he said, “We scored 16 at Yankee Stadium (referring to the ALDS when the two teams squared off), suck on it.”

Baseball’s greatest rivalry may be ready to elevate to a new level in 2019.

First, though there is still a long offseason that teams will look to navigate. With a free agent class that should be loaded with top-talent, will the Sox determine they already have what it takes to return to the World Series? Will it be a case of the rich getting richer?

Leave us a comment below with your predictions for what 2019 holds for the newly crowned champs!

The World Series and its impact on the AL East were discussed on episode 13 of the Out of the Pen Podcast. Head over to our Podcast page to give it a listen. While there get caught up on past episodes and make sure to subscribe to the My Team, My Voice Podcast Network on your favorite podcast platform to hear each new episode.

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