Smith: Red Sox Could Repeat In 2019

Boston's core will return next season, which is good news for Red Sox fans – and bad news for the rest of baseball

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
October 29, 2018 - 4:22 pm

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The Boston Red Sox won their fourth World Series title of the last 15 years Sunday, beating the Dodgers, 5-1, in Los Angeles. David Price allowed one run on three hits in seven innings to win his third straight postseason start – and put a tired narrative to bed.

“It was a lot of fun for them,” MASSLIVE.com reporter Christopher Smith said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “David Price had kind of a passionate postgame. Obviously there’s the narrative about how he can’t win in the postseason and different things like that. He’s been criticized throughout his time in Boston. He said, ‘I now hold the trump card,’ and really kind of went at the media. He’s had a good relationship this year with the media, but he went after them a little bit after that win, and you know what? I guess he can say whatever he wants because he won a clinching game in the ALCS, he won Game 2 of the World Series and he won the clinching game of the World Series. So he is a winner now.”

So is Alex Cora, who won a World Series with the Astros in 2017 and with the Red Sox in 2018. He took over for John Farrell, increased the team’s win total from 93 to 108, and led the franchise to its first World Series title since 2013.

“Last year, there were players that didn’t get along with John Farrell, and the communication wasn’t very good,” Smith said. “The communication wasn’t very good between John Farrell and the media. Alex Cora has got everybody prepared. The pinch-hits in this series, it’s been unbelievable. Everybody, the communication, he gets everybody prepared. It’s also is important that he’s a bilingual manager and that he’s done well communication-wise (with keeping) the entire clubhouse together.”

The Red Sox will likely enter 2019 as favorites to win it all again. There will be changes, but the core will return.

“They’re going to move away from Craig Kimbrel,” Smith said. “I think he’ll sign elsewhere. I think they’ll go in a different direction closer-wise. I think David Price will be back. He has an opt-out clause, but he will be back. Joe Kelly, he’s going to be a free agent. He’s a Southern California guy. I wouldn’t be surprised if he signed with the Dodgers or Angels and went back home. 

“So there’s going to be some changes to this team,” Smith continued. “Dustin Pedroia comes back. They have to figure out that second base spot if he can’t. But the core is back. Sale is back. We shall see what comes of his arm and his shoulder issues if we learn any more in the next couple days, if they weren’t telling us everything, if it’s more serious than it was. He didn’t pitch that well after he came back from the DL. But it’s pretty much the same time. They have a chance (to win a World Series) again next year.”