The Red Sox are in the World Series for the 13th time in franchise history, and they are seeking their ninth championship. They have never faced the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fall classic, though in 1916, they did defeat the Brooklyn Robins, who were the forerunners of the Dodgers.
Here are predictions by the Globe staff on how things will go in the best-of-seven championship series:
Red Sox in five. A 115-56 record counting the postseason is not some fluke. They’re that good.
Red Sox in six: My AL bias. Dodgers staff has not faced a lineup like this in the NL.
Red Sox in five: “I told you I could take care of those National League bums” — Babe Ruth when his Red Sox beat Brooklyn in five in 1916.
Dodgers in six. Spurred by last year’s Game 7 heartbreak, Dodgers finally cash in.
Red Sox in five. Dave Roberts’s Dodgers can steal just a lone win against Red Sox’ historic juggernaut.
Red Sox in five: In commemoration of the 1916 triumph over the Robins, the Red Sox once again will win in five.