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World Series appearances between them http://www.stlouiscardinalstea.....una-jersey , but the 2018 World Series is just the franchises' second meeting in the Fall Classic.The World Series, which begins Tuesday at Fenway Park, is the first championship series between the two since 1916.Boston has been one of the most successful teams over the past 20 years, as it won the 2004, 2007 and 2013 titles.The Dodgers, who are in search of their first title since 1988, are the third team to reach back-to-back World Series since 2010.As Tuesday inches closer, we will know more about how each team will approach the series. But for now, we have an idea of what will occur when the series opens in Boston.2018 World Series ScheduleGame 1:Tuesday, October 23 (8:09 p.m,., Fox)Game 2:Wednesday, October 24 (8:09 p.m., Fox)Game 3:Friday, October 26 (8:09 p.m,, Fox)Game 4:Saturday, October 27 (8:09 p.m., Fox)Game 5:Sunday, October 28 (8:15 p.m., Fox)*Game 6:Tuesday, October 30 (8:09 p.m., Fox)*Game 7:Wednesday, October 31 (8:09 p.m., Fox)**Ifnecessary.All times ET. Sale, Kershawin Line to Start Game 1The World Series pitching matchups haven't been released, but with the way the ALCS and NLCS played out, Game 1 could feature a battle of two of baseball's top pitchers.Boston ace Chris Sale only pitched in Game 1 of the ALCS, which should mean he will be more than fresh for the World Series opener Tuesday at Fenway Park.Elise Amendola/Associated PressOn the other hand, Kershaw started two games for the Dodgers in the NLCS, but since he started Game 5, he should be ready to go on regular rest.The one inning Kershaw threw at the conclusion of Game 7 on Saturday came on a day whenKershaw was going to throw a bullpen session anyway.Over the past two postseasons, the left-handed aces have been sharp for their respective sides, which leads us to believe a pitcher's duel will break out in Game 1.In his past three playoff starts, Sale's given up two earned runs and he tossed a scoreless inning in relief in Game 4 of the ALDS against the New York Yankees.Kershawmade eight starts and two relief appearances in the postseason in 2017 and 2018, and he achieved a 5-1 record in those outings.The Dodgers ace was roughed up for six earned runs in Game 5 of the 2017 World Series by the Houston Astros, but other than that, Kershaw hasn't given up more than four earned runs in one game during that span.If both pitchers throw the way they should in Game 1, the Fall Classic will open with a low-scoring affair that will be decided by the bullpens.Boston Appears to Enter with More Prolific OffenseOn paper, the Red Sox have the more threatening offense of the two World Series participants.Boston averaged 5.8 runs per game in the ALCS Whitey Herzog Jersey , while the Dodgers managed 3.2 runs per game in the NLCS.Even though Boston played two fewer games than Los Angeles, those numbers are still a good indication of what each lineup is capable of producing.In the NLCS, the Dodgers didn't score more than five runs, while the Red Sox eclipsed that total in three of their four victories in the ALCS.However, if you look a bit deeper, the offensive numbers of the two teamsare more similar.Both teams hit five home runs in the second round of the postseason, and they each had at least nine players knock in a run.Boston hit .233 as a team against the Houston Astros, while the Dodgers were .223 at the dish versus the Milwaukee Brewers.Mark J. Terrill/Associated PressThe World Series numbers for both teams should be right around their LCS totals given the amount of in-form pitchers on each side.The one factor that could play a role early in the series is the unfamiliarity between the sides. Most of the Red Sox hitters don't have a wealth of experience against the Dodgers pitchers and vice versa.Manny Machado is the only player with an advantage at the plate because he spent six seasons with the Baltimore Orioles.Follow Joe on Twitter, JTansey90. The heat of a pennant race can drive an MLB team to make big decisions.Among them is moving an established contributor who is slumping into a part-time role for the sake of the squad's short-term success. It's not always easy, but oftentimes the move has to be made for the good of the team.Ahead we'll take a closer look at five slumping players who need to be benched.In order to be considered for inclusion, a player needed to have a realistic chance of being benched, not just reduced production of late.For example, Carlos Correa is hitting .107/.219/.143 for the Houston Astros in eight games since returning from a back injury. Those numbers aren't pretty, but there's zero chance he'll be benched.Players also needed to have a viable in-house replacement for a benching to be considered.Yonder Alonso is the perfect example here. The Cleveland Indians first baseman is hitting .167/.211/.273 in August, but with Edwin Encarnacion on the disabled list and no potential minor league help, his spot in the lineup is safe.Make sense? Let's get started.Greg Bird, New York Yankees1 of 5Julie Jacobson/Associated PressSeason Stats:274 PA, .211/.303/.414, 11 HR, 35 RBISecond-Half Stats:110 PA, .206/.282/.351, 3 HR, 14 RBIAugust Stats:68 PA, .148/.235/.295, 2 HR, 8 RBIIt's not that Greg Bird is in a slump so much as this entire season has been a trying one for the young first baseman.After missing the 2016 season recovering from surgery on a torn labrum, Bird was shelved once again last year with an ankle injury that cost him nearly four months. However, he returned to post an .846 OPS with six home runs and 16 RBI in September and then homered three times and posted a .426 on-base percentage and .938 OPS in 13 postseason games.The 25-year-old looked primed to deliver a long-awaited breakout season in 2018. Instead, he's struggled mightily鈥攑articularly of late鈥攅n route to a 91 OPS+ and minus-0.2 WAR.Back-to-back games with a home run Saturday and Sunday have provided some hope that he might be gearing up for another late-season surge, but the Yankees would be wise to have a backup plan lined up.Potential Replacement:Mike FordFord, 26, is hitting a modest .252/.326/.437 with 14 home runs and 43 RBI at Triple-A this season.While that might not seem like an upgrade at surface level, he's been red-hot of late, hitting .318/.375/.515 in August with nine extra-base hits in 72 plate appearances.Giving him a call-up and a handful of starts to see if his hot hitting will carry over to the next level looks like a worthwhile move.Ian Desmond, Colorado Rockies2 of 5David Zalubowski/Associated PressSeason Stats:470 PA, .233/.302/.434, 19 HR, 67 RBISecond-Half Stats:100 PA, .228/.280/.359, 1 HR http://www.stlouiscardinalstea.....una-jersey , 11 RBIAugust Stats:62 PA, .190/.226/.293, 0 HR, 8 RBIThe Colorado Rockies no doubt feel a sense of obligation to continue giving Ian Desmond playing time.After all, his $22 million salary makes him the highest-paid player on the roster, and he's scheduled to earn another $38 million over the next three years.The 32-year-old debuted with a thud last season after signing a five-year, $70 million deal in free agency, posting a 73 OPS+ in 373 plate appearances and a minus-1.1 WAR.While his numbers are up a bit this season and he's managed to stay healthy, he's still been a below-average performer offensively (84 OPS+) and a negative-value player (-0.3 WAR).As the Rockies look to chase down a playoff berth, it's getting harder and harder to justify playing him regularly.Potential Replacement:Matt HollidayHolliday began his pro career in the Colorado organization as a seventh-round pick in the 1998 draft. He spent his first five MLB seasons with the Rockies and finished second in NL MVP voting in 2007 when he led the NL in batting average (.340), hits (216), doubles (50) and RBI (137).After spending last season with the New York Yankees on a one-year deal, Holliday lingered in free agency this offseason until rejoining the Rockies with a minor league pact July 29.The 38-year-old has quickly shaken off the rust, hitting .347/.458/.612 with four doubles, three home runs and 13 RBI in 14 games at Triple-A Albuquerque.He's a potential in-house upgrade over Desmond at first base, and he brings a veteran presence with plenty of big-game experience to a relatively young locker room.Odubel Herrera, Philadelphia Phillies3 of 5Adam Glanzman/Getty ImagesSeason Stats:494 PA, .268/.320/.441, 19 HR, 62 RBISecond-Half Stats:101 PA, .237/.297/.366, 3 HR, 10 RBIAugust Stats:50 PA, .184/.200/.224, 0 HR, 4 RBIThe wheels are already in motion on a diminished role for Odubel Herrera.The 2016 NL All-Star started the season strong with an excellent .313/.377/.485 line over the first two months, but his production has been steadily declining since.He was finally dropped from third in the batting order to sixth on Aug. 5, and he slid to seventh on Aug. 14 and eighth for the first time Sunday.A move down to eighth in the batting order helped spark Maikel Franco earlier this season, but he didn't have someone breathing down his neck for playing time.Herrera does. Potential Replacement:Roman QuinnMatt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote, "It's time to sit Herrera and give Roman Quinn a chance in an expanded role."He has a point.Quinn is hitting .293/.310/.415 with four extra-base hits and four stolen bases in 42 plate appearances since being recalled from the minors July 27. With game-changing speed and excellent defense, he has a chance to be a real spark plug for the contending Phillies.The 25-year-old has had a tough time staying healthy in recent seasons, but now that he's at 100 percent, it's time to see what he can do with a regular role.Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers4 of 5Dustin Bradford/Getty ImagesSeason Stats:424 PA, .284/.335/.477, 18 HR, 69 RBISecond-Half Stats:100 PA, .195/.280/.322, 3 HR, 9 RBIAugust Stats:54 PA Orlando Cepeda Jersey , .188/.259/.271, 1 HR, 5 RBIThis is more about keeping Matt Kemp fresh than it is about relegating him to the bench.The 33-year-old was nothing short of a savior for the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first half of the season, shouldering the run production load when Corey Seager was lost for the season and Justin Turner was also watching from the sidelines.However, his production has fallen off dramatically since the All-Star break, and that's not a unique phenomenon.Last season, he hit .293/.340/.486 with 12 home runs and 40 RBI for the Atlanta Braves in the first half, but those numbers dipped to .243/.272/.417 after the break鈥攊ncluding a brutal .170/.182/.396 line over the final month of the season.While his production has taken a similar turn this season, he's still capable of making an impact, as evidenced by his 4-for-12 showing that included a home run this past weekend in a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners.It's just a matter of figuring out how to get the most out of him going forward, and regular rest could be the answer.Potential Replacement:Alex VerdugoVerdugo has nothing left to prove in the minors.The 22-year-old is a .310/.367/.445 hitter over parts of five minor league seasons, including a .335/.390/.481 line at Triple-A Oklahoma City in 2018.He's also held his own in big league action this year, posting a .280/.345/.440 line with five doubles and one home run in 56 plate appearances.Recalling him from the minors and using him as a fourth starting outfielder of sorts to keep everyone fresh for the stretch run would give the Dodgers an opportunity to get his bat into the lineup and provide Kemp with some needed rest.Two birds, one stone.Mitch Moreland, Boston Red Sox5 of 5Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty ImagesSeason Stats:370 PA, .256/.322/.467, 14 HR, 63 RBISecond-Half Stats:84 PA, .188/.214/.363, 3 HR, 17 RBIAugust Stats:55 PA, .212/.236/.423, 2 HR, 15 RBIMitch Moreland was an All-Star for the first time this season on the strength of a .278/.353/.500 line that included 11 home runs and 46 RBI.However, he's gone ice-cold at the plate since the break.The 32-year-old still provides value with his strong defense at first base, and the Red Sox boast the best offense in baseball, so they aren't hurting for production.Still, as they gear up for a potential World Series run, it might be worth exploring other options.Potential Replacements:Steve Pearce and Sam TravisThe Red Sox acquired Steve Pearce from the Toronto Blue Jays on June 28, and he's proved to be a huge addition, hitting .301/.422/.616 with six home runs and 15 RBI in 26 games.As usual, Pearce has crushed left-handed pitching to the tune of a .338/.420/.620 line on the year. However, he's also holding his own against righties, posting a .259/.358/.519 line that includes six home runs in 95 plate appearances.Giving him an expanded role could be one way to increase production at the first base position.The Red Sox could also turn to Sam Travis, a former top prospect who has seen his star fade in recent seasons but has been swinging it well of late.The 24-year-old is hitting .320/.341/.416 in 31 games at Triple-A since returning from a brief promotion to the majors July 16. He's already on the 40-man roster, so at least a September call-up seems likely. All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs and accurate through Aug. 19.
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