Joel Embiid Should be Considered an MVP Candidate
It is only January and a lot of people are talking about either James Harden or Giannis Antetokounmpo to win the MVP, but what about Joel Embiid?
The MLB postseason has been an interesting ride up to this point. Fan interference was a major topic talked everywhere during Game 4 of the ALCS between the Boston Red Sox and the Houston Astros. It changed the outcome no matter how you look at it.
The Boston Red Sox defeated the Houston Astros in five games in the ALCS. They also defeated the New York Yankees in four games in the ALDS. Boston has not lost a game on the road this postseason.
The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Milwaukee Brewers in seven games in the NLCS. They also defeated the Milwaukee Brewers in four games in the NLDS. Los Angeles has just lost one game at home this postseason and they have lost three games on the road this postseason.
The World Series will begin on Tuesday night in Boston. It has gone seven games for the past three-out-of-four seasons. The Houston Astros won it all for the first time in franchise history last season.
Boston is in the World Series for the first time since 2013 and Los Angeles is in the World Series for the second consecutive season. The Red Sox have not won it all since 2013. The Dodgers have not won it all since 1988.
The pitching match ups for the first four games of this series will be: Game 1 Clayton Kershaw (2-1, 2.37 ERA) vs Chris Sale (1-0, 3.48 ERA), Game 2 Hyun-Jin Ryu (1-1, 4.40 ERA) vs David Price (1-1, 5.11 ERA), Game 3 (TBD) vs Walker Buehler (0-1, 5.40 ERA), and Game 4 (TBD) vs (TBD).
Possible x-factors: Dodgers: Walker Buehler, Ryan Madison, Max Muncy, and Joc Pederson. Red Sox: Brock Holt, Rafael Devers, Andrew Benintendi, and Joe Kelly.
Possible World Series MVP Candidates: Dodgers: Manny Machado, Cody Bellinger (NLCS MVP), Clayton Kershaw, and Justin Turner. Red Sox: Jackie Bradley Jr. (ALCS MVP), Mookie Betts, Chris Sale, and Xander Bogaerts.
(2) Los Angeles Dodgers vs (1) Boston Red Sox: These two teams are iconic to baseball. It also features two big markets. On paper, the Red Sox over match the Dodgers. Los Angeles is in the World Series for the second year in a row and I don't think they want to lose the World Series again this season. The Dodgers are over due, but the Red Sox were the best team in baseball during the regular season. Boston has a much deeper line up than Los Angeles does, but the starting pitching is even in this series. The difference in this series will be the battle of the bullpens and the managing. The pick: Boston in 5.