David Samson: I Don't Know How Dodgers Can Beat Red Sox, Win World Series

David Samson believes the Dodgers are in trouble against the Red Sox

Taz and the Moose
October 29, 2018 - 7:25 am

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CBS Sports HQ MLB analyst David Samson couldn’t wait for Game 1 of the World Series. But by the time it was over, by the time the Red Sox beat the Dodgers 8-4 on Tuesday, he was, well, a little bummed.

“I was sad,” Samson said on Taz & The Moose. “I was so excited for the pitching matchup between Kershaw and Sale, and it’s like building up something that’s going to be great after a postseason of very few good starting pitching moments, back to good baseball, a crisp two-and-a-half hour game that would end 3-2 – and it just didn’t happen. Not even close. It was mediocre at best.”

Chris Sale allowed three runs on five hits, while Clayton Kershaw allowed five runs on seven hits – both in four innings. They combined for five walks and 12 strikeouts.

“(Sale) wasn't locating his fast ball properly, his slider was good, his changeup was only okay, and the Dodgers just were on it,” Samson said. “They were patient and they had a good approach against him, which is shocking given that they normally don’t have a good approach.”

The Red Sox tagged Kershaw for two runs in the first and never trailed.

“Kershaw, when he’s only throwing 90 – which is all he throws now – if his breaking ball isn’t crisp, he’s just ordinary, and he threw his breaking ball practically every single pitch,” Samson said. “The Red Sox are just a good, deep lineup, and you’re not going to get through that lineup by doing that. I just was disappointed. I don’t know how the Red Sox are going to lose four times out of the next six to the Dodgers, I’ll tell you that.”

The Red Sox won 108 games this season – the most in baseball – and are 8-2 in the postseason. 

“They have one quality that I loved and look for when building the team down in Miami as best we could: they don’t give away at-bats ever,” Samson said. “That, to me, is something that only good teams do – and (something) not even every good team can figure out. But one through nine, there is not one easy out. Even in our heyday with the Marlins, we had easy outs, and the Dodgers have easy outs. Almost every team does. The Red Sox just don’t. The Yankees have easy outs. 

“But when you go one through nine and when (Andrew) Benintendi is getting four hits and (Rafael) Devers gets a clutch hit – two-out hits are devastating for a team,” Sampson continued. “I’ve been there. When you think you’re getting out of an inning and all of a sudden you give up a hit that scores a run, it is deflating for the entire team both offensively and defensively. That’s what the Red Sox do every day.”