World Series Roster Update
October 29, 2018
Welcome to the bonus World Series R.B.I. Baseball Roster Update! The Postseason has come to a close and the Boston Red Sox are your 2018 World Series champions! The Fall Classic lived up to it’s name delivering plenty of lasting memories: Cody Bellinger nailing Ian Kinsler at the plate in Game Three, Eduardo Nunez’s pinch-hit tater to blow Game One wide open, both teams duking it out for 7 hours and 20 minutes in the longest Postseason game in history and much more!
In 2018, we made R.B.I. Baseball one of the most up to date baseball games available. Therefore, we thought it only fitting to wrap up the 2018 Postseason with one final roster update highlighting the best performances from the World Series. Let’s take a look at the player’s we’ve tuned:
The narrative that David Price doesn’t pitch well in the Postseason is now a thing of the past. Price threw 13.2 IP over two starts and one relief appearance in the World Series with a 1.98 ERA, a sub 1 WHIP, and 10 K’s. He clinched a win in Game Five going up against a Cy Young winner in Clayton Kershaw (he’d also clinched the ALCS with a win over Justin Verlander, another Cy Young winner) in what was a 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 K gem. We’ve boosted Price’s Stamina and Drop ratings.
Walker Buehler had a fantastic 2018 campaign finishing the year with a 2.62 ERA and a 9.90 K/9. The World Series however is a different beast entirely. So how did the 24-year-old do on the world’s biggest stage? He dominated. 7 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 BB and 7 K. Walker had his full arsenal working for him in Game Three. His four-seamer would frequently touch the upper 90’s often hitting 100, his curveball induced a lot of whiffs, and his cutter did the rest. We’ve boosted Buehler’s Curve and Stamina ratings.
Box scores don’t always reveal the truth about a player. While Eovaldi’s World Series stats were certainly impressive – 8 IP, 1.13 ERA, 0.50 WHIP, 6/1 K/BB ratio – it was Eovaldi’s selflessness and team first attitude that made his performance so memorable. Rick Porcello said of Eovaldi’s Game Three performance, “He literally gave everything he had on every single pitch and it was special.” We’ve boosted Eovaldi’s Drop, Curve, and Stamina ratings.
Steve Pearce has played for seven different teams in his Major League career. He’s the second player in history to have played for every team in the AL East (the first was Kelly Johnson). He’s also your World Series Most Valuable Player and it’s not hard to see why. Pearce played in all five World Series games, had 16 plate appearances and finished it all up with a .333/.500/1.167 slash line. He hit as many homers in one World Series as David Ortiz did in three. We’ve boosted Pearce’s Contact and Power ratings.
David Freese could arguably be one of the best acquisitions of the 2018 season. Traded to the Dodgers from the Pittsburgh Pirates, he was acquired to platoon against lefties. While Freese hits righties well (.273 average), he absolutely mashed lefties. In 2018, Freese’s slash against lefties was .321/.381/.489 which is good for a 140 wRC+ against lefties. That showed up in the World Series as Freese slashed .417/.500/.833; all of which led the Dodgers! We’ve boosted Freese’s Contact and Power ratings.
For a few years now, Justin Turner has been a contact machine and this World Series was no different. Justin Turner’s solid regular season (.312 avg) continued into the World Series where he slashed .333/.385/.417. He was tied for the lead in XBH amongst Dodgers and posted an impressive .801 OPS. We’ve boosted Turner’s Power and Contact ratings.