Sports Illustrated released a new article on Saturday ranking the 10 best World Series games of the 2010s. It’s only fitting, considering this year’s matchup between the Nationals and Astros will be the last Fall Classic this decade. The series has provided plenty of drama and intensity over the last 10 years, and the Dodgers are no exception.
They provided so much drama in fact, that Sports Illustrated gave the Dodgers four spots, almost half of the entire list. The Dodger games ranked are as follows:
2018 World Series, Game Three
This game comes in at number seven on the list, and its one that all Dodger fans are familiar with. It was the 18 inning marathon that lasted over seven hours and was mercifully ended by a Max Muncy walkoff to give the Dodgers their only win of the 2018 series.
Sports Illustrated explains in their story that it was this game that actually put the Red Sox in position to win the World Series last year.
2018 World Series, Game Four
Coming in at number six on the list is the Dodgers’ late game implosion against the Red Sox that effectively sealed the team’s fate in 2018. After jumping out to a 4-0 lead, it seemed as if the Dodgers were on their way to tying the series heading into a game five at home. Boston clawed their way back into it however, and World Series MVP Steve Pearce hit a game-tying home run off Kenley Jansen in the top of the eighth inning. The bullpen’s troubles were far from over as Boston would go on to score five more runs in the top of the ninth to seal a 9-6 victory and a commanding 3-1 series lead over LA.
2017 World Series, Game Two
The Dodgers jump up to number four on the list with this game, another late-game implosion from the bullpen and possibly the one that changed the 2017 World Series.
The Dodgers were up in the top of the ninth, three outs away from taking a 2-0 lead in the series when Marwin Gonzalez hit a leadoff home run to tie the game. The game would go to extra innings, where both teams traded home runs like heavyweight boxers trading haymakers. The final blow was a two-run shot from George Springer to put the Astros up 7-5 in the 11th inning. Charlie Culberson (remember him?) would get one more solo shot for the Dodgers in the bottom half of the inning, but it wasn’t enough as the Dodgers fell in game two 7-6.
2017 World Series, Game Five
Sports Illustrated described their third-best World Series game of the 2010s in one phrase, “hold my beer.”
It seemed as though the Dodgers were in control with an early 4-0 lead, but then all Hell broke loose. SI summarizes the events that followed pretty well:
“After 10 innings and 25 runs, 5 hours and 17 minutes, seven homers and 28 hits, the Astros walked off the Dodgers in a 13-12 victory to take a 3-2 series lead. Sometimes pictures are more effective than words.”