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Mon 22/10/2018 - 07:47 EDT

Who Will Win The 2018 Baseball World Series?

Dodgers do things ‘the hard way’

The Los Angeles Dodgers were all but done and forgotten in May. Now, they are four wins away from a World Series title.

The National League champions were a dismal 16-26 (.381) on May 16. They have been on a roll ever since as they now travel to Fenway Park to face the Boston Red Sox in the best-of-seven championship series, which starts on Tuesday night.

The Red Sox, who finished the regular season with the best record in baseball at 108-54 (.667) are the prohibitive favorites at -145 on the World Series betting line (odds provided by Bovada). The Dodgers are the underdogs at +115.

“This is a team that doesn’t have ‘easy’ in the playbook,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said moments after a 5-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series.

“We like to do things the hard way. But it’s an extremely talented group, and one who’s really extremely focused on winning four more games and winning a World Series championship.”

World Series Odds Explained

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The Red Sox are making their 13th appearance in the Fall Classic. They have a franchise record of 8-4, last winning the title in 2013.

The American League champions are listed at -145 to beat the Dodgers, which means a bettor would have to wager $145 to make a $100 profit ($145 bet + $100 profit = $245 total return).

This is the second straight trip to the championship and 20th overall for the Dodgers, who are pegged at +115 on the Bovada betting line. That means a bettor would earn a profit of $115 on a $100 winning bet ($100 bet + $115 profit = $215 total return). The last time NL West Division champs won the World Series was 30 years ago in 1988.

Best Record in Baseball

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The Red Sox posted some staggering numbers in the regular season, which included the best record at home (57-24) and the second best on the road (51-30).

Boston has already defeated two teams in the playoffs that won at least 100 regular season games and they haven’t lost a game on the road (5-0) in the postseason.

The Red Sox did not meet the Dodgers this season in inter-league play, but they had an impressive 16-4 record against NL teams.

With five days rest,  AL MVP candidate Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez and Jackie Bradley Jr. are ready to lead the charge to the title.

The Dodgers, who are 12-8 this season against AL opponents, just might be out of gas after a grueling seven-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers. But they have been counted out many times this season and, really, what have they got to lose?

Manny Machado, the villain in the NLCS, has 11 hits in 11 postseason games with the Dodgers. As the cleanup hitter in the order, Machado needs to continue that production to keep L.A. in this series.

Prediction — Boston (-145). Manager Alex Cora has made all the right moves this postseason. There’s no stopping the Red Sox now.

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