Dodgers vs Red Sox 2018 World Series Game 1 Odds & Prediction.

Dodgers vs Red Sox 2018 World Series Game 1 Odds & Prediction

Written by on October 22, 2018

With all due respect to the Houston Astros and Milwaukee Brewers, I promise you that Major League Baseball officials and the network executives at Fox are thrilled that the 2018 World Series features marquee franchises in the Red Sox and Dodgers. It should draw very big ratings and betting action at There’s no Game 1 line as of this writing because L.A.’s starter hasn’t been announced but we are pretty sure who it will be. The Sox are -170 favorites on the series line.


How to Bet Dodgers at Red Sox 2018 World Series Game 1 Odds & Game Info


  • When: Tuesday, 8:09 PM ET
  • Where: Fenway Park, Boston
  • Probable pitchers (away/home): Clayton Kershaw/Chris Sale
  • TV: Fox
  • Live Stream: Fox Sports Go
  • Radio: Los Angeles / Boston
  • 2018 World Series Game 1 Odds: Boston Red Sox -170

Weather Forecast

  • Chance of Rain: 11°C/51°F
  • Humidity: 72%
  • Precipitation: 35%
  • Cloud Cover: 66%
  • Wind: 9 mph SW
  • Stadium Type: Open


102 Years Later

The Dodgers have won the National League pennant 23 times. The Red Sox have won the AL pennant 14 times. Yet they have only met once before in the World Series — all the way back in 1916 when the Red Sox beat the Brooklyn Robins in five games. The Red Sox had a player named Babe Ruth then.


Why Bet on LA Dodgers?

The Dodgers won Game 7 of the NLCS in Milwaukee on Saturday night 5-1 to advance to the World Series for the second year in a row – they haven’t won it all since 1988. L.A. lost in seven to Houston last year.


Cody Bellinger hit a two-run home run, stole a base and scored twice in the Dodgers’ NLCS Game 7 win. He was named NLCS MVP. Bellinger hit what was the game-winning homer in the second inning, a two-run jack off Brewers starter Jhoulys Chacin that gave the Dodgers a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. He hit just .200 in the series, with four RBI, three runs scored and two stolen bases, but the stakes and importance of his Game 7 homer impressed the judges in choosing him as the series MVP.


Yasiel Puig went 3-for-4 with a three-run home run in Game 7. He’s now batting .310/.412/.517 in 11 playoff contests. Clayton Kershaw fired a scoreless ninth inning Saturday, but we think it still will be Kershaw starting Game 1. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said before the game that Kershaw was a near certainty to pitch at some point, and with a four-run lead, he called on his ace to get the final three outs. Kershaw did it with ease, getting Travis Shaw to ground out before fanning Jesus Aguilar and Mike Moustakas to end it. The inning was such a breeze for Kershaw — 15 pitches, nine strikes — that it’s almost a sure thing he starts the opener.


The Dodgers’ ace threw 98 pitches while twirling seven innings of one-run ball in last Wednesday’s Game 5 vs the Brewers. Kershaw pitched four scoreless innings in Game 7 of last year’s World Series — an eventual loss — only three days after throwing 94 pitches in a Game 5 start.


The Dodgers’ 3.38 ERA in the regular season led the NL and ranked second in the majors, behind only Houston’s 3.11 mark. The Dodgers also topped the NL in strikeouts (1,565) and WHIP (1.15), while ranking second with a .230 opponents’ batting average. L.A pitchers issued the fewest walks in the NL (422) and held opponents to an NL-best .290 OBP. The club’s 1,565 strikeouts established a franchise record for the third consecutive season. Dodger starters topped the NL in ERA (3.19), while the club’s relievers posted a 3.67 ERA (5th, NL). Kenley Jansen ranked second in the NL with 38 saves in 42 opportunities (90.5%). The Dodgers’ bullpen had a 1.45 ERA in the NLCS.


Why Bet on Boston?

The Red Sox finished Houston in five games with a 4-1 win in Houston on Thursday – Boston has yet to lose a road game in these playoffs. Jackie Bradley Jr. was named MVP of the 2018 ALCS. He hit a pair of homers — including a grand slam in Game 3 — in the series and also drew four walks. His average is just .200 in this postseason, but his .400 on-base percentage and he’s slugging .667.


Star outfielder Mookie Betts has been taking ground balls at second base and could man that position at Dodger Stadium in the World Series when Boston loses the DH. Red Sox manager Alex Cora said regular designated hitter J.D. Martinez will start every game of the series. He would have to man the outfield if he were to start in L.A. Second baseman Ian Kinsler is the weak link in the Red Sox lineup. Putting Betts at second base would keep Jackie Bradley in the lineup in center field.


With Kershaw expected to pitch Game 1, Red Sox manager Alex Cora will likely stack the deck with right-handed hitters, as he’s done against other lefties in this postseason. That should mean Steve Pearce will start at first base instead of Mitch Moreland, and Eduardo Nunez at third base instead of Rafael Devers, who belted a three-run homer in the clinching Game 5 of the ALCS against the Astros.


Dodgers at Red Sox is going to be a great World Series.


Cora said ace Chris Sale (illness) is healthy again and will start Game 1. Sale said Saturday that irritation from a belly-button ring caused him to miss his start in Game 5 of the ALCS but he was just messing with the media. Sale didn’t pitch Game 5 because of a stomach issue and was hospitalized last weekend.


He last pitched in Game 1 of the ALCS against the Astros and exhibited reduced velocity and poor command. Sale went 12-4 with a sparkling 2.11 ERA in 27 starts in the regular season. He is 1-0 with a 3.48 ERA in two starts and one relief appearance in the playoffs.


Sandy Leon is likely to serve as the Red Sox’s starting catcher for Game 1. While Christian Vazquez has functioned as the team’s primary backstop recently, Leon served as Chris Sale’s catcher for most of the season, and that’s likely to remain the case in the World Series as well. The 29-year-old is hitless in seven at-bats this postseason hit just .177 during the regular season.


Dodgers vs Red Sox 2018 World Series Game 1 Betting Trends

  • Dodgers are 1-4 in their last 5 games following a win
  • Red Sox are 10-3 in Sale’s last 13 Tuesday starts
  • Red Sox are 6-2 in Sale’s last 8 home starts
  • LA is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
  • LA is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of LA Dodgers’s last 6 games
  • Boston is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Boston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston’s last 5 games


Expert MLB Betting Prediction for Dodgers vs Red Sox

Boston wins a low-scoring Game 1.