With just two teams standing in the chase for the 2018 World Series and the favored Boston Red Sox looking to complete their ‘wire-to-wire’ campaign as the best team in all of baseball, now is a perfect time to analyze the odds to win this season’s Fall Classic.
Will Clayton Kershaw and the underdog Dodgers pull off the big, series-winning upset or will Jackie Bradley Jr. and red-hot BoSox finish off one final opponent en route to a title no one really saw coming?
Okay, with the start of the 2018 World Series getting underway in just over 24 hours, let’s get started.
Updated 2018 World Series Odds
Odds to Win the 2018 World Series
Los Angeles Dodgers
Well, I’ve got to give the Dodgers (99-75) some serious credit for reaching the 2018 World Series. Then again, maybe the fact that they did is an indictment against a National League that is so parity-laden that pretty much, no team is heads and shoulders above any other. Still, the fact of the matter is that the Dodgers managed to win 92 games to win the NL West before getting past Atlanta in the divisional round and then Milwaukee in a hard-fought seven-game NLCS.
Los Angeles ranked fifth in scoring (4.93 rpg), 14th in team batting average (.250), third in OPS (1.774) and second in home runs (235). Matt Kemp hit a team-high .290 with 21 home runs and 85 RBI, while Cody Bellinger added 25 dingers and Yasmani Grandal, 24 homers.
As good as the Dodgers were offensively, they were even better defensively. L.A. ranked second in team ERA (3.38), second in WHIP (1.15) and third in strikeouts (1,565). L.A. has a staff pitchers including, Clayton Kershaw (9-5, 2.73 ERA), Rich Hill (11-5, 3.66 ERA), and Hyun-Jin Ryu (7-3, 1.97) among others.
Boston Red Sox
Despite being the No. 7 pick on the board to win the 2018 World Series, the Boston Red Sox (115-56) have been phenomenal from the outset in winning an MLB-best 108 games during the regular season. The Red Sox ranked first in scoring (5.41 rpg), first in team batting average (.268) and first in OPS (.792)while also ranking ninth in home runs (208).
Mookie Betts led the Majors in batting average (.346) while smacking 32 home runs. J.D. Martinez finished second in all of baseball in batting average (.330) while hitting 43 dingers to finish second in the majors while driving in an MLB-best 130 runs.
Defensively, the BoSox were almost rock-solid in ranking eighth in team ERA (2.75), ninth in WHIP (1.25) and fourth in strikeouts (1,558).
Boston has a trio of elite starting pitchers in Rick Porcello (17-7, 4.28 ERA), David Price (16-7, 3.58 ERA) and Chris Sale (12-4, 2.11 ERA).
2018 World Series Prediction
I won’t waste a bunch of time with my World Series pick simply because I don’t see anyway whatsoever that Los Angeles manages to pull off the upset over a Boston Red Sox team that has had a date with destiny all season long. Boston has gone 59-26 at home heading into the World Series and an equally impressive 56-30 on the road. While L.A. has gone 50-37 on the road, they struggled mightily at home in going 49-38 at Dodgers Stadium.
Boston’s Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez have been the best two hitters in baseball all season long and Jackie Bradley Jr. is on fire. Rick Porcello, David Price and the returning Chris Sale will at least, match whatever L.A. gets out of their pitching staff and Boston’s far superior offense will find a way to score the timely runs they have all season long. Boston wins the 2018 World Series in Five Games.
World Series Pick: Boston in 5 Games