World Series 2018 : The 2018 World Series commences Tuesday with the Boston Red Sox hosting the Los Angeles Dodgers at Fenway Park. After dropping the ALCS opener to Houston, the Red Sox knocked off the reigning World Series champs with four consecutive wins.
World Series 2018
Event: World Series, Game 1
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018
Where: Fenway Park, Boston
Time: 8:09 p.m. Eastern
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There will be no underdogs in the 114th World Series, which opens at Fenway Park on Tuesday. The Los Angeles Dodgers have gone three decades without a title but have spent about $1.4 billion in salaries to claim the last six National League West crowns. The Boston Red Sox, who will try to win their fourth championship in the last 15 seasons, outspent every other team this season, with a payroll of roughly $230 million.
Before you make any 2018 World Series picks, you need to see what the SportsLine Projection Model has to say. The computer model simulates the complete World Series 10,000 times — every conceivable pitch, at-bat and inning. It has been used to power projections at the three largest Fantasy sports sites. And it has been dialed in when it comes to L.A. and Boston, predicting a Red Sox vs. Dodgers World Series since the All-Star break.
Red Sox star J.D. Martinez is hitting .313 with nine RBI this postseason. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts is tops on the team with 10 hits and is batting .271. Boston reliever Craig Kimbrel has been knocked around a bit in the 2018 MLB playoffs, but is a perfect 5 for 5 in save opportunities despite a 7.11 ERA. He’s averaging more than one strikeout per inning.
At roughly $200 million, the Dodgers ranked third in payroll, trailing Boston and the San Francisco Giants, an also-ran team that proved money isn’t everything. It helps, of course, but for all of their spending, the Dodgers and the Red Sox have gone more than a century since their last World Series matchup.
That was in 1916, when the Red Sox beat the Brooklyn Robins in five games. A young Red Sox left-hander named Babe Ruth — then with just seven career home runs — went 14 innings to win Game 2 at Braves Field. The Red Sox played there to sell more tickets than they could have at Fenway, less than two miles away.