2018 World Series Teams, Bracket, Facts, and Games
We have come to the end of the Major League Baseball season, meaning one thing: it’s the 2018 World Series.
In one corner, you have the Boston Red Sox, champions of the American League. Boston ruled baseball’s regular season almost from wire to wire. Those who kept thinking they would tail off never got their wish. The Red Sox plowed through several very good American League teams to get here. For all intents and purposes, they are the prohibitive favorite.
Then, on the other side of the ring, it’s the Los Angeles Dodgers. They fought through a seven-game National League Championship Series while the Red Sox watched on their flatscreens. Los Angeles is in the Fall Classic back-to-back seasons; the last time they did that, they faced the Yankees twice in 1977 and 1978 (losing both). Without a doubt, they are hoping this time will be different.
Find out all about the biggest baseball series of 2018, including when to watch it and how these teams got here.
2018 World Series Teams: Boston Red Sox
108-54 record, American League East champions, best record in Major League Baseball.
Defeated the New York Yankees in four games in the ALDS.
Defeated the Houston Astros in five games in the ALCS.
First pennant since 2013 (BOS won World Series).
13th all-time World Series appearance; 8 World Championships all-time.
2018 World Series Teams: Los Angeles Dodgers
92-71 record, National League West champions. Defeated Colorado Rockies in one-game playoff for division title.
Def. Atlanta Braves in four games in the NLDS.
Def. Milwaukee Brewers in seven games in the NLCS.
Consecutive National League pennants for the first time in 40 years.
23rd all-time appearance in the World Series; 6 World Championships all-time.
Last World Series championship was in 1988.
Here’s how the two World Series teams got here.
2018 World Series Facts: Odds and Ends
First World Series meeting between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers in the latter’s present city; these franchises last met when the Dodgers were the Brooklyn Robins in 1916. They became the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1932 and the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1958.
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts played for the Boston Red Sox; it was his steal in Game 4 of the 2004 American League Championship Series that is credited with sparking the comeback against the New York Yankees. Ironically, it was the Dodgers who traded Roberts to the Red Sox at the deadline in 2004.
Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora spent the first seven years of his playing career with the Dodgers. He would also play four seasons with the Red Sox, winning the World Series in 2007.
Roberts and Cora were teammates on the Dodgers from 2002 to 2004.
Fans of basketball know of the Boston-Los Angeles connection. (You will hear “Beat LA” chants at Fenway.) The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers have met 12 times in the NBA Finals, with the most recent being in 2010 (Lakers won). Los Angeles only won three of those NBA Finals, however. In the regular season, the Celtics are 159-129 against the Lakers.
2018 World Series Games
|Tuesday, October 23, 2018 | 8:09pm ET | Fenway Park|
Andrew Benintendi went 4-for-5 in his World Series debut as the Boston Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 8-4. The Sox left fielder scored three times and batted in a run.
Dodgers designated hitter Matt Kemp homered in his first World Series at-bat.
Chris Sale (BOS) posted a no-decision, going four innings and allowing three runs, but striking out seven. Clayton Kershaw (LAD) took the loss, also going four full innings but allowing five earned runs.
|Wednesday, October 24, 2018 | 8:09pm ET | Fenway Park|
Two games through the World Series, and still not sure there is going to be a Game 5. Boston took care of their business at home, winning Game 2, 4-2, and taking a 2-0 lead out to the West Coast with them.
Given that the Red Sox have a commanding 2-0 lead, it is very unlikely that the Dodgers will return to win. If they do, however, Roberts knows something about that, having been the 2004 spark plug for the team he’s trying to eliminate.
Hyun-Jin Ryu (LAD) was the losing pitcher, going 4.2 IP with four runs allowed, though he was not on the mound for several of them. David Price (BOS) won after a quality start, allowing two earned runs in six innings. Boston’s bullpen threw three perfect innings in relief.
|Friday, October 26, 2018 | 8:09pm ET | Dodger Stadium|
Now we know there will be a Game 5, but anything beyond that? We’ll see. Both teams are still trying to get over this game, an 18-inning affair that ended up being the longest contest in World Series history.
Max Muncy of the Dodgers hit a walk-off home run in the 18th inning to deliver the win for Los Angeles.
|Saturday, October 27, 2018 | 8:09pm ET | Dodger Stadium|
If you thought Dave Roberts was going to get it both barrels in the first few games of this World Series, just wait until after Game 4. One media outlet is already saying the loss is completely on the Dodgers manager. (Link: Yahoo Sports)
You guessed it, the Red Sox won the game, 9-6, to take a commanding 3-1 edge in the World Series. It is for some a matter of how the Sox did it. No doubt the fans in New England were pleased to see their team rally from a deficit and plate nine runs starting in the seventh inning. This was right after the Dodgers striking for four in the sixth in what had been a quiet contest until that point.
Roberts again went to Ryan Madson, and he promptly allowed a three-run homer to get Boston back in the game. Not that the rest of the Dodgers bullpen got the job done, either.
It seems as though every button Alex Cora has pushed is right, and almost every one pushed by Roberts has been wrong. For a manager in his first year, not to mention his first World Series as a skipper, Cora has quite a feel for the game.
|Sunday, October 28, 2018 | 8:15pm ET | Dodger Stadium|
The Boston Red Sox have won the 2018 World Series. This came on the back of a 5-1 Boston victory in Game 5, with the Sox taking the series by a 4-1 margin. David Price won his second game, while Clayton Kershaw posted an 0-2 record with this loss.
It was the 9th championship all-time for the Boston Red Sox.
Soon, you will be able to see where we rank this Red Sox team among the World Series champions.