Tue, Oct 23, 9:52am by Staff Writer
Either the Boston Red Sox or the Los Angeles Dodgers will be crowned World Series champions in a matter of days, with game one of the World Series taking place on Wednesday.
Boston is the $1.67 favourites to win the series, with the Dodgers priced at $2.25.
The Red Sox last had World Series success in 2013, while its been nearly 30 years since the Dodgers have won the biggest prize in baseball.
Boston won a franchise-record 108 games during the regular season and that success has carried over into the post season.
They weren’t truly challenged against the New York Yankees and reigning World Series champion Houston Astros, dropping just two games against those teams.
Boston has been one of the most dominant teams in baseball during the past two decades and looks to cap off a stellar season with its fourth World Series title since 2004.
The Los Angeles Dodgers came close to winning the World Series last season and are the first National League team to feature in consecutive World Series’ since the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008-09.
There were concerns about the Red Sox’s pitching as they entered the playoffs ranked seventh out of 10 teams in pitching.
Ryan Brasier and Mat Barnes turned out to be huge asset’s for the team in their series against Houston, allowing just five hits and one run in more than 13 innings.
Boston’s starting pitcher is expected to have recovered from an illness that forced him out of game five against Houston to take his place in Wednesday’s opener.
The Red Sox have been the most prolific scorers in the postseason, amassing 56 runs, which is 14 more than any other team in the playoffs.
They led the MLB in runs scored (876), hits (1509) and batting average (.268) this season.
It is a different story for the Dodgers, who haven’t been able to continue their hot scoring form into the playoffs.
Los Angeles will have to correct its hitting against left-handed pitching if it wants to claim its first World Series since 1988.
On a positive note for the Dodgers, only Eduardo Rodriguez is a left-handed pitcher for Boston, so the Dodgers should look to take advantage of the Red Sox before the reliever enters the fray.
The series total games market is favouring a long series, with six or seven games both paying $2.87.
Either team to win via a series sweep is paying $6.50, while a five-game series is priced at $3.60.
In the series handicap market, it is Boston to cover by 1.5 games or more that is priced at $2.25.
With a close series predicted, the Dodgers at the +1.5 games is short priced at $1.53.
The series correct score market offers plenty of value, with the favoured option being Boston to win 4-2 at $4.55.
Boston to win 4-3 is the next best at $4.95. Los Angeles to win 4-3 is paying $6.15.
A Dodgers sweep is at $15.25, while a Red Sox sweep is priced at $10.50.
Boston outfield Mookie Betts is the World Series MVP favourite at $4.50.
His team mate J.D. Martinez is next best at $6.50, with the remainder of the field priced in double digits.
The first two games in the series take place at Fenway Park, with the next three at Dodgers Stadium.
Should the series go to six or seven games, they will be played in Boston.
MLB World Series Odds
Boston Red Sox $1.62
Los Angeles Dodgers $2.30
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