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With the 2018 World Series matchup now set , the oddsmakers are weighing in.The Boston Red Sox enter the Fall Classic favored over the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to OddsShark:OddsShark OddsSharkWe have a World Series. Lookahead lines from earlier this week (BovadaOfficial):Dodgers EVENRed Sox -130Boston has been met with little resistance on its way to the American League pennant. Under first-year manager Alex Cora, the Red Sox cruised to the AL East crown by going a franchise-record 108-54 during the regular season. They took out the archrival New York Yankees in four games in the ALDS, and after dropping the opening game of the ALCS, they ran off four straight wins against the Houston Astros in the ALCS.Powered by AL MVP candidates J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts, the Red Sox have had the top offense in both the regular season and the postseason.Not only that, but former AL Cy Young award winner David Price appears to have exorcized his postseason demons. After his teams were winless in his first 10 career postseason starts, Boston went 2-0 in the five-time All-Star's ALCS starts. That includes six innings of three-hit, shutout baseball to close out the Astros in Game 5.If Price carries that momentum over, one of Boston's previous weaknesses could turn out to be a strength.Meanwhile, things weren't so easy for Los Angeles in the National League. The Dodgers (92-71) had to scratch and claw their way into the postseason, and they needed a 163rd game in order to win the NL West. They easily handled the Atlanta Braves in four games in the NLDS but were pushed to the limit by the red-hot Milwaukee Brewers in the NLCS.Ultimately, Los Angeles pulled out a 5-1 victory on the road at Miller Park to win its second consecutive NL pennant.The Dodgers are strong both on the mound and at the plate. Clayton Kershaw Jason Hammel Jersey , Walker Buehler andHyun-Jin Ryu have come up with big starts throughout the playoffs. Also, the offense ranked second only to the record-setting Yankees with 235 home runs.Los Angeleshad10players reach double digits, with seven reaching the 20 mark.Boston owns home-field advantage after finishing with the better record during the regular season. Game 1 will be played at Fenway Park, with first pitch on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 8:09 p.m. ET. LOS ANGELES鈥?The scene was familiar. The Los Angeles Dodgers hung their heads over the dugout railing as they watched the other team celebrate a World Seriestitle on their home turf. This, after dropping the 2018 Fall Classic in five games to the Boston Red Sox.They knew what to do. Slink down to the dugout steps. Pack up their stuff. Hug their teammates. Wish them a good offseason. Next year, some of them will be gone. There will be new faces mixing in, and this would be the last night the 2018 Dodgers gathered in their locker room. Together, in defeat."There's only one team that can win, and we know that, but it just hurts when you make it all the way and get second place,"Clayton Kershaw said. "So having done that two years in a row now , it doesn't make it any easier."The Dodgers head home for a second straight November, their hands empty once again. The last time they had an opportunity to raise a World Series title, they pushed the Houston Astrosto a Game 7 on Nov. 1. They spent the summer ruminating on everything they could've done better to flip the script this year, to ensure they wouldn't let the opportunity slip away if they made it back.The Red Sox plotted a different course and ripped any chance of a happy ending in Los Angeles away from the Dodgers, who were bullied throughout the five-game series by Boston's offense. The Dodgers looked overmatched."You have to give credit to the Red Sox," Kershaw said. "They're a great team. They won 108 games in the regular season. They beat two teams that also won a hundred games in the postseason and then beat us four games to one. 鈥?They're a great team. Not a lot of margin for error."Jae C. Hong/Associated PressChanges loom in Los Angeles. Clayton Kershaw, who would look like Spock on Tatooine in any other uniform, can opt out this offseason. Either way,as his velocity drops, so does his ability to match his reputation as the best pitcher of his generation.Manny Machado, like Yu Darvish before him, came into Dodger Stadium like a Kardashian, causing controversy and drama for his team at nearly every turn before leaving behind a potential mess. And Dodgers fans booed manager Dave Roberts during the pregame introductions of Game 5 , when his team still had a chance to earn its first World Series title since 1988."We've just got to go back out there, and I expect us to be back here next year, but celebrating on the field," Roberts said. "I think the culture, the players, as far as the large majority are in place."For the L.A. manager, the "us" may turn into "them." The Dodgers now face the dilemma of whether they should renew Roberts, whose contract expired after Sunday night's season finale, with a team option for 2019 looming.Decision after decision, night after night, Roberts made moves that swung momentum in favor of the city where he's a postseason hero. His performance in this World Series may have cost him any opportunity to do the same in Los Angeles.He overmanaged his bullpen, relying on Ryan Madson鈥攚ho let every inherited runner score in the World Series鈥攊nstead of Pedro Baez, who often made appearances after things had already gotten out of hand. After the game , Roberts danced around a question regarding his future.Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images"[Picking up the option] hasn't happened yet, and I'm just kind of feeling for the guys in the clubhouse right now and feeling their pain, the coaches, and all of that stuff," Roberts said. "There's time for all of that stuff."When the calendar flips to March 2019 and the Dodgers report to spring training, the clubhouse in Arizona may look drastically different. They could be without their ace, arguably their best position player and their manager.The Dodgers halfway stumbled into this window鈥攁nd into the World Series this year. They developed franchise cornerstones in Kershaw, Yasiel Puig and Walker Buehler, among many others, but in Justin Turner, Chris Taylor and Max Muncy, they found stars and contributors where nobody else could.Throughout the season, the Dodgers treaded water Cheslor Cuthbert Jersey , sitting in second and third place in the NL West before a late-season push netted themtheir sixth straight division title. These weren't the 104-win Dodgers from 2017, who won the most games since the franchise moved from Brooklyn after the 1957 season. The 2018 Dodgers didn't have enough.Given the depleted bullpen鈥攁 product of the seven-hour, 20-minuteGame 3 and the meltdown in Game 4鈥擪ershaw did all he could to try to bring this series back to Boston. This wasn't the choking Kershaw we've seen in postseasons past, but it also wasn't the ace who never posted an ERA above 2.31 from 2013 through 2017. His future in Los Angeles is now in question."I know the future questions are obviously coming for myself," Kershaw said. "I don't want to take away from tonight and what everybody is feeling. I never want to put the focus on just me or anything like that. 鈥?It will be an eventful three days for me, and I'll try to figure it out."Mark J. Terrill/Associated PressIn a series where Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez looked to be shades of their MVP-candidate selves, Kershaw allowed two home runs to Boston's star sluggers to sap Los Angeles of any hope it could push this series to seven games.And as their homers flew over the baby blue padded walls of Dodger Stadium, potentially, so too did Los Angeles' window at winning its first World Series in decades. Kershaw put his hands on his knees and looked up. Another year, another World Series strangled out of the Dodgers' grasp.Again, they'd come so far, only to watch others dance and celebrate on their field.
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