The Dodgers' championship drought is over
We began with 16 teams. We are down to 16 scenarios. With half of the 2020 postseason field remaining in the wake of the first-ever Wild Card Series round, 16 possible World Series matchups are still on the table as we head into the American League and National League Division
The Nationals' improbable October run ended with a championship
Another fan went topless during the World Series. A man at the Nationals’ ballpark viewing party ripped off his shirt and slid belly-first on one of the dugouts after Washington defeated the Astros, 7-2, Wednesday night in Game 7 in Houston for its first title in franchise history.
When they needed him most, he was there. That was true when they were a flailing franchise in possession of the first pick of the MLB Draft in 2009. And it was true when they handed him the ball for the win-or-go-home Game 6 of this World Series.
The 115th World Series made history.
Entering the seventh inning of World Series Game 7, the Nationals seemed in danger of losing quietly, without ever mounting much of an offensive threat.
What better way to kick off baseball’s two-day hiatus than by looking ahead to the upcoming Fall Classic? This year’s World Series feels like something of a throwback, featuring three powerhouse starting pitching matchups to get things going. It’s hard to imagine a better sextet of starters from two teams than Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander, and Zack Greinke on one end, with Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, and Patrick Corbin on the other.
As we stand on the doorstep of another postseason, it's time to break out the crystal ball and predict how baseball's best time of year will unfold. Below, our experts predict the World Series matchup and winner while discussing a bold prediction and dark horse candidate to reach the Fall Classic. As you take in the predictions below, remember the beauty of baseball lies in its unpredictability.
One win away from winning a World Series title in his rookie season as a manager, Alex Cora appears poised to make surprise moves right up until the champagne flows. Following Saturday's 9-6 triumph, which gave the Red Sox a commanding 3-1 lead over the Dodgers in the World Series, Cora matter-of-factly announced that David Price will start Sunday's Game 5 instead of ace Chris Sale.
After the epic effort of the Dodgers' 18-inning win in Game 3, you could argue that the epicenter of sports in the country is located in Los Angeles. LeBron James is the talk of the town after making his debut with the Los Angeles Lakers; the Los Angeles Rams are the only undefeated team in the NFL at 7-0, and the Los Angeles Dodgers are in the World Series for the second consecutive season, a feat they have not accomplished in 40 years.
It was about the 17th inning during the record-breaking World Series Game 3 between the Dodgers and Red Sox that it hit me. *Gulp*This is gonna be the impetus for commissioner Rob Manfred to put "pace of play" measures on extra-inning games, isn't it? To be clear, I don't know that Manfred was thinking this nor do I have any information on the matter other than the history here. We know Manfred is constantly pushing for quicker play. We know that ending a baseball game at 3:39 a.m. ET ... 2:39 a.m. CT ... 1:39 a.m. MT and even 12:39 locally for a World Series game is not necessarily a good thing for growing the game to reach new fans.
Although the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 of the 2018 World Series early Saturday morning, one of the game's most memorable performances belonged to Nathan Eovaldi, the pitcher who yielded the walk-off home run to Max Muncy in the 18th inning. It was Eovaldi, after all, who made his third relief appearance of the series -- that despite being scheduled to start Game 4 -- and who held the Dodgers to two runs (one earned) across six innings on 97 pitches. Essentially, he threw a hidden quality start.
Powered by Eduardo Nunez's three-run home run and Andrew Benintendi's four-hit night, the Boston Red Sox seized a quick lead in the World Series with their Game 1 victory on Tuesday. Despite a number of mishaps, the Los Angeles Dodgers should not hang their heads too much -- they chased Sox ace Chris Sale in the fifth and got into the Red Sox bullpen, as Boston manager Alex Cora used six relievers. Will that have an impact in Game 2 if L.A. can force Cora to go to his bullpen early again? No game in October is played in isolation.
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox will meet in the 2018 World Series, and that fresh reality has us pondering ... "Who will win the World Series this year?" We certainly don't know the answer to that question, so in lieu of thundering certainty we'll instead provide you with a brief walking tour of how these teams match up, along with whatever else comes to mind -- i.e., what you need to know as this best-of-seven clash for the belt and the title looms. Come with us, won't you?
Over the coming days and weeks, baseball historians and commentators will debate the merits of the 2017 World Series and put it in its proper place in history. Was it the best ever, or the third, fifth or seventh? That's a matter of personal opinion, and something that can be discussed on social media or neighborhood barstools across America for fans who are so inclined.
Maybe Sports Illustrated should start predicting the stock market. The magazine anointed the Houston Astros as YOUR 2017 WORLD SERIES CHAMPS -- more than three years ago. It may not seem like a bold pick the day after the young and talented Astros upset the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 to win the first title in franchise history. But in June 2014, when SI put the team on its cover, readers probably thought they were crazy. The Astros, the worst team in baseball the previous season, were in last place.
The Astros revitalized the foundering career of 33-year-old Charlie Morton in 2017. In turn, Morton helped deliver the franchise its first World Series title with a relief outing for the history books.
The Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 Wednesday night to win the franchise’s first World Series.
A mystery man who has won $14 million on the World Series will walk away with his winnings and not bet on Game 7.