Boston defeated their arch rival Yankees in the American League Division Series, having won 108 regular season games. The Houston Astros were a much better match for Alex Cora’s Red Sox, but the 2017 champions were unable to live with the dominant pitching and red-hot line-up.
The Dodgers had a less relaxed journey to the World Series. Beating the Rockies in a 163rd game was stressful enough, before a belting seven-game Championship Series against the Milwaukee Brewers. A comfortable Division Series against the Braves was a reminder of the Dodgers’ National League dominance, however. Los Angeles have lost consecutive World Series.
The Red Sox were far superior in the Fall Classic, riding multiple career years and a wave of momentum that carried them from the first pitch of the regular season through to postseason glory.
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