2018 World Series Boston Red Sox vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Baseball Odds Today: Red Sox Favored over Dodgers for World Series 2018

October 23, 2018 MLB Baseball, Sports Betting

Boston boasted the best record in baseball for the 2018 season.  At the same time the Red Sox were among the most profitable teams for baseball wagering action.  Owing to that is their status as a small favorite to win the World Series.  In view of the Dodgers gushing red ink since last September its understandable gamblers would be weary.  In fact, Los Angeles was a big-time money loser despite winning 92 games this season.  However, the Dodgers are fueled with motivation to atone for their World Series failure of 2017.  LA is yet to live that down.

2018 World Series Boston Red Sox vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Date and Time: Tuesday, October 23 through Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Location: Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts and Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California

2018 MLB Betting Odds at SBG:

TeamSpreadTotal
Dodgers+1½ (-155)7½ (+105)
Red Sox-1½ (+135)7½ (-125)
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2018 World Series TV Coverage:  FOX

Boston Red Sox

Boston won the American League pennant by topping defending World Series champion Houston in five games. Previously they defeated the Yankees in four games.  Hence the Red Sox remain highly profitable for baseball odds today.  First, Boston has a huge advantage on offense.  Likewise, the Red Sox were the highest scoring team in baseball.  They also led MLB in batting average and OPS.  At the same time Boston ranked only 14th for quality starts by their pitching staff.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Los Angeles won the National League pennant after a thrilling seven game series against Milwaukee.  At the beginning of the playoffs the Dodgers scored a four-game sports betting win over Atlanta.  Comparable to the Red Sox, LA is also a good run producing team.  Fashion the Dodgers ranking of fifth in MLB for scoring.  Additionally, LA ranked second in the Big Leagues for home runs.  Where the Dodgers may have an advantage is on the hill.  LA ranked sixth in MLB for quality starts.

Important Names on the Field

Boston is powered by JD Martinez.  To illuminate Martinez had 37 doubles, 43 home runs, 130 runs batted in while hitting .330.  Mookie Betts added 47 doubles, 32 home runs, and 129 runs scored for the Red Sox.  Accordingly, Betts hit .346 on the season.  Balanced against that is Max Muncy of the Dodgers.  Muncy hit 35 home runs but his average was just .263.  Concurrently Matt Kemp is an impressive threat for LA.  Kemp hit .290 with 25 doubles, 21 home runs and 85 RBI.

Team vs. Team

In the same way LA’s Clayton Kershaw is among the most respected starting pitchers in baseball.  Kershaw has a 2.61 earned run average in the playoffs so far.  Along the same lines Dodger closer Kenley Jansen has three saves and a zero ERA in the playoffs.  Counter to that is Boston closer Craig Kimbrel.  While Kimbrel has five saves his ERA is 7.11 in post season.  Boston starter Nathan Eovaldi has a 1.88 ERA in the playoffs with a 2-0 record.

Matchup to Watch

On the whole pitching usually makes the baseball odds today difference in the World Series.  As a consequence, Los Angeles offers potentially strong wagering value as the dog.  As mentioned earlier the Dodgers have highly effective pitching.

2018 World Series MLB Betting Odds Picks

In sum Los Angeles is a live dog with strong pitching and something to prove.

2018 World Series MLB Betting Online Pick: Los Angeles Dodger

2018 World Series MLB Betting Online Series Prediction: Dodgers four games, Red Sox two games.

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