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2018 World Series — Who Ya Got?

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With two teams (however disliked) so evenly matched, perhaps it won’t be stress-free viewing, after all

World Series - Los Angeles Dodgers v Boston Red Sox - Workout
Steely, Sleeveless: Clayton Kershaw appears to be co-opting Game 1 opponent Chris Sale’s bare-arms caveman gig.
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Despite katiesphil’s thoroughly-researched and well-concluded theory that the 2018 World Series is stress-free viewing for us Chicago White Sox fans, well, there’s still usually some reason to get worked up, no?

So that said, who ya got?

If you were to page back to preseason prognostications, you’d unearth via Podcast 0 that Brett had a Los Angeles Dodgers-Houston Astros rematch, with L.A. taking it all this time around, so technically, his “pick” still hold up.

If you were to page back to preseason prognostications, though, I’d prefer you not, because I wasn’t anywhere near the Boston Red Sox or Dodgers. Funny, something about playing every day for six months makes it seem like baseball should be more predictable, but what about 162 games (as opposed to half that in hockey and basketball, a tenth in football) would indicate so? Still, I fall for the charade every year.

Anyway, we can all clear our slates and go into picking a World Series champ at 50/50 now. Choose your flavor of evil empire. I’ll be honest, I don’t really get the Dodgers hate; Mary freakin’ Hart sits behind home plate, for crying out loud. Boston has some great talent, but the fans ... oh, the fans. I do so wish they might occupy that spot under a rock — poetically opining over the leaves turning, desperately hoping The Kid shoots them a grin or cap tip that day back in 1951 — they resided at until 2004.

So, anyway, with actual game discussion rolling tonight and Lurker Laura getting the pill for the Game 1 gamethread, here’s a spot for a little pre-Series chatter.

I’m not a betting gal, but Chris Sale is currently the favorite to be named World Series MVP. Lowest listed on the board, at 50/1, are Yasmani Grandal, Sandy Leon and Brian Dozier.

Poll

Who will be named the 2018 World Series MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 5%
    Cody Bellinger
    (2 votes)
  • 26%
    Mookie Betts
    (9 votes)
  • 0%
    Johnny Damon
    (0 votes)
  • 5%
    "The Field"
    (2 votes)
  • 8%
    Hawk Harrelson
    (3 votes)
  • 2%
    Kenley Jansen
    (1 vote)
  • 2%
    Clayton Kershaw
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Craig Kimbrel
    (0 votes)
  • 2%
    Tommy Lasorda
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Manny Machado
    (0 votes)
  • 8%
    J.D. Martinez
    (3 votes)
  • 2%
    Yasiel Puig
    (1 vote)
  • 17%
    Chris Sale
    (6 votes)
  • 11%
    Vin Scully
    (4 votes)
  • 2%
    Justin Turner
    (1 vote)
34 votes total Vote Now

The leading option for the Series itself is Boston in six.

Poll

Who will win the 2018 World Series?

This poll is closed

  • 3%
    Red Sox in 4
    (1 vote)
  • 15%
    Red Sox in 5
    (5 votes)
  • 43%
    Red Sox in 6
    (14 votes)
  • 12%
    Red Sox in 7
    (4 votes)
  • 3%
    Dodgers in 4
    (1 vote)
  • 3%
    Dodgers in 5
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Dodgers in 6
    (0 votes)
  • 18%
    Dodgers in 7
    (6 votes)
32 votes total Vote Now