The 114th edition of the World Series is set to start between the National League (NL) Pennant winners the Los Angeles Dodgers and the American League (AL) Pennant winners the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox have home field advantage.
The Dodgers went 92-71 during the regular season and beat the Colorado Rockies in a one game tie breaker for the NL West Title before defeating the Atlanta Braves three games to one in the divisional series before beating the Milwaukee Brewers four games to three in the NLCS.
The Red Sox won the AL East Title and beat their arch-rivals the New York Yankees in four games before beating the defending World Series Champions the Houston Astros in five games in the ALCS.
This is the second meeting between the two teams, the last one being 102 years ago when the Red Sox beat the then Brooklyn Robins.
The Dodgers have won the World Series six times in 19 previous appearances in the World Series (1955, 1959, 1963, 1965, 1981, and 1988) while the Red Sox have won the World Series eight times in 12 previous appearances (1903, 1912, 1915, 1916, 1918, 2004, 2007, and 2013.)
The Red Sox did not win the World Series after their 1918 win until 2004 in what has become known as the “Curse of the Bambino” after they traded Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees. The Dodgers won the World Series once while they were in Brooklyn but another five times since their move to Los Angeles.
The World Series starts on October 23rd, with Game 7 scheduled on October 31st if required.
Look for the Dodgers to win the World Series in six games for their first title in the 21st Century.