The Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers open up the 2018 World Series at Fenway Park on Tuesday in the first true East Coast vs West Coast match-up since 1998.
Then the New York Yankees swept the San Diego Padres in four straight games for the first of three consecutive World Series titles that would continue with victories over the Atlanta Braves and the New York Mets in 1999 and 2000. Since then the Red Sox have won three World Series, defeating the St Louis Cardinals twice and the Colorado Rockies once.
Meanwhile, you have to go back to 1988 for the last time the Dodgers won the World Series when they got the better of the Oakland Athletics. For such a storied franchise it is surprising to realise that a whole generation has now grown up without LA being a dominant force.
On Tuesday, the Dodgers will send Clayton Kershaw, 80/1 to win the World Series MVP, to the mound with Boston set to counter with Chris Sale (25/1). Kershaw has something of a reputation of going missing in big games although the veteran left-hander did star in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Sale will be on the mound for the hosts after being scratched through illness against the defending World Series champion Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series. On paper that additional rest for Sale could be crucial if both pitchers pitch to their potential.
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