World Series 2018 : When the World Series is between two of the three highest payrolls in baseball, you know something is broken. On paper, a Fall Classic between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox, which begins Tuesday, should be legendary.
World Series 2018 Game 3
Red Sox vs Dodgers Live
Date: Friday, Oct. 26
Time: 8:09 p.m. ET
Location: Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles
TV channel: Fox
Streaming: fuboTV (Try for free)
World Series 2018 Live
The 2018 World Series could have been legendary, a dawning of a new era of the sport. But it turns out money can buy you happiness. At least it can in baseball.
After defeating the Brewers in a decisive Game 7 on Saturday, the Dodgers are returning to the World Series for the second year in a row, capping off six consecutive years in the playoffs. They sit third in Spotrac’s real-time ranking of total team payroll, behind only
the Red Sox and the San Francisco Giants, at $199 million. The Sox likewise subscribe to the philosophy of throwing heaps of money (more than $228 million, to be precise) at big-name talent. Their reward? A 10th trip to the playoffs since 2003, and their fourth run at a World Series in that same timeframe.
Still, it’s easy to be cynical when the 2018 playoffs featured appearances by four of the seven highest payrolls in baseball (thanks to the Chicago Cubs and the New York Yankees, as well as the World Series contenders).
The Brewers, who spent the second lowest of all the playoff teams per win ($1.20 million), played the most unfamiliar game of baseball of all. After they swept the mid-market Colorado Rockies in the NLDS by using starting pitchers for a total of just 12 2/3 innings, their experiment seemed to be paying off. In the NLCS against the Dodgers — who started the season with more than twice the Brewers’ opening day $90 million payroll — Milwaukee even attempted to trip up L.A.’s lineup by “starting” a southpaw, only to pull him after one batter. Fox’s announcer, John Smoltz, admitted repeatedly on air to being baffled by their innovative gameplay. Sadly, such derring-do was unable to overcome the juggernaut from L.A.