They have been considered to be the best team in baseball in the last five seasons. Coincidentally that is the amount of time that Dave Roberts has been the manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. They made it to the World Series in back-to-back seasons in 2017-18 and lost both times. This time the results ended up being different and it has solidified their standing in baseball.
This will be the second time the Tampa Bay Rays have appeared in the Fall Classic. The last time they were here was in 2008. They lost in 5 games to the Philadelphia Phillies. An interesting fact about them is that 2008 was the first year they had changed their nickname from the Devil Rays to just the Rays. They have been a far more successful franchise since that nickname change. For the Los Angeles Dodgers this will be their third World Series appearance in the last four seasons. They lost to Houston and Boston in back-to-back appearances in 2017 and ’18 respectively. They are hoping to finally win another championship in their storied history which hasn’t happened since 1988.
NL MVP – SS Javier Baez – Chicago Cubs
AL MVP – OF Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels
NL Cy Young – Mike Soroka – Atlanta Braves
AL Cy Young – Mike Clevinger – Cleveland Indians
NL Rookie of the Year – 3B Carter Kieboom – Washington Nationals
AL Rookie of the Year – OF Luis Robert – Chicago White Sox
NL Manager of the Year – Mike Shildt – St. Louis Cardinals
AL Manager of the Year – Bob Melvin – Oakland Athletics
They were 19-31 on May 24th. Exactly 10 games back in the National League East. I didn’t have them making the Postseason before the season started, but I figured they were good enough to finish 2nd in a tough division.
The last time a team from Washington D.C. played in the Fall Classic was in 1933. The Washington Senators lost in 5 games to the New York Giants. The only time the Senators won the World Series was in 1924 defeating the New York Giants in 7 games. That team eventually became the Minnesota Twins in 1961. The Senators still played in D.C. until 1971 when they became the Texas Rangers. Currently the Washington Nationals were once the Montreal Expos who had a storied history as well. The Montreal franchise never played in a World Series, but came close in 1981 and would have contended in 1994 if not for the strike. They will go up against the Houston Astros who will play in their third Fall Classic and their second in the last three seasons. This matchup promises to be very competitive in terms of the starting pitching each team boasts and the depth of their lineups. It will most likely come down to whose bullpen pitches better and which manager outwits the other.