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the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox are co-favorites to win

Following the Wild Card Round ,the 2018 World Series.According to OddsShark, both Houston and Boston are listed at +325 (13-4) to win it all:OddsShark OddsSharkUpdated odds to win the World Series (BovadaOfficial):Astros +325Red Sox +325Dodgers +550Yankees +700Brewers +750Rockies +800Indians +850Braves +1200While three of the top four betting choices to win the World Series are American League teams, the Los Angeles Dodgers lead the way in the National League at +550 (11-2), making them the third choice overall behind the Astros and Red Sox.Houston is the reigning World Series champion, and after going 103-59 during the regular season, a repeat is within reach.The Astros boast arguably the best starting rotation in the postseason with Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Charlie Morton all enjoying All-Star seasons. They also have Dallas Keuchel, a lefty who is now thoroughly battle-tested in the playoffs.Perhaps the only team that can match them in that department is their American League Divisional Series opponent, the Cleveland Indians.Cleveland became the first team in MLB history to have four starting pitchers with 200 or more strikeouts in a season, with Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Trevor Bauer and Mike Clevinger all eclipsing that mark.The Indians cruised to the playoffs in the weak AL Central, but they have the lowest odds of any Junior Circuit team to win the World Series after going 91-71 in the regular season.Boston was baseball's best team during the regular season, posting a franchise-record 108 wins.The Red Sox have a deep and talented lineup anchored by a pair of leading AL MVP candidates in Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez.Pitching could be Boston's downfall Joe Blanton Jersey , though, as ace Chris Sale hasn't thrown more than five innings in a game since July due to injuries.David Price, Rick Porcello, Eduardo Rodriguez and Nathan Eovaldi make up the rest of the rotation, and all of them are as equally capable of laying an egg as they are of spinning a gem.Boston also has major question marks in the bullpen when it comes to bridging the gap from the starter to closer Craig Kimbrel.After the Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics 7-2 in the American League Wild Card Game, New York will look to take down its biggest rival in the ALDS.The Yankees set a Major League record with 267 home runs during the regular season, and they have the luxury of starting J.A. Happ in Game 1.This season, Happ posted a 1.99 ERA in four starts against the potent Red Sox lineup.While Houston and Boston are considered the class of the playoff field, they both face difficult ALDS opponents who have more than enough firepower to beat them in a short series. ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Adrian Beltre wants to stay healthy and help the last-place Texas Rangers finish strong in the last month of the season. Baseball’s active career hits leader isn’t saying if it will be the last few weeks of his Hall of Fame-caliber career.“I’m not thinking about next year yet,” Beltre said Monday. “That’s going to be in the offseason.”The 39-year-old third baseman has been bothered by hamstring issues throughout this season, his second year in a row going on the disabled list multiple times because of leg ailments. Beltre missed 28 games during two DL stints earlier this season, and has been primarily a designated hitter in the last month.What is certain is that Beltre will finish this season, his 21st in the majors Howie Kendrick Jersey , with the Rangers after the deadline passed Friday for players to join other teams and be eligible for postseason play.While Beltre’s only World Series appearance came in 2011, his first season with the Rangers, he has never been eager to leave Texas.“I’ve been here eight years. Like I’ve said before, the only way it was going to happen — me going somewhere — is if it made sense for both parties: me and the team,” Beltre said. “Obviously, they understand that for me, it’s always been important to have a chance to win the World Series. If something comes up, let me know, if it makes sense for them and (me). Obviously, it didn’t make sense for both of us.”Beltre and general manager Jon Daniels both acknowledged, without elaborating, that there was at least some discussion about a potential move last week.“There was a situation last week that presented itself. We talked about it with Adrian,” Daniels said. “It wasn’t, for a number of reasons Sean Doolittle Jersey , it just wasn’t the right fit. Mutually kind of decided.”Beltre went into Monday night’s game against the Los Angeles Angels with 3,144 career hits and 470 home runs. He was the DH for the ninth time in his last 10 starts, but said he was “close to 100 percent” and expected to play third base on Tuesday.A four-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove Award winner, Beltre has indicated that if he plays another season he wants to finish his career with the Rangers. This is the last year of his contract.“He’s said he doesn’t know what he’s going to do next year, if he’s going to play or not, and if he wanted to push and push for the trade, we would’ve honored that,” Daniels said. “For him not to have done so says a lot, how he feels about his teammates and the fans in particular. That piece of it, I’m in awe of.”

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