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Brewers , the Los Angeles Dodgers won the National League pennant and clinched their place in the 2018 World Series against the Boston Red Sox.Boston, which will represent the American League, previously earned its spot after knocking out the defending champion Houston Astros in five games.The World Series will pit a pair of dynamic offenses against two excellent pitching staffs. During the regular season, both squads held top-10 rankings in runs scored and team ERA.No matter the result, this should be a gripping series to watch.How They Got HereBoston Red SoxALDS (best-of-five): Red Sox 3, New York Yankees 1ALCS (best-of-seven): Red Sox 4, Astros 1 Los Angeles DodgersNLDS (best-of-five): Dodgers 3, Atlanta Braves 1NLCS (best-of-seven): Dodgers 4, Brewers 32018 World Series ScheduleBillie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty ImagesGame 1, Oct. 23: Dodgers at Red Sox, 8:09 p.m. ETGame 2, Oct. 24: Dodgers at Red Sox, 8:09 p.m. ETGame 3 , Oct. 26: Red Sox at Dodgers, 8:09 p.m. ETGame 4, Oct. 27: Red Sox at Dodgers, 8:09 p.m. ETGame 5, Oct. 28*: Red Sox at Dodgers, 8:15 p.m. ETGame 6, Oct. 30*: Dodgers at Red Sox, 8:09 p.m. ETGame 7, Oct. 31*: Dodgers at Red Sox, 8:09 p.m. ETNote: *if necessary. All matchups will be televised on Fox.Players to WatchMookie Betts, RF, Boston Red SoxThe potential American League MVP, Mookie Betts posted a .346 batting average with 84 extra-base hit I during the regular season.Betts' scorching year at the plate hasn't continued in the playoffs. So far , he's mustered only eight hits in 39 total at-bats with three doubles, zero homers and three RBI.However, that doesn't mean he's not making an impact. Even excluding the controversial non-home run from Game 4 of the ALCS, Betts made several outstanding defensive plays. His most notable happened in Game 5, robbing Astros star Alex Bregman of extra bases.Despite only having eight hits and four walks, Betts has scored eight runs this postseason. If his excellence at the plate returns, Betts might add World Series MVP to an expanding trophy case. Clayton Kershaw, SP, Los Angeles DodgersKevork Djansezian/Getty ImagesClayton Kershaw is working toward becoming one of the greatest pitchers in major league history. Anyone who still disagrees, though, will quickly point out his minimal postseason success.Since 2013, the southpaw has opened 20 playoff game of which are considered quality starts (six-plus innings, three runs or fewer). Compared to his regular-season dominance Matt Andriese Jersey , that 55 percent rate is quite disappointing.Put simply, Kershaw's 9-8 overall record and ERA above 4.00 is disappointing.In Game 2 of the NLDS, he dominated the Braves with eight scoreless innings. Milwaukee pounced on Kershaw for five runs (four earned) during Game 2 of the NLCS, but he responded in Game 5 and allowed only one run over seven innings of work.Kershaw will likely start two World Series tilts, potentially being available in relief for Game 6 or 7, if needed. If he can finally thrive on the biggest stage, any doubts about his legacy will be eliminated.Follow Bleacher Report writer David Kenyon on Twitter Kenyon19_BR. Dustin Bradford/Getty ImagesIf the Los Angeles Dodgers are indeed interested in Bryce Harper and willing to offer him a long-term contract, it might be lights out for any other team's pursuit of the star outfielder, including the Philadelphia Phillies.According to Jon Morosi of the MLB Network, "SomePhillies officials have grown concerned Harper will sign with the Dodgers if they make an offer that comes close to Philly's. The ability to play close to home and train in Arizona both appeal to Harper, who is a Los Angeles Lakers fan."Morosi also reported the Dodgers may be willing to dedicate more money to Harper following Nolan Arenado's reported eight-year, $260 million contract extension with the Colorado Rockies hat includes a player opt-out after three years, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic Tuesday:Jon Morosi jonmorosiMore on #Dodgers as possible Bryce Harper destination: As a wise baseball friend reminded me , the Dodger front office was known to admire Nolan Arenado, who as of today is no longer an option. Suddenly, there is more room in the team future budget. MLB MLBNetworkWhile the Phillies have long been the favorites in the Harper sweepstakes, given their apparent willingness to spend as much money as it would take on a star this offseason, the tide appears to be shifting toward the Dodgers.The team even moved to the top of the odds to land him:B/R Betting br_bettingUpdated odds on Bryce Harper next teamDodgers: -150Phillies: +125Cubs: +4000Giants: +4500Braves: +5000Brewers: +5000Rockies: +5000Cardinals: +6500Nationals: +7500(via Bookmaker) pEIcCKyZFEJon Heyman of the MLB Network, meanwhile, has tweeted regularly about Harper's free agency and the Dodgers recent foray into the mix:Jon Heyman JonHeymanPhillies have offered Bryce Harper over $300M but word is others are over $300M, too. they believe they may have high bid but their confidence to win was dented a tad by emergence of LA (a desired Harper spot). Philly has to decide whether to keep faith or dip into the stupid $Jon Heyman JonHeymantheres been serious action among calfiornia teams lately. word is the padres checked back in on Bryce following news of LAs surprise emergence. the giants are also in, and one wonders whether even logical LAs renewed interest was triggered a bit by SF (amp;amp; their former gm Zaidi)Jon Heyman JonHeymanearlier, dodgers were only interested in short-term deal. is it possible they were granted meeting w/o long-term commitment due to desired locale/stage? possible. but as likely LA re-evaluated. short-term deal with certain super high AAV would also be worse for tax in near term.And MLB analystJim Bowdenbelieves the Dodgers should make a push for Harper, tweeting that the team "must realize with Arenado now not a free agent option...and the industry believing [Paul] Goldschmidt will eventually be extended by the St. Louis Cardinals and with no middle of the order bats in their system coming and [Clayton] Kershaw's shoulder barking...they need to pivot and make a strong run at Harper."From an offensive standpoint, Harper would, in essence Jesus Sucre Jersey , replace the departed Manny Machado, who signed with the San Diego Padres this offseason. In Philadelphia, meanwhile, he'd be a major upgrade in the outfield and pair with J.T. Realmuto, Rhys Hoskins, Jean Segura and Andrew McCutchen to give the team a fearsome lineup.With the multitude of reports suggesting Harper would prefer the Dodgers, however, the Phillies may need to seriously top any potential offer Los Angeles is willing to make. Or that's simply what agent Scott Boras wants Philly to believe and the Phillies are the only team even in the ballpark of what Boras and Harper are hoping to get in this contract.That's the situation the Phillies find themselves in. Are the Dodgers a legitimate threat, or are the Phillies simply bidding against themselves out of fear that another team is lurking?It's high-stakes poker, and it threatens to last into March, much to the chagrin of baseball fans.

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