By Mike Taber
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NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y. – The Boston Red Sox won the 2018 World Series over the Los Angeles Dodgers. This season, the Red Sox were not able to secure a spot in the playoffs. That means this season, a new team will be hoisting the trophy when all is said and done.
The Houston Astros, the New York Yankees and the Minnesota Twins are the top teams in the American League, but the Tampa Bay Rays are close behind as they defeated the Oakland Athletics in the AL Wild Card matchup.
In the National League, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Atlanta Braves all have a chance to play the fall classic, as do the Washington Nationals – they defeated the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Wild Card game
Teams like New York and St. Louis favor colder conditions and that’s trouble for other teams. Atlanta and Los Angeles favor warmer conditions. Houston and Tampa Bay have the luxury of a retractable roof at Minute Maid Park, and a dome at Tropicana Field respectively, so weather isn’t a factor for them.
I predict the Yankees will face the Dodgers in the World Series, for the 12th time in the history of the two storied franchise. Or the Astros will meet the Cardinals in the World Series.