Dodgers Win World Series

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Nolan Brown, Sports Editor

In what proved to be an intense matchup between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Tampa Bay Rays, the Dodgers came out victorious after six games. Following an already unprecedented season which introduced a shortened 60 game season, a universal DH, and an expanded postseason, many new trends continued. This expanded bracket eliminated the home field advantage, with no team afforded the luxury of a native crowd, taking the World Series to Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas. For the Dodgers (their third World Series in four years) postseason experience came in full, with a chip on their shoulder to erase years of disappointment and end a 32 year skid in the Fall Classic. As for a young, widely underpaid Rays team, they fought many odds on their road to the series, one of six MLB teams that have yet to hold the coveted Commissioner’s Trophy. Confident as ever and riding on the waves of rookie sensation Randy Arozarena and star Brandon Lowe, it simply wasn’t enough to overtake the depth of LA’s lineup. With their backs against the wall, trailing 3-2 in the best of 4 series, Rays manager Kevin Cash turned to 2018 AL Cy Young winner and exemplary ace Blake Snell, who dealt 9 K’s through 6 innings, only allowing 2 hits. After his second hit of the night however, Cash pulled the plug, causing scrutiny over his controversial decision. On one end, Snell admitted to his disappointment, knowing he did “everything [he] could” in a widely dominant outing. Despite the success and outright capability of the Rays bullpen, the Dodgers did not hesitate to capitalize on the opportunity, manager Dave Roberts know that they were “not seeing him” and shortstop Corey Seager letting out a “sigh of relief” upon his hook. Soon after Snell’s removal Mookie Betts scored on a fielder’s choice, also providing a little 8th inning insurance with a 434 ft blast to left center off of Peter Fairbanks. Dodgers SS Corey Seager took home the Willie May’s MVP honors following his NLCS nod with the series win against the braves, capping off a tremendous postseason in which Seager hit 7 home runs, driving in 16, becoming only the eighth player in MLB history to take home both.