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Play Ball! Who will win it all in the Fall of 2018? By Howard T. Brody Before the start of the 2017 Major League baseball season, oddsmakers here in Las Vegas were making the Chicago Cubs the favorite to repeat as world champions, but STRIPLV successfully predicted that the Houston Astros would win their first World Series. And even though we picked the Washington Nationals to represent the senior circuit in the Fall Classic (when in fact it was the Los Angeles Dodgers who took the Astros to seven games), we cannot help but double down on our bets for the 2018 campaign. This year, while some prognosticators like USA Today are sticking with the Astros to repeat, others like CBS Sports are picking the Cleveland Indians to finally break their dry spell and win a World Series for the first time since 1948. The Bleacher Report, however, has the New York Yankees winning it all. As for us, we predict that for the first time since 1933, a team based in Washington D.C. will not only host a World Series game, but for the first time since 1924— when Walter “The Big Train” Johnson led the Washington Senators to a victory over the New York Giants in seven games— the elusive world championship flag will fly over the nation’s capital. National League Projected Finish Eastern Division Washington Nationals New York Mets Philadelphia Phillies Atlanta Braves Miami Marlins Central Division Chicago Cubs St. Louis Cardinals (WC) Milwaukee Brewers Pittsburgh Pirates Cincinnati Reds Western Division Los Angeles Dodgers San Francisco Giants (WC) Arizona Diamondbacks Colorado Rockies San Diego Padres National League Both the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants should rebound from disappointing seasons, and while the Giants will make a Wild Card spot for the playoffs, the Mets won’t be as lucky. Look for the St. Louis Cardinals to edge out the Arizona Diamondbacks and Milwaukee Brewers for the second Wild Card spot. In the meantime, both the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs should have stellar seasons, but during the post-season it will be the Washington Nationals who get hot down the stretch and after eliminating the Dodgers in a rematch of last year’s National League championship, will go to the Fall Classic for the first time in franchise history.

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