Red Sox champs in memorable 2018 MLB season

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Alphonso Adams, Staff writer

After the eight-plus month journey (figuring in spring training) known as the Major League Baseball season, the 2018 version ended with the Boston Red Sox winning their fourth World Series championship in the last 15 years, and their ninth overall.

The Red Sox led all teams in the regular season with 108 wins, and won 11 more in the playoffs to capture the World Series trophy yet again.

The Red Sox won the championship by first disposing of their rival, the New York Yankees, who also had a solid season by eclipsing 100 wins. After beating New York in the Divisional round, the Red Sox beat the Houston Astros, who also topped 100 wins, in the American League Championship Series.

The World Series then saw the Red Sox play the Los Angeles Dodgers for the first time since 1916, when the Dodgers still played in Brooklyn and were known as the Robins. The Dodgers had another great year, winning 92 games to capture the NL West and reach the playoffs for the sixth straight year.

Boston won the first two games of the Series at home before the Dodgers won Game 3 in 18 innings. The Red Sox then captured the final two games in LA to capture the title yet again.

In the National League, the Dodgers beat the Milwaukee Brewers in seven games to reach the World Series for the second straight year. They also won Game 7 in Milwaukee to reach the World Series. The Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves in the divisional round, while the Brewers swept the Colorado Rockies to reach the NLCS.

In Chicago baseball, it was another lackluster year for the White Sox, who lost 90 games yet again, though many experts feel like the South Siders are closer to being a competitive team than their record may show. That optimism took a hit, though, as Michael Kopech, the key return in the Chris Sale trade with the Red Sox, will have to undergo Tommy John surgery and will miss the 2019 season. Also, the team kept Eloy Jiminez, their key return in the Carlos Quintana trade with the Cubs, in the minors all year, never calling him up despite any experience he could have gained being a benefit to both him and the team.

As for the Cubs, it was another disappointing end to a season two years after snapping their 108-year drought in 2016. After leading the NL Central for most of the second half of the year, the Cubs lost to Milwaukee in Game 163 to lose the division, then fell in the Wild Card game to the Rockies.