The Red Sox win the 2018 World Series over the Dodgers 4 games to 1. It was a pretty one sided series with the Dodger's only win coming in an amazing 18 inning win. The Red Sox were able to win without getting much from their two best hitters (Betts and Martinez), they just pitched better and ground out at bats.
The Red Sox were the best team in baseball all season and are actually a fun team to watch. I follow them as my second team outside of the Phillies so I'm very familiar with the team and have followed them for years. Yes, they have the largest payroll in the sport, but the team also has a lot of home grown talent and only one player from the 2013 championship team was on this team. They've drafted well, which not only gave them most of their starters (Betts, Bradley Jr., Benintendi, Bogaerts, Devers and Vasquez), but gave them the assets to trade for Sale, etc,,, They spend, but they spend wisely.
In the playoffs, the Red Sox did something that historically, used to only be done in a seventh game scenario, where all hands are on deck. They routinely utilized their starters on their side days in games and in leverage situations out of the bullpen Porcello, Price, Sale and Eovaldi all pitched out of the bullpen during the playoffs and during the world series. I wonder if that will catch on in the future across the league for playoff baseball. Conversely, I wonder if that kind of high stress use will hurt those pitchers in the long run.
Manny Machado had a terrible series, not sure if his price comes down any because of it, but between his poor performance, his lack of hustling issues and his "dirty player" reputation all on display during the playoffs, I wonder if his price came down a little. As for another free agent that increased his value, Nathan Eovaldi was incredible and earned himself a big payday, he was throwing 102mph seeds with a 96mph hard cutter and a bugs bunny curve ball and after throwing an inning in each of the first two games, threw six innings of scintillating relief (97 pitches) in game 3, only to be a hard luck loser, but his performance definitely gave the team a boost.
Anyway, congrats to the Red Sox and let's hope the Phillies are hoisting the trophy in the near future.