Staff picks: World Series

photo: Tim Heitman/USA Today Sports

By The Intrepid Staff

ARLINGTON, TX — The 116th World Series in Major League Baseball’s history will begin on Tuesday evening, with the American League’s Tampa Bay Rays pitted against the National League’s Los Angeles Dodgers.

Despite these franchises being built in very different ways (LAD payroll is nearly four times higher than TB), each team entered the playoffs as the No. 1 seed in their respective leagues. Here’s who our staff predicts will be crowned as baseball’s next champion.

Sean Casey, staff writer: Dodgers in 5

Series MVP: Cody Bellinger

As amazing as the Rays’ pitching has been, the Dodgers’ bats are going to be too much for them to handle.

LA also has a lot more experienced veterans that have been on this stage before, and I believe that the Dodgers are hungrier for this ring than the Rays are and will not be take their foot off the gas. TB will steal one game, but that’s all. The Dodgers are the best team in baseball, and they deserve this championship.

Jeff Uveino, editor-in-chief: Dodgers in 7

Series MVP: Cody Bellinger

It’s tempting to pick the darling Rays, but in the COVID-19 year of sports that has seemed to favor the top teams (Tampa Bay Lightning won Stanley Cup, LA Lakers won NBA Finals), the Dodgers get it done.

Too much depth and star power on the perennial contender.

Anthony Goss, staff writer: Dodgers in 7

Series MVP: Mookie Betts

Dustyn Green, staff writer: Dodgers in 4

Series MVP: Mookie Betts

Ryan Surmay, staff writer: Dodgers in 6

Series MVP: Cody Bellinger

Connor Raine, staff writer/photographer: Rays in 6

Series MVP: Randy Arozarena

Peter Byrne, staff writer: Rays in 7

Series MVP: Ji-Man Choi

Tom Doyle, staff writer: Dodgers in 7

Series MVP: Mookie Betts

Nic Gelyon, staff writer: Rays in 7

Series MVP: Ji-Man Choi

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