Ranking reveals best (and worst) sports teams of 2018

The Golden State Warriors may have secured dynasty status with their third NBA title in four years, but that didn’t make them the best team of 2018. 

Other championship teams, including the Philadelphia Eagles, Villanova Wildcats and Alabama Crimson Tide, were in the conversation but fell short of that honor, as well. 

Based on a ranking by FiveThirtyEight, the best team across (almost) all sports in 2018 was none other than the 108-win, World Series champion Boston Red Sox. 

Somewhat surprisingly, 2018’s No. 2 team also hailed from the MLB – the Houston Astros, who fell to the Red Sox in this year’s ALCS, came in just behind the champs.

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Way-too-early 2019 World Series odds: Buckle up for another AL-dominated year

In 2018, the Houston Astros fell short of repeating as World Series champions. According to Las Vegas, the Boston Red Sox won’t have that problem. 

Of course, anything can happen between now and the 2019 Fall Classic. We’re still in the midst of what figures to be a busy offseason, with free agents like Bryce Harper and Manny Machado still on the market. The Red Sox spent big bucks to secure pitcher Nathan Eovaldi for the next four years, but likely won’t be keeping star closer Craig Kimbrel around. 

With so much movement still anticipated around the league, it’s silly to try to predict the future — but we miss baseball, so why not? Check out every team’s odds of winning the 2019 World series below, courtesy of Vegas Insider

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The best photos from the wild 2017 World Series

The 2017 World Series began with the shortest game in the championship’s history, but that quick and easy game sure wasn’t a sign of things to come.

After seven games, two finishes in extra innings, a seemingly endless amount of lead changes and more home runs than we’ve ever seen, a champion has finally been crowned.

The Houston Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of this year’s Fall Classic on Wednesday night — a win-or-go-home game for both rosters. The emotional win gave the Astros their first World Series title in franchise history.

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World Series studs you should watch — even if you don’t care about the game

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros are meeting in the World Series — a first for the Dodgers since 1988, and a major win for the city of Houston, which is recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.

If there isn’t a team your rooting for this Fall Classic, think again. There’s about to be a lot of athletic eye candy on your TV screen and social media timelines.

Whether you’re bitter about your team missing their chance or couldn’t tell an infielder from an outfielder, there’s one thing we can all appreciate: the players. They’ve worked hard to get to where they are, both physically and mentally, and deserve some love.

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Texas Rangers face backlash as series with Houston moved to Florida

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the Houston Astros have moved their upcoming home games across the Gulf to Florida.

The Astros will play two “home” series at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, which is the home of the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays will be on the road in Kansas City and Chicago while the Texas team takes up residence in their stadium.

The decision hasn’t come without backlash, however — though none is directed at the Astros.

The first of the Astros’ two series in St. Petersburg will be against the Texas Rangers, a team based out of Arlington, Texas, in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The Rangers’ home field is a good 250 miles northwest of the Astros’ Minute Maid Park.

Initially, the Astros had asked the Rangers to swap these home games with a scheduled series in Arlington in September. The Rangers host the Astros from September 25-27, but the team declined to play those games in Houston as a switch for playing this week’s series up North.

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The Houston Astros held a touching pre-game funeral in the outfield — for a glove

Carlos Beltran’s Baseball Reference page still lists him as a center fielder, but he hasn’t actually played an inning in the outfield in two months.

The Houston Astros have been using the 20-year veteran as their designated hitter since May (something they may want to reconsider given his .235 batting average), leaving his glove to collect dust on the shelf.

Beltran’s transition from center to DH has been difficult for many, and on Monday, his teammates came together to support each other and mourn the loss of a friend: Beltran’s outfield glove.

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