More than half of MLB’s 30 teams made the playoffs this season, yet we’re still left with the best two clashing in the World Series. The Dodgers and Rays each eked out Game 7 wins in the Championship Series to get to this point in an October unlike no other.

L.A. returns to the Fall Classic for the third time in four years but is still in search of its first title since 1988. Tampa Bay, playing in its second World Series, has never won a championship. The biggest difference between these two clubs is not talent but, as you’ll hear ad nauseam over the next 10 or so days, money. The Dodgers spent a boatload on their team ($108 million in 2020, according to Spotrac) and the Rays, as per usual, did not ($28 million).

Regardless of the wildly different paths each organization took to this point, they’re both pennant winners, and they both would be a worthy World Series champion. So, who’s going to win it all?

From Sports Illustrated