2020 World Series Preview: Dodgers vs. Rays

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

The Los Angeles Dodgers are a tradition-rich team. They advanced to their third World Series in four years. 

The Tampa Bay Rays; on the other hand, are playing in their second-ever World Series. In their first appearance at the grandest stage in baseball, they were defeated by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008. 

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger celebrates his game-winning home run against the Atlanta Braves in Game 7 in NLCS
Cody Bellinger celebrates his game-winning home run against the Atlanta Braves in Game 7 in NLCS (Photo by the Los Angeles Dodgers/Instagram)

The two teams will do battle on Tuesday night. All games of the series will be held at the MLB bubble site, Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas..

The MLB odds are favoring the LA Dodgers (-175) on Game 1, according to Sports Betting Dime.

Game 2 of the Series will be held on Wednesday night. After a day off on Thursday, they will face off again on Friday evening in Game 3. 

The Weekend will also feature Game 4 on Saturday and Game 5 on Sunday. If necessary, Game 6 will be on Tuesday, October 27th. 

The final game — if it comes down to it — will be on Wednesday, October 28. One year ago, the Washington Nationals defeated the Houston Astros in Game 7 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. 

The Dodgers lost their previous two World Series appearances. They were defeated by the Astros in 2017 and the Boston Red Sox in 2018. 

“I think every year is different,” said Kershaw, who is 2-1 with a 3.32 ERA in three 2020 playoff starts. “Obviously, postseason, you have that experience to draw on, so just trying to learn from that as best you can.

“At the same time, every year is different, every team is different. The Rays are a different team than the Astros (in the 2017 World Series) or Red Sox (in the 2018 World Series). I’m going to prepare like I always do and be as ready as I can be and be excited about another opportunity to get it done.”

Kershaw — who dealt with back spasms in the National League Championship Series — will receive the ball for the Dodgers in Game 1. He will be opposed by Tyler Glasgow, the Rays starter, who grew up in the Los Angeles area. 

He also regularly attended Dodgers games at Dodger Stadium when he was younger. 

“It’s unbelievable,” Glasnow said at a press conference. “I grew up watching him pitch. It’s a special moment for sure.”

This is a unique pairing. It is the No. 1 seed (Dodgers) in the National League vs. the No. 1 seed (Rays) in the American League.

“Two No. 1 seeds facing each other, that’s how you script it up,” Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier said. “It’s going to be a heck of a battle.”

According to ESPN’s Stats & Information, the two teams have the highest regular season combined win percentage at .692 in a World Series ever. Previously, it was the 1906 World Series featuring the Windy City’s Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox, who combined for a .690 mark.

The Cubs went 116-36, who largely carried the win percentage, before losing to the White Sox. 

It must be noted that this was a unique season, as MLB teams did not play their traditional 162-game schedule. Instead, the teams played just a 60-game schedule that began in July. 

In addition, according to ESPN, the Dodgers are the eighth team to win the League Championship Series after being down 3-1. The previous four teams, who overcame the deficit to advance to the World Series, all won the final series of the season. 

The Dodgers are looking for their seventh World Series Championship. Their last came in 1988. 

The Rays are looking for their first. Will it be two first-time champions in a row? We’re about to find out. 

When the Nationals won the World Series last October, it was their first championship in franchise history. 

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