The Pub Sports Radio Baseball Show: The Dodgers are One Win Away
By; Jose Bouquett (@josebouquett) & Andrew Santangelo (@aj_santangelo)
Los Angeles can taste their second title of 2020. The Dodgers took a 3-2 Series lead after last night’s 4-2 win. Are we surprised? No. This team has been dominant all year. I have been telling all who will listen that the Mookie Betts trade is the baseball equivalent of Kevin Durant going to the Golden State Warriors.
Now, they sit one game away from closing out the small-market Tampa Bay Rays who, honestly, have no business being in this series after a miracle win in game 4. I have loved every minute of the Rays’ run this postseason (I have a future on them that I made in March, so shout out to me), but it seems like the Dodgers’ offense is simply too much for the stable to contain. Truthfully, it’s not even the Rays’ pitching staff’s fault. Tyler Glasnow wasn’t spectacular yesterday; surrendering four earned runs and always having traffic on the bases was not ideal; however he made it through five innings and kept what could have been a blowout within striking distance of the Rays offense.
The real problem is that the Rays bats have been muted all series. Tampa Bay is hitting .228, OPS .708, and have relied heavily on the home run ball in a ballpark now notorious for its ability to hold balls in its confines. It’s been quite a disappointment, truth be told. Kershaw had his moments of brilliance and Dave Roberts managed his ass off after a disappointing previous game. Which has to lead us here, Tony Gonsolin vs. Blake Snell Tuesday night with a chance to clinch the Dodgers first World Series Title since 1988.
I don’t hear the fat lady singing yet, and neither do the Rays. I’m hoping for one more rollercoaster ride in Game Six. On the brink of elimination, I have a feeling the Rays bats have one more explosion, and they take Game Six to set up a JUICY Game 7.
- Nine different Dodgers batters have hit home runs this series, which is a record.
- Clayton Kershaw has overtaken Justin Verlander for the most all-time postseason strikeouts with 207
- Manuel Margot attempting to steal home is the first time it had happened in a World Series since 2002 when Brad Fuller stole home on a double steal (does that really count, though?) The last successful straight steal of home was in 1955 when Jackie Robinson stole home in Game One