World Series Game 1 W/ Andrew Santangelo
By; Andrew Santangelo (@aj_santangelo)
The 60 game regular season, the Wild Card round, the Divisional round, and now the Championship round is officially completed. This leaves the Tampa Bay Rays against the Los Angeles Dodgers for the battle of the 2020 World Series. This series will be filled with many talents across the board from the pitching standpoint all the way to the bottom of the lineups as well. The Tampa Bay Rays will be looking for their first World Series championship in franchise history, as this is the second one they have been to first since 2008. The Dodgers, on the other hand, will look for their seventh championship and first since the 1988 season.
This Rays team finished the American League with the best record while winning the AL East. They are led by one of the strongest rotations backed up by a tremendous bullpen. The trio of Tyler Glasnow, Blake Snell, and Charlie Morton will lead them into the World Series. The offense, while as been backed by different players throughout the regular season, has been led by ALCS MVP in Randy Arozarena. The Havana, Cuba native, is hitting .382 with seven home runs and 10RBIs throughout the postseason. He will need to continue this hot-hitting if the Rays want to find success in this world series. The more under the radar star that needs to step up if Tampa Bay wants to hoist the trophy is Manuel Margot. His defense has been phenomenal, but at the top of the lineup, he needs to be the table-setter. The San Cristobal, Dominican Republic native, has hit .256 with five home runs and 11 RBIs in the postseason to date.
The Dodgers have been the favorites since day one of the seasons. They backed it up by having the best record in baseball through the regular season and now reaching the World Series. The NL Champions come in after completing a 3-1 series comeback over the Atlanta Braves, will look to ride that momentum through the series. Dodgers will use Clayton Kershaw Walker Buehler at the top of the rotation. Dodgers will look to use their experience after making three of the last four World Series, now looking to win. Mookie Betts won with the Red Sox in 2018 over the Dodgers. Their star hitters of Betts, Cody Bellinger, Corey Seager, will look to power them to win. The Dodgers to step up will have to be Enrique Hernandez, who hit two big time home runs in the championship series, will play a factor in this one as well, providing a spark at the bottom of the order.
The matchup to keep an eye on is the Rays bullpen versus the Dodgers offense. The Rays bullpen has been the best in baseball through the 2020 season but showed signs of a little fatigue and let the Astros offense start to get them. This will be the best offense they have faced to this date. Will the Dodgers bats prevail, or will it be the bullpen? These late innings will ultimately be the deciding factor for the series.
The first game is set to take place this evening, October 20th, with Rays throwing Tyler Glasnow matching up against Clayton Kershaw. Glasnow comes into the series with a 2-1 record with a 4.66 ERA through the postseason. While Kershaw brings his 2-1 with a 3.32ERA through the postseason. Glasnow will be making his World Series debut while Kershaw will be starting his 3rd game. Rays have been struggling to rely heavily on the long ball, which will come back to get them in this series. Kershaw shows up to be the pitcher we know him to be. Dodgers take game one behind a robust Kershaw performance, with a final score of 6-3.
This will be a tremendous series to close the 2020 season out. These teams will battle back and forth a lot like what fans witnessed in the Championship series. In the end, the Dodgers bats will prevail and win the first World Series since 1988. The series will go six games, with Clayton Kershaw win the WS MVP award.
Baseball Show World Series Predictions:
Jose: Rays in 7, MVP- Randy Arozarena, Surprise Player- Kevin Kiermaier, Matchup-Kershaw vs. Rays bats
Sam: Dodgers in 6, MVP- Mookie Betts, Surprise Player- Ji-Man Choi. Matchup- Texas Jetstream of hot air vs. the team’s bats
Andrew: Dodgers in 6, MVP- Clayton Kershaw, Surprise Player- Enrique Hernandez, Matchup Rays Bullpen versus Dodgers Bats