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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Pick & Prediction OCT 27TH 2020

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There will be no backing down from the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers, with their best pitcher on the mound and a relentless offense in tow.

 

The Rays' assignment: stopping the Dodgers from winning their first World Series title in 32 years.

 

The determined Tampa Bay offense was held in check Sunday night as Los Angeles took a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series with a 4-2 victory, but it was not for a lack of inventive thinking.

 

Even in the Game 5 defeat, the Rays' bold and brash offensive mindset was represented by an attempted straight steal of home by Manuel Margot. It failed, but just barely, as Dodgers first baseman Max Muncy alerted Clayton Kershaw and the pitcher's snap throw home -- as catcher Austin Barnes applied the tag -- stood out as the contest's turning point.

 

The bottom of the fourth inning was trending the Rays' direction. Margot was on third base and Hunter Renfroe was on first with no outs and the Rays trailing 3-2. But Kershaw got Joey Wendle to pop up before striking out Willy Adames.

 

Instead of relying on a two-out hit from Kevin Kiermaier, Margot broke for home. Kershaw stepped off the rubber and got the ball to Barnes just in time.

 

Kershaw's resolve only seemed to grow stronger. He retired the next five batters he faced before manager Dave Roberts went to the bullpen and Los Angeles shut down Tampa Bay from there.

 

The Rays will aim to extend their season one more day in Game 6 with left-hander Blake Snell on the mound. Snell was solid in the Rays' 6-4 victory in Game 2. He gave up two runs on two hits in 4 2/3 innings, with four walks and nine strikeouts.

 

"(I'm) always confident in this bunch," Kiermaier said. "If there's any team that can respond well with their backs against the wall, our group is the group that has come through when we need it the most."

 

Tampa Bay built a 5-0 lead for Snell in Game 2 as the offense got a jump on what was essentially a bullpen day for the Dodgers. Brandon Lowe emerged from a postseason slump with two home runs.

 

Dodgers right-hander Tony Gonsolin started Game 2 and went one inning on short rest. He will take the mound again in Game 6 in more of a traditional start, although he likely would have to be dominating in order to go five innings.

 

A bullpen-heavy game is not the Dodgers' forte, although it did get them through Game 7 of the National League Championship Series against Atlanta. Gonsolin pitched two innings in that one but gave up two of the Braves' three runs.

 

Now they are poised to win it all for the first time since 1988, back when Kirk Gibson's walk-off home run in Game 1 set the tone for the Dodgers' five-game victory over the Oakland Athletics.

 

The Dodgers have emerging ace Walker Buehler waiting to pitch on full rest in Game 7. Roberts said that Buehler, Kershaw and Julio Urias are the only pitchers not available for Game 6.

 

The Rays would counter with right-hander Charlie Morton if they can get to Game 7. Morton is 3-0 with a 0.61 ERA in three career Game 7 appearances, leading the Houston Astros past the New York Yankees in the 2017 American League Championship Series and the 2017 World Series against the Dodgers, then guiding the Rays past the Astros in the ALCS earlier this month.

 

For now, though, the Dodgers aren't concerning themselves with a possible Game 7.

 

"It's human nature, but I just don't really let my mind go there," Roberts said Monday. "As (Monday) goes on I will start thinking about Game 6 and really that's all I'm thinking about."

 

--Field Level Media

 

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Tampa Bay Rays

Los Angeles Dodgers

Player Position Lineup
Aaron Loup Pitcher Pitching Order: 3
Nick Anderson Pitcher Pitching Order: 2
Blake Snell Pitcher Pitching Order: 1
Ryan Yarbrough Pitcher Pitching Order: 5
Peter Fairbanks Pitcher Pitching Order: 4
Brett Phillips primary: Pinch Runner Batting Order: 9
Batting Order slot: 9
Ji-Man Choi primary: First Base Batting Order: 1
Batting Order slot: 1
Yandy Diaz primary: Pinch Hitter
secondary: First Base
Batting Order: 1
Batting Order slot: 1
Michael Perez primary: Catcher Batting Order: 9
Batting Order slot: 9
Brandon Lowe primary: Second Base Batting Order: 4
Batting Order slot: 4
Michael Brosseau primary: Pinch Hitter Batting Order: 6
Batting Order slot: 6
Manuel Margot primary: Right Outfield Batting Order: 5
Batting Order slot: 5
Randy Arozarena primary: Left Outfield Batting Order: 2
Batting Order slot: 2
Austin Meadows primary: Designated Hitter Batting Order: 3
Batting Order slot: 3
Hunter Renfroe primary: Pinch Hitter
secondary: Designated Hitter
Batting Order: 3
Batting Order slot: 3
Kevin Kiermaier primary: Center Outfield Batting Order: 8
Batting Order slot: 8
Mike Zunino primary: Catcher Batting Order: 9
Batting Order slot: 9
Joey Wendle primary: Third Base Batting Order: 6
Batting Order slot: 6
Willy Adames primary: Shortstop Batting Order: 7
Batting Order slot: 7
Player Position Lineup
Victor Gonzalez Pitcher Pitching Order: 5
Pedro Baez Pitcher Pitching Order: 4
Alex Wood Pitcher Pitching Order: 3
Dylan Floro Pitcher Pitching Order: 2
Julio Urias Pitcher Pitching Order: 7
Tony Gonsolin Pitcher Pitching Order: 1
Brusdar Graterol Pitcher Pitching Order: 6
Justin Turner primary: Third Base Batting Order: 3
Batting Order slot: 3
Max Muncy primary: First Base Batting Order: 4
Batting Order slot: 4
Mookie Betts primary: Right Outfield Batting Order: 1
Batting Order slot: 1
Corey Seager primary: Shortstop Batting Order: 2
Batting Order slot: 2
Chris Taylor primary: Second Base
secondary: Left Outfield
Batting Order: 7
Batting Order slot: 7
Joc Pederson primary: Pinch Hitter Batting Order: 8
Batting Order slot: 8
A.J. Pollock primary: Left Outfield Batting Order: 8
Batting Order slot: 8
Enrique Hernandez primary: Second Base Batting Order: 3
Batting Order slot: 3
Will Smith primary: Designated Hitter Batting Order: 5
Batting Order slot: 5
Cody Bellinger primary: Center Outfield Batting Order: 6
Batting Order slot: 6
Austin Barnes primary: Catcher Batting Order: 9
Batting Order slot: 9
Edwin Rios primary: Third Base Batting Order: 8
Batting Order slot: 8

Tampa Bay Rays

Los Angeles Dodgers

  • Match Start
    • double-play
    • fielder: Brandon Lowe
    • fielder: Joey Wendle
    • fielder: Yandy Diaz
    • extra-base-hit
    • HR
    • Inning: 1
    • On Base:0
    • Outs:1
    • batter: Randy Arozarena
    • pitcher: Tony Gonsolin
    • extra-base-hit
    • 2B
    • batter: Kevin Kiermaier
    • pitcher: Tony Gonsolin
    • extra-base-hit
    • 2B
    • batter: Mookie Betts
    • pitcher: Nick Anderson
    • extra-base-hit
    • 2B
    • batter: Will Smith
    • pitcher: Peter Fairbanks
    • extra-base-hit
    • HR
    • Inning: 8
    • On Base:0
    • Outs:0
    • batter: Mookie Betts
    • pitcher: Peter Fairbanks
  • Match End

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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

The best team in a truncated regular season also was the top team in an extended playoffs, as the Los Angeles Dodgers ended a 32-year championship drought with a 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday at Arlington, Texas.

The Dodgers also were the best homer-hitting team in a regular season that was shortened to 60 games as a concession to the COVID-19 pandemic, but they got inventive on offense to earn their deciding victory.

In their 16th consecutive game at the Texas Rangers' new Globe Life Field, the Dodgers turned a wild pitch and a fielder's choice into run-scoring gold in the fifth inning. The runs gave Los Angeles a 2-1 lead. The Dodgers also used seven pitchers, including starter Tony Gonsolin, who was pulled after 1 2/3 innings.

Left-hander Julio Urias was the last of those arms, striking out Willy Adames looking to end it while pitching with 2 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the save. Lefty Victor Gonzalez (1-0) threw 1 1/3 shutout innings to earn the victory.

Rays starter Blake Snell was in the midst of the most impressive start of his career, when factoring in the moment. He struck out nine and gave up just two harmless singles the first two times through the Dodgers order.

However, with one out in the sixth inning, following a single by Dodgers No. 9 hitter Austin Barnes, Rays manager Kevin Cash went to his bullpen to protect a 1-0 lead, putting right-hander Nick Anderson (1-1) into the game. After striking out twice against Snell, Mookie Betts hit a double to put runners on second and third.

Barnes scored on an Anderson wild pitch to tie the game, with Betts moving to third. Corey Seager, who also fanned twice against Snell, then hit a ground ball to first with Betts scoring on a dive just ahead of the throw home for a 2-1 advantage.

"I'm not exactly sure why, I'm not asking any questions, but he was pitching a great game," Betts said of the Rays' decision to lift Snell. "(Barnes) led off with a hit, I think, right there. We had a chance to do something, but they made a pitching change, and it seemed like that's all we needed."

The exclamation point came in the eighth when Betts, the Dodgers' high-profile roster addition in the offseason after a trade with the Boston Red Sox, hit a home run for a 3-1 advantage. It was his second homer of the series.

There would be more heroics from Rays rookie Randy Arozarena, who gave Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead with a first-inning home run against Gonsolin.

Arozarena became the second rookie ever to hit three home runs in a single World Series while extending his record for a single postseason to 10 homers. He also became the first rookie with RBIs in four consecutive World Series games.

It was the Dodgers' seventh World Series championship in franchise history, with six of them coming after they moved to Los Angeles in 1958. The title also came in their eighth consecutive trip to the postseason and their third World Series in four years.

The Dodgers' most recent title came in 1988, when a hobbled Kirk Gibson hit a walk-off homer to beat the Oakland Athletics in Game 1. Los Angeles went on to win the series in five games.

--Field Level Media