It was expected to be around 40 degrees and foggy in Arlington, Texas, by first pitch. The Dodgers are looking to overcome some bitter World Series history. "If I could switch places with him right now, I would. He smashed an 89-mile-per-hour slider from Dodgers starter Tony Gonsolin. Path to the World Series title: How the Dodgers won the championship Mookie Betts celebrates his home run in the eighth inning of the Dodgers’ … Is this the year the win it all? Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Major League Baseball (MLB) and the MLB Players Association (MLBPA) agreed to shorten the standard 162-game season to 60 games, the shortest since 1878. Los Angeles Dodgers’ 2020 World Series Win Is Marred By Justin Turner’s Covid-19 Fiasco Anthony Witrado Senior Contributor Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Floro fanned Arozarena on three pitches, all changeups. The Dodgers rushed the field after the final out. In the 2018 World Series, they were dispatched in five games by the Boston Red Sox, who had one of the best seasons in baseball history. The Dodgers celebrate defeating the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6 of the 2020 World Series at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. It wasn’t a bad pitch — it was just outside the strike zone — but Arozarena is so locked in and so strong that he flicked his bat and sent the ball over the right field fence. And the expanded postseason, with 16 teams making it instead of 10, almost went the full distance. Mookie Betts celebrated after his solo homer in the eighth. "We never stopped. Sixth Inning: The Dodgers take advantage after Snell leaves the game. Mookie Betts clobbered a solo blast off Rays reliever Pete Fairbanks to give the Dodgers a 3-1 lead and a bit more breathing room for what might be the final inning of their title-winning season. Pollock and made a nifty play down the third base line on a ground ball by Austin Barnes. Gonsolin tossed only one and two-third innings, but six Dodgers relievers held the Rays to just two more hits the rest of the game. More stout pitching by the Dodgers bullpen, which has done the heavy lifting tonight. Ji-Man Choi is hitting leadoff for the Rays in Game 6. But both of those Series opponents, the Astros in particular, now have clouds hanging over them. Snell didn’t face a lineup three times many times in 2020. He is making some of the best Dodgers hitters, such as Mookie Betts in the third inning and Corey Seager in the fourth inning, look silly. He has allowed just one hit in five innings. Blake Snell, meanwhile, has continued to plow through the Dodgers lineup. Second Inning: Blake Snell looks dominant for the Rays. Copyright © 2020 CBS Interactive Inc. All rights reserved. Turner was removed after the seventh inning of Los Angeles' 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6 on Tuesday night after registering Major League Baseball's first positive test in 59 days, and wasn't initially on the field as the Dodgers enjoyed the spoils of a title earned during a most unusual season. He has fanned nine in all over four innings on only 55 pitches. In addition to each league's three division winners, each league's three division runners-up qualified, and two additional wild card teams per league qualified based on win-loss record. But the Rays did nothing else with a runner in scoring position as Mike Zunino struck out, Ji-Man Choi walked and then Arozarena struck out. Game 1 of 2020 World Series. Who will come up on top? He also notched the final out of the fifth inning. Tampa Bay won the game 8-7 and tied the World Series at two games apiece. "It's just a special group of players, organization, all that we've kind of overcome.". What else is there to say about this guy? RELATED World Series: Kershaw, Bellinger guide Dodgers to Game 1 win over Rays It was his ninth home run of the 2020 playoffs, setting the MLB record for … "We're still pretty confident we're the best team in baseball," Dodgers catcher Will Smith said, "and we're gonna win this thing." The Los Angeles Dodgers Win the 2020 World Series, First Since 1988 The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Tampa Bay Rays faced off in the World Series at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas Hernandez and the Dodgers got their wish: The roof at Globe Life Field has been closed. “We didn’t really talk about baseball,” Adames said. The 2020 World Series could wrap up Tuesday night. The Dodgers advanced to the World Series in 2018 and 2019. Who Won Worlds Series 2020? After a Game 5 win, a World Series title is in reach. Updated on: October 28, 2020 / 2:13 PM “This season, I think we can all agree that this is the best team we’ve seen since we’ve been here.”. Rays Manager Kevin Cash has been quick to yank his starter before they run into trouble the third time through an opponent’s order. To get to say that and get to be part of that, it's so special no matter what," Kershaw said. https://www.si.com/mlb/2020/09/08/world-series-prediction-power-rankings This was just one game, just one win. 2020 World Series - Los Angeles Dodgers over Tampa Bay Rays (4-2) | Baseball-Reference.com. But the Rays couldn’t solve a revolving door of Dodgers reliever. Ninth Inning: The Dodgers are World Series champions. "The only thing that may have made it better would be to be at Dodger Stadium. Snell struck out the side in the fourth inning on 16 pitches. Kevin Jairaj/USA Today Sports, via Reuters. From the third to the eighth inning, both teams swapped scores. They can’t go on walks, meet up with friends or family or go to a restaurant as they used to. Some players have said throughout this unusual season that it has been harder to get their minds off work, particularly when they’re struggling, because of the health and safety restrictions that have confined them to their hotels or stadiums on the road. By James Wagner. As far as the team’s mood facing elimination, the Rays insisted they felt as relaxed as usual. It’s always good to learn from the old guys.”. Remember: Snell hasn’t completed six innings this postseason. It marked the end of a frustrating championship drought for LA — and perhaps just the start for Betts and the Dodgers, whose seventh World Series title was their sixth since leaving Brooklyn for the West Coast in 1958. Snell coughed up a one-out single to Austin Barnes — only his second hit allowed all game — and Cash hooked him after only 73 pitches. Blake Snell didn’t look happy — and appeared to mutter an expletive to himself — when he saw his manager, Kevin Cash, walking toward him to remove him from the game. In his career, the numbers are much better in this instances: .247 with a .742 O.P.S. In the 2017 World Series, the Dodgers came even closer to snapping their title drought by forcing a Game 7 against the Houston Astros, but then they lost that final contest, 5-1. Who won World Series 2020? This team was incredible," said Seager, also the NLCS MVP who had franchise records with his eight homers and 20 RBIs this postseason. In all, the Rays struck out 16 times to the Dodgers’ 11. Reliever Dylan Floro, not starter Tony Gonsolin, faced Arozarena. Oct. 20, 2020, 11:33 p.m. Blake Snell is cruising. 2020 MLB Playoffs • Oddest World Series ends with most 2020 … The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Tampa Bay Rays by an 8-3 score in Tuesday's Game 1 of the 2020 World Series. ET. If there has been any weakness in the Dodgers’ offense, which led the major leagues in runs scored during the regular season, it has been against left-handers. But against southpaws, they had a .778 O.P.S., seventh best. If the Astros and Dodgers bank on that experience and earn small advantages in certain matchups, we could have a … He located his hard fastball well, while also showing good feel for his changeup, curveball and slider. And all Snell could do was watch from the dugout when reliever Nick Anderson, dominant during the regular season but sputtering over the last few weeks of the postseason, coughed up the lead. They still lead only 1-0. Anderson surrendered a double to Mookie Betts and allowed Barnes to tie the score when he unfurled a wild pitch. Manuel Margot is tagged out at home. © 2020 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved. "The more you do these things, the calmer you get," Buehler said. ", First published on October 27, 2020 / 11:39 PM. Corey Seager after striking out against Blake Snell in the fourth. If Urias stays efficient, Roberts could use him to at least get to the ninth inning, if not more, with the Dodgers leading 2-1. But Cash and the analytically inclined Rays believe in limiting starting pitchers’ exposure to an opposing lineup a third time in a game. Urias tossed the final two and one-third innings to seal the Dodgers’ victory and the seventh World Series title in franchise history. Victor Gonzalez struck out the side in the sixth inning. Arlington, Texas — No dogpile, no champagne and a mask on nearly every face — the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrated their first World Series title since 1988 in a manner no one could have imagined prior to the coronavirus pandemic. Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts didn’t want Gonsolin facing Arozarena again, as Arozarena homered off him in the first inning. In World Series history, teams that take a 1-0 lead have a good-but-not-overwhelming conversion rate, winning the Series 62.6% of the time. 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Deb Haaland as Interior Secretary, Biden to nominate Tai for trade rep and McDonough for veterans affairs, Biden introduces his pick to lead Defense Department, Biden to nominate Marcia Fudge to lead HUD. The Dodgers’ bullpen has allowed just one hit since starter Tony Gonsolin was pulled from the game with two outs in the second inning. "I feel great, no symptoms at all. He has mostly kept the ball away from the middle of the plate and gotten the normally patient Dodgers to chase pitches out of the zone with the count at two strikes. Snell had allowed only his second hit of the night, had struck out nine Dodgers and tossed just 73 pitches. The Dodgers’ last title was in 1988 — when Tommy Lasorda was their manager and pitcher Orel Hershiser their star — but they have come close a few times since. The 2018 American League Cy Young Award winner, Snell appeared to utter some expletives as Cash walked toward the mound. If the Rays are going to force a Game 7, they will need more help from hitters not named Randy Arozarena. “Sitting around, one win away from a World Series, is going to be hard,” Kershaw said, referring to Monday’s off day. Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts is emptying his bullpen. All of those different looks on the mound can make it harder for hitters, but it also means a lesser pitcher might be forced into the game, and Roberts has several more innings to cover. Randy Arozarena hit a solo home run in the first inning for the Rays. They were in three of the last four World Series. The MLB season didn't start until late July and was abbreviated for the shortest regular season since 1878. We were ready to go as soon as the bell was called. During their day off on Monday, with a potential elimination game looming, the Rays did their best to distract themselves from their World Series deficit. We have new World Series champs! Fifth Inning: Blake Snell continues to cut down the Dodgers. In the bottom half of the inning, the Dodgers made Blake Snell work for the first time. Players were handed face masks as they gathered for their post-game celebration, although many of their embraces came mask-free even after Turner's positive test. Alex Wood produced the Dodgers’ first 1-2-3 inning of the game — against the heart of the Rays’ batting order, no less. "It's gut-wrenching," World Series MVP Corey Seager said. The Dodgers rushed the field after the final … The Tampa Bay Rays have advanced to the World Series for just the second time in franchise history. That is when starters traditionally begin to tire and opponents, with repeated looks, start to put together better at-bats. Chris Taylor led off with a single, but Snell wriggled out of the inning with some help from third baseman Joey Wendle, who is a standout defender because of his quick first step and sure hands. Tampa Bay starter Blake Snell bit his lip and shook his head. Among those players is first baseman Ji-Man Choi, 29, a left-handed hitter who is in the leadoff spot for the Rays on Tuesday night against the Dodgers’ right-handed starter, Tony Gonsolin. Kevin Kiermaier, who has had a good World Series at the plate, is now 7 for 17 in the series after his second-inning double with one out. We've got predictions. Snell struck out Mookie Betts with a high 98 m.p.h. Regardless, the Dodgers — one of M.L.B.’s marquee franchises and one of its top spenders year in and year out — are one win from winning a title they have so desperately sought and have been frustrated they couldn’t claim before. fastball for the third out. “We were just talking about life and a lot of stuff. Blake Snell left the game in the bottom of the sixth, and then things immediately went downhill for the Rays. Blake Snell struck out five of the first six batters he faced. 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