Charlie Morton is painfully familiar to the Dodgers from the 2017 World Series when his swing-man performance was transformative for the Houston Astros’ pitching staff.
Let that sink in for a moment, it’s hard to get one’s head around how a team could do something so monumentally stupid. Los Angeles was also second with a .350 wOBA, with Tampa 13th (.325), while only the Astros posted a lower K percentage than the Dodgers (20.3%) this season. Amid the fuss over the volatility of an expanded postseason with abbreviated series, the two undisputed best teams in baseball will meet in the World Series - a rarity in the wild-card era. Baseball. A big advantage the Dodgers had in the NLCS was the Braves' struggles against left-handed pitching. The Dodgers will have the offensive advantage at every position with the exception of second base. Morning Mound Visit: Blake Snell, Brandon Lowe help Rays even series, Morning Mound Visit: Dodgers take Game 1 behind Kershaw, Betts. World Series betting preview: Dodgers the overwhelming favorites, Cooper Neill / Major League Baseball / Getty, Get the latest trending sports news daily in your inbox. Both the Dodgers and Rays are flexible and creative in their approach to roster management, game-planning and in-game strategy – and proud of it. He's allowed just one run in six innings since, appearing four times out of the 'pen in the ALCS. Pollock (.276/.314/.566, 16 HRs, 34 RBIs), 2B Chris Taylor (.270/.366/.476, 8 HRs, 32 RBIs), DH Joc Pederson (.190/.285/.397, 7 HRs, 16 RBIs), If the over/under on how many Rays you can name is 3-1/2 – take the under. DODGERS IN SIX The Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays meet in Game 2 of the World Series Wednesday at 5:08 p.m., after the Dodgers took Game 1 on Tuesday with an 8-3 victory. The Rays invented the “opener” and are still willing to take creative paths to getting 27 outs in a game. Unfamiliarity was a challenge for the Dodgers’ hitters against the Atlanta relievers and the same will be true this series. Scott Kazmir? Whicker: Brandon Lowe, as in pow, gives Rays the power surge they need. Twelve different pitchers had at least one save for the Rays during the regular season. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! No, he’s in San Francisco. EDGE: Even, On the surface, this matchup features the Mighty Mouse of MLB going up against one of baseball’s blue-chip stocks.
In the World Series, they are matched against a Rays team that can pitch nearly as well as they can. While the Rays hold a significant bullpen advantage in this series, the biggest discrepancy between the two teams comes in the batting department. DODGERS: RH Kenley Jansen (3-1, 3.33 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 11 saves in 13 chances), RH Blake Treinen (3-3, 3.86 ERA, 1.21 WHIP), RH Brusdar Graterol (1-2, 3.09 ERA, 0.90), RH Dylan Floro (3-0, 2.59 ERA, 1.11 WHIP), LH Jake McGee (3-1, 2.66 ERA, 0.84 WHIP), LH Victor Gonzalez (3-0, 1.33 ERA, 0.74 WHIP), LH Adam Kolarek (3-0, 0.95 ERA, 0.79 WHIP), RH Pedro Baez (0-0, 3.18, 1.00 WHIP, 2 saves), RH Joe Kelly (0-0, 1.80 ERA, 1.50 WHIP), After Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman fired a 101-mph fastball past the ear of Mike Brosseau in late September, Rays manager Kevin Cash angrily boasted, “I have a whole damn stable of pitchers that throw 98 miles per hour.” A T-shirt was born. The Rays could opt for an opener in front of Yarbrough, while the Dodgers' Game 2 starter is more up in the air. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), 2020 World Series scouting report: Dodgers vs. Rays, Dodgers’ Alex Wood not drawn into 2017 revisionist history, Dodgers marvel at Mookie Betts’ everyday excellence, For the Dodgers, Charlie Morton is a familiar, forbidding face in the World Series, World Series Extra: Everything you need to know about how the Dodgers lost Game 2, Whicker: Brandon Lowe, as in pow, gives Rays the power surge they need, Where to eat in Orange County in 2020: A guide to the best places, Vast new reservoir in south Orange County gets its first drops of water, Disneyland adopts recommendations from county health agency after tour of theme parks, Police: Man stabs twin 9-year-old daughters to death in Placentia home before killing himself, Top 5 hot new restaurants: OC’s Best Places to Eat 2020, USA Gymnastics holds hearing on abuse allegations against Azarian coach Amanda Hensley, Southern California mortgage brokers suspected in fraudulent loan applications, Orange County schools’ response strategies for coronavirus cases begin to surface, Peek inside Mike Ness’ Floral Park home listed at $2.4 million, Despite the pandemic, 2020 marks another year of growth and change for some Southern California casinos, Top 5 Italian restaurants: OC’s Best Places to Eat 2020, Family of Black man shot by deputies in San Clemente files wrongful death claim. Certain content reproduced under license. Kershaw and Urias are both southpaws.
And their outfield defense isn’t bad either.
The Rays' primary source of offense in these playoffs has come via the long ball. The two teams finished first (Dodgers) and third (Rays) in MLB in staff ERA during the regular season. Run production? The two teams finished first and second in most offensive categories including runs scored (349-348 in the Dodgers’ favor). The Upton family has all moved on, too. Run prevention is their thing, though, and they are very good at it. Subtract 2 points for each unearned run allowed. EDGE: Rays, RAYS: OF Hunter Renfroe (.156/.252/.393, 8 HRs, 22 RBIs), IF Mike Brosseau (.302/.378/.558, 5 HRs, 12 RBIs), C Michael Perez (.167/.237/.238, 1 HR, 13 RBIs), OF Yoshi Tsutsugo (.197/.314/.395, 8 HRs, 24 RBIs), 1B-3B Yandy Diaz (.167/.237/.238, 1 HR, 13 RBIs), DODGERS: C Austin Barnes (.244/.353/.314, 1 HR, 9 RBIs), OF-IF Kiké Hernandez (.230/.270/.410, 5 HRs, 20 RBIs), IF Edwin Rios (.250/.301/.645, 8 HRs, 17 RBIs), IF-OF Matt Beaty (.220/.278/.360, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs), Kiké Hernandez came off the bench to hit the game-tying home run in Game 7 against the Braves. Rays bettors, like myself - I have them at +2000 to win the World Series from before the start of the season - will find it harder to hedge with the Dodgers opening as overwhelming favorites to win the Fall Classic, and would be better suited grabbing the Dodgers closer to even money should Tampa grab a series lead.
A Game 2 start for Buehler would also come on short rest, so it's possible Roberts could opt for a May/Gonsolin bullpen game instead. But they will get plenty of exposure to Castillo, Fairbanks, Anderson and the rest of the Rays’ relievers, particularly since the World Series will feature two off days (following Games 2 and 5), allowing both teams to reset their bullpens. It is abbreviated history. The Rays’ favorite path to victory is to scratch their way to the lead then shorten the game with that “stable.” This season, the Rays are 36-1 when they lead after six innings, 40-0 when they take a lead into the ninth. Ahead of Game 1 on Tuesday, the Dodgers are overwhelming favorites to end a string of disappointing postseason failures and win the franchise's first World Series title since 1988. Instead, give me the team with a stable of terrific pitchers - and a manager who knows how to use them - at the generous price of +160.
The Dodgers have had to do more mixing and matching. He's also got a terrific feel for his relievers. While these are not confirmed, the listed starters make the most sense based on a normal rest schedule from their previous outing.
But these Dodgers do not rely on their role players nearly as much as they did during World Series runs in 2017 and 2018. Not so much.
But until we actually see sustained success in that area, the Rays hold the edge here. LIVE BOX SCORE SCORE: TAMPA BAY 1, DODGERS 0, T-2nd Game Score is a metric devised by Bill James to determine the strength of a pitcher in any particular baseball game. GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER.
The Dodgers (+300) and Rays (+600) - the only teams to reach 40 wins in MLB's 60-game season - were the betting favorites to win the 2020 Fall Classic, and while bettors steered clear as a result of the altered playoff format, those that laid the chalk are seeing their faith rewarded. He’s right. To determine a starting pitcher's game score: Wander Franco: The joy of a fleeting image. But they have the starters to play it straight if they choose. David Price? We invite you to use our commenting platform to engage in insightful conversations about issues in our community. SF–Herr (1,off Haas). He's been effective in spurts in this postseason but doesn't provide much flexibility with a one-inning cap out of the 'pen. EDGE: DODGERS, RAYS: RH Tyler Glasnow (5-1, 4.08 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 14.3 Ks per 9 IP), LH Blake Snell (4-2, 3.24 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 11.3 Ks per 9 IP), RH Charlie Morton (2-2, 4.74 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 9.9 Ks per 9 IP), RH John Curtiss (3-0, 1.80 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 9.0 Ks per 9 IP), LH Ryan Yarbrough (1-4, 3.56 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 7.1 Ks per 9 IP), DODGERS: RH Walker Buehler (1-0, 3.44 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 10.3 Ks per 9 IP), LH Clayton Kershaw (6-2, 2.16 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, 9.6 Ks per 9 IP), RH Tony Gonsolin (2-2, 2.31 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, 8.9 Ks per 9 IP), RH Dustin May (3-1, 2.57 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 7.1 Ks per 9 IP), LH Julio Urias (3-0, 3.27 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 7.4 Ks per 9 IP), In the NLCS, the Dodgers were matched against a Braves team as good at scoring runs as they were this season. Dodgers’ Alex Wood not drawn into 2017 revisionist history Close. World Series Game 2 Starter Game Score: Cain vs. Wilson; Check out how each starter performed in a per-inning look at game score. He has worked for daily newspapers as a sportswriter since 1983, in Southern California since 1987 and at the Orange County Register since 1999. If you see comments that you find offensive, please use the “Flag as Inappropriate” feature by hovering over the right side of the post, and pulling down on the arrow that appears. Tampa leads all teams with 25 home runs in the postseason, seven more than the Dodgers (third).