If you're saying baseball is boring now, you're just wrong. Sorry, not sorry. Do yourself a favor before you do anything else and watch the ending to Game 4 of the 2020 World Series. Well unless you're a Dodgers fan.
For every other fan, that game was an instant classic and arguably the best moment in this crazy 2020 sports season. To put it in some context, after a World Series with very straightforward games with the winners of each game lead at every moment, Game 4 had five lead changes. In the eighth, Corey Seager showed why he was the NLCS MVP and singled in the go ahead run in the eighth. The Dodgers were within one strike away from going up to a commanding 3-1 series lead with Clayton Kershaw pitching Game 5.
Brett Phillips had other plans. The Rays had two on and two out with two strikes in the bottom of the ninth trailing by one when Phillips collected one of the most clutch hits in the history of the World Series. Philips, who grew up a Rays fan growing up not too far from Tropicana Field, is a rarely used outfielder and has spent many years in the minors. He didn't even appear in the ALCS against the Astros and this was his first plate appearance in the World Series. He hadn't got a hit since September 25.
No matter though. Even off the great Kenley Jansen he got a base hit. While Jansen didn't pitch well again, the base hit should not have lost him the game. Kevin Kiermaier was on second and scored fairly easily which should have just tied the game. That alone would have been a tremendous feat in this David versus Goliath type of series.
But it didn't end there. Center fielder Chris Taylor bobbled the ball and Randy Arozarena just never kept running from first. By the time Taylor threw it in, Arozarena was rounding third trying to score. If will Smith caught that throw from Taylor, this game would look very different. Taylor's throw beat Arozarena and the inning would have been over and the game would have gone to extras. Instead, Smith misses the throw and Arozarena is safe even after he fell down before he got to the plate. This was possibly the craziest ending to a World Series game since Game 6 of 2011 World Series when the Cardinals were down to their last strike and rallied against the Texas Rangers.
It was the first time a team went from losing to winning on the final pitch of a World Series game since Joe Carter of the Blue Jays walked off to win the World Series in 1993. That wasn't all that made this game remarkable. Corey Seager tied the record for most home runs hit in a postseason with eight. Then Randy Arozarena upped his ante and hit his ninth homer of the season breaking the major league record. This was the first game of the series to feature even one lead change.
This is just simply a must see World Series. In 2008, the Rays lost to the Phillies in five games. This is the farthest they've ever been in what is a best of three series now. This series was a strike away from essentially being over with this dominant Dodgers offense and Kershaw and probably Buehler taking the mound in potential clinchers. Once it seems like the Dodgers have a stranglehold on this series the Rays are scrappier and just keep coming back. This is starting to shape up to be one of the best World Series ever. We can't wait for Game 5. To prep, do yourself a favor and watch all the great moments of Game 4:
What TV Channel is Dodgers-Rays Game 5 on?
Dodgers-Rays will be shown on FOX at 8:08 p.m. ET. You can live stream MLB Playoff Games on fuboTV.
How to Watch Dodgers-Rays
When: Sunday, October 25
Where: Globe Life Field - Arlington, TX
Time: 8:08 p.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch MLB Playoffs free with fuboTV)
Who knows how you follow up that epic game but Clayton Kershaw and Tyler Glasnow will take the mound for Game 5. These two faced off to open this World Series. Kershaw shed his postseason demons and pitched brilliantly on the way to a 8-3 resounding victory. Glasnow started that game well only giving up one hit in among the first 12 batters with five strikeouts. But the next 11 batters he gave up four walks, a single and homer and by the fifth inning the game was over. Can Glasnow flip the script in Game 5? Can Kershaw keep up his good postseason performances? Even if Game 5 is half as good as Game 4, we're all in for a treat.
Dodgers-Rays Betting Odds
Dodgers Odds: -1.5
Rays Odds: +1.5
Money Line: Dodgers -162 - Rays +151