The narrative after Game 1 of the 2020 World Series was that the Tampa Bay Rays were in a fight well above their weight class. The Los Angeles Dodgers looked dominant behind Clayton Kershaw who finally brought his regular-season dominance to the playoffs. Manager David Roberts made the questionable decision not to start his number one pitcher Walker Buehler for Game 2 on full rest. Instead the Dodgers started rookie Tony Gonsolin and brought a bullpen approach the entire game which the Rays took complete advantage of and led handedly for most of the game.
This series is tied at one a piece now and it's a whole new series. Those counting out the Rays are mistaking. This team was the best team in the AL and beat the Yankees and the Astros this postseason. Also, don't forget this Dodgers team was down 3-1 against the Braves. They should still be favored in this World Series but by no means are they invincible. Now we have a best-of-five-game series.
What TV Channel is Dodgers-Rays 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 Rays-Dodgers
When: Friday, October 23
Where: Globe Life Field - Arlington, TX
Time: 8:08 p.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch MLB Playoffs free with fuboTV)
We will see if not starting Buehler with the chance to go up 2-0 in the series will come back to haunt the Dodgers, but he is a tremendous remedy coming off a loss. Buehler has simply been phenomenal this postseason. In 19 innings pitched he 29 strikeouts with a 1.89 ERA in four starts. The only thing that hasn't translated is that he is 1-0 in those starts. That win came in his last start against the Braves where he didn't give up any runs and forced a Game 7 in the NLCS. Now he is on full rest and it seems hard to fathom the Rays will score much if any against the elite righty.
There is good news for the Rays. When Buehler started Game 1 of the NLCS against the Braves he only gave up one run. Braves starter Max Fried did the same and matched Buehler the whole way and then their prolific bats broke open in the ninth against the Dodgers bullpen. That will be the formula for the Rays. Good thing they have the starter to have a chance of keeping up with Buehler.
Charlie Morton will get the start for the Rays. All he did last time he started was win the decisive Game 7 of the ALCS against the Astros. While that feat is difficult enough in a winner-take-all situation, Morton was tasked with winning after the Astros had came back from 3-0 to tie the series at 3-3. The only other team to blow a 3-0 lead in a Championship Series is the 2004 New York Yankees. That team lost to the Boston Red Sox who went on to win the World Series and break their Bambino curse. The pressure must have been unimaginable to avoid the Rays experiencing a similar fate.
Morton more than rose to the task only giving up two hits in nearly six innings pitched. It was Morton's fourth winner-take-all-game and his third as a starter. This guy knows how to deal with pressure. In every game he's started this postseason he's won (3-0) and is posting a 0.57 ERA with 17 strikeouts in 15.2 innings pitched. We've got an old school pitching duel on our hands here so don't expect a lot of runs to untie this World Series.
Dodgers-Rays Betting Odds
Dodgers Odds: -148
Rays Odds: -+138
Money Line: Dodgers -1.5 - Rays +1.5