For as much as the Tampa Bay Rays were in control of Game 2, the completely opposite script was the narrative of Game 3 of the 2020 World Series. The Los Angeles Dodgers, nay Walker Buehler, completely dominated the Rays bats. Buehler struck out 10 and didn't give up a hit until the bottom of the fifth. He only gave up three hits and one run the whole night. He is truly becoming a postseason ace and just what the doctor ordered after the Dodgers bullpen-fueled Game 2 loss.
This matchup was billed as a pitchers duel with Charlie Morton taking the mound for the Rays but he didn't even come close to holding up his end of the bargain. After coming off a dominant Game 7 ALCS clinching victory against the Astros and full rest, Morton gave up five runs and seven hits and couldn't get out of the fifth inning. It was so uncharacteristic of Morton as he has won all of his starts this postseason before this game. On top of that he only had a 0.57 ERA coming into this one. It just wasn't his night.
What characterized the power of the Dodgers lineup was backup catcher Austin Barnes. He was only in the game because of his rapport with Buehler. Barnes is known for his glove but he accomplished something truly historic in Game 3 with his bat. He is only the second player ever to drive in a run with a sac bunt (you couldn't square around any better) and a home run in the same game in a World Series since 1961. If the Dodgers are getting production out of their ninth spot in the lineup, at this point it seems like there's not a lot this offense can't do.
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 Dodgers-Rays
When: Saturday, October 24
Where: Globe Life Field - Arlington, TX
Time: 8:08 p.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch MLB Playoffs free with fuboTV)
The challenge doesn't get any easier for the Rays as Julio Urías will get the start for the Dodgers in Game 4. Buehler and Clayton Kershaw are getting all of the attention in this rotation but Urías has been absolutely phenomenal in these playoffs. He is 4-0 with a 0.56 ERA in 16 innings coming into this one. In the 10 games he started in the regular season, he was 3-0 with a 3.27 ERA. He is bringing it to a whole different level in the playoffs and is going to make it very difficult for the Rays to climb back into this one.
In Game 1 and 3, the Rays were completely dormant at the plate. They'll need to replicate their Game 2 success like they had against mostly the Dodgers pen. It should be noted that Randy Arozarena continues his unbelievable rookie postseason tear as he hit another home run in Game 3. While it was a solo shot with the game well out of reach, Arozarena tied the record for most home runs hit in a postseason (8) and broke Derek Jeter's postseason rookie hits record set in 1996 (23). With those eight homers, he joins Barry Bonds, Nelson Cruz and Carlos Beltran as the only players to accomplish that feat. He also needed less plate appearances (73) than Bonds (74) to hit eight. Now it's just up to the rest of the lineup to join him as they only had a combined four hits in Game 3.
It seems the Rays will have their own bullpen day of sorts as they start Ryan Yarbrough. He pitched in a brief relief appearance in Game 1 but says he is fully ready to go as long as they need him. The righty often has pitched in the opener roll in the last three seasons and it wouldn't be a surprise if he has another short outing no matter how well he pitches. He has been very good this season considering his unique roll posting a 3.56 ERA.
The pitching from Tampa could be great all game but as previously mentioned it's this offense that has to step up if they're going to have any chance of tying this series. In three games, the Rays are batting .206 with 11 runs. Even worse, they are hitting .133 against the Dodgers starters. That is the worst average in the World Series since the 1915 Philadelphia Phillies.
Dodgers-Rays Betting Odds
Dodgers Odds: -170
Rays Odds: +`153
Money Line: Dodgers -1.5 - Rays +1.5