Friday night at Globe Life Park will be fun. The Dodgers and Rays will be playing Game 3 of the 2020 World Series after a day off. Both teams surely needed it after the high intensity of the last game. And the winner will have the opportunity to take a 2-1 series lead.
The Dodgers fell behind early and were only able to score in short bursts, never having a big inning. And that’s where they lost Game 2. They could not keep up with the Rays and couldn’t get enough timely hits against their pitching. They’ll hope to avoid taking a second consecutive loss, as Walker Buehler is on the bump.
Tampa Bay would love a repeat performance of the last game. Brandon Lowe broke out of his slump and slugged two home runs. Their bullpen was pretty steady after coming in for Blake Snell. They never gave up the lead, holding it from the very time they first took it in the top of the first inning.
Tampa Bay will be sending Charlie Morton to the mound for Game 3.
The moneyline for the Dodgers is set at -162, while it’s +140 for the Rays. The over/under is set at 7.5 runs.
Dodgers Looking to Snap Mini-Skid
Losing one game in a playoff series in baseball can feel like a skid. You’re playing for three-and-a-half hours, and you fail to come out on top. It can wear on you, so LA will need to recover fast and attempt to regain control of the series.
If they can win Game 3, they can instantly neutralize Tampa Bay’s “home-field,” making them have to win while batting in the top half of innings again. Mookie Betts and Corey Seager will need to set the tone at the top of the lineup, just like Chris Taylor has been doing at the bottom of it.
Walker Buehler will make his fifth start of the 2020 playoffs. He’s posted a 1.89 ERA with a 1-0 record, though lasting just 19 innings. He has 29 strikeouts to 11 walks.
Rays Aiming For 2-1 Lead
A win sure would be sweet for Kevin Cash’s team. They played a nearly perfect Game 2 when compared to the struggles they had in the series opener. They got out to an early lead, and Blake Snell gave them nearly five great innings.
The strikeout ability of Tampa Bay’s critical is invaluable when facing a hard-hitting team like the Dodgers. Joey Wendle, known for his glove, drove in three runs in the win. Coming into the game, he had only knocked in two for the entire postseason. When unexpected guys step up, results follow.
Charlie Morton will get the start for the Rays. He has pitched 15 2/3 innings this postseason, allowing just two runs (one earned) while striking out 17 and walking three.
Rays Take 2-1 Lead
Charlie Morton will set the tone, and the bullpen will finish the job. 2-1 Rays!
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