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Recreation 1 of 2020 World Sequence
In the course of the pregame ceremonies at Globe Life Subject, Vin Scully, the enduring Dodgers broadcaster, uttered his well-known introduction — “It’s time for Dodger baseball” — in a recorded video message performed on the large display screen.
Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers’ ace, threw 20 pitches in a scoreless prime of the primary inning. He coughed up a single to Yandy Diaz, the Rays’ leadoff hitter, and appeared to pitch round Randy Arozarena, the Rays’ slugger who walked. However the Rays, whose offense has been inconsistent all through the postseason, couldn’t capitalize.
It was a smoother first inning for Tyler Glasnow, the Rays’ hard-throwing starter. He walked Corey Seager, the Dodgers’ shortstop, on six pitches, however acquired two flyouts and a groundout. He hit 100 miles per hour just a few occasions, and 101 as soon as.
Dodgers 0, Rays 0
Recreation 1 of 2020 World Sequence
It will likely be a marquee pitching matchup within the first sport of the best-of-seven sequence: the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw and Tyler Glasnow of the Rays.
Kershaw, 32, is a three-time Cy Younger Award winner and arguably the most effective beginning pitcher of his era. He had a stellar common season with a 6-2 file and a pair of.16 earned run common. However he has an advanced postseason legacy, which is checkered with each sturdy and poor performances, together with this 12 months. In 35 profession playoff appearances, he’s 11-12 with a 4.31 E.R.A.
Glasnow, 27, doesn’t have Kershaw’s observe file however he’s definitely proficient. He’s higher than his 2020 common season numbers — 5-1 file and a 4.08 E.R.A. — counsel. His arsenal — a 100-mile-per-hour fastball and a depraved curveball — makes him top-of-the-line strikeout starters in baseball. He, too, has had each stout and middling outings this postseason.
The Dodgers haven’t but introduced a Recreation 2 starter, however the Rays stated they might go together with Blake Snell, a 2018 Cy Younger Award winner.
Over the last week of the common season, M.L.B. requested groups in place to qualify for the playoffs to quarantine in accommodations, even at residence. So, each the Rays and the Dodgers have been dwelling out of accommodations for a couple of month. Gamers’ wives and youngsters have been allowed to hitch them so long as in addition they quarantined.
When M.L.B. and the gamers’ union agreed to play in a handful contained environments for the playoffs, the nation’s virus sizzling spots have been altering and each side needed to restrict their publicity by reducing down on the journey of a traditional postseason. In order that they picked warmer-weather venues as impartial websites: Southern California for the A.L. and Texas for the N.L.
The World Sequence can be held at Globe Life Subject, the Texas Rangers’ new stadium in Arlington, Texas, that contains a retractable roof and synthetic turf. It will likely be the primary World Sequence held at a impartial web site and first since 1944 to be performed all at one stadium. A restricted variety of tickets have been bought to the World Sequence, and fans were also allowed into N.L. Championship Series games at Globe Life Subject.
Whereas the Rays performed the previous two weeks at Petco Park in San Diego, the Dodgers are already acquainted with Globe Life Park, the place they performed the previous two rounds of the playoffs.
Though the standard days off have been faraway from the primary three rounds this 12 months, which sophisticated groups’ pitching plans, they’re again within the schedule for the World Sequence. The Dodgers and Rays could have a time without work after Video games 2 and 5.
The starkest distinction between the Dodgers and the Rays is cash. Earlier than the pandemic shortened the season and trimmed salaries, the Dodgers’ opening day payroll was set to be the third-largest within the main leagues at $225 million, in response to Cot’s Baseball Contracts.
The Rays, who play in an outdated stadium and are frequently close to the underside of baseball’s attendance record, are on the receiving finish of M.L.B.’s revenue-sharing and had a pre-pandemic opening day payroll of $94 million, the fourth-smallest within the majors.
The Rays depend on sturdy scouting, analytics savvy and sturdy participant growth to construct their roster — or commerce for hidden gems in different organizations, reminiscent of postseason star Randy Arozarena or starter Tyler Glasnow. They play stellar protection and have a deep group of gamers, significantly on the mound, that Supervisor Kevin Money swaps out steadily to use matchups.
Regardless of failing to win a World Sequence title lately, the Dodgers have been a juggernaut the previous a number of years underneath Andrew Friedman, their president of baseball operations. He was the Rays’ common supervisor from 2005 to 2014, the architect of the group that reached the 2008 World Sequence. Throughout his tenure there, he employed Erik Neander, now the Rays’ G.M., as an intern.
Friedman introduced his acumen to Los Angeles, the place the Dodgers have each constructed a robust farm system (which has produced stars like outfielder Cody Bellinger and starter Walker Buehler) and flexed their monetary muscle (they gave famous person outfielder Mookie Betts a 12-year, $365-million extension after buying and selling for him earlier than this season).
Insanity was anticipated throughout this postseason. As a substitute of the same old 10, 16 groups have been included in a brand new playoff format cooked up for this coronavirus-altered season, and every of them began with a three-game sequence. Nonetheless, although each sequence went right down to the wire within the earlier spherical, the 2 greatest groups in the course of the common season now meet within the World Sequence: The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Dodgers, one of many oldest franchises in baseball, have been the most effective group within the majors in the course of the truncated 60-game common season, claiming 43 victories, their eighth straight Nationwide League West division crown and the N.L.’s prime seed within the playoffs. That is their third World Sequence journey in 4 years, having misplaced each of the earlier two — in 2017 towards the Houston Astros and in 2018 with the Boston Purple Sox — to teams that were later accused and penalized for breaking the rules during those seasons. Nonetheless, the Dodgers haven’t gained a title since 1988.
The Rays, alternatively, are one of many youngest franchises in baseball, added in 1998 together with the Arizona Diamondbacks as growth groups. Within the common season, the Rays gained 40 video games, their first American League East title since 2010 and the A.L.’s prime spot within the playoffs. Their solely different journey to the World Sequence was in 2008, which they misplaced to the Philadelphia Phillies in 5 video games.