2020 World Series: Dodgers vs. Rays Game 6 odds and preview

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October 26th, 2020

Just about everything went right for the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5, and now they find themselves a win away from their first World Series title since 1988.

Clayton Kershaw perplexed the Tampa Bay Rays lineup, Dustin May pitched well in relief (rewarding manager Dave Roberts’ confidence), and Blake Treinen picked up the save in a 4-2 decision. On offense, Joc Pederson and Max Muncy each went deep, demonstrating the Dodgers’ depth of quality hitting.

The Rays might have the edge in starting pitching in Game 6, but will it be enough for them to force a Game 7? Here’s our preview of Tuesday night’s must-win clash for Tampa.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Wed, October 28 2020, 12:08 AM

LA Dodgers[T. Gonsolin]

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O 8.5

TB Rays[B. Snell]

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U 8.5

The modern pitching philosophy was on full display when Blake Snell and Tony Gonsolin met in Game 2. History should repeat itself in Tuesday night’s Game 6 and reward Over bettors, who are 4-1 in the 2020 World Series.

Snell cruised through his first two times through the L.A. lineup in Game 2 but began to struggle by the time he hit the third go-around, and he was lifted by manager Kevin Cash in short order.

The Dodgers hitters picked up invaluable experience against the former Cy Young winner, and can pounce on him early in Game 6. Snell should be particularly wary of shortstop Corey Seager, who hit the single that knocked him out of Game 2. Seager is 8-for-17 in this series, with two home runs, four RBIs, and five walks.

Gonsolin wasn’t even allowed to get through the Tampa order once in Game 2, as he was removed after just four outs. He sports a 9.39 ERA this postseason.

As was the case in Game 2, when managers play the bullpen game and look to exploit matchups, they often end up running through their relievers until they find at least one arm who “doesn’t have it” on a given night.

For Wednesday’s Game 2 tilt, that was May, who was charged with three earned runs in 1 1/3 innings of a 6-4 defeat. The Dodgers bullpen hasn’t been as deep as Tampa’s in this series.

In addition to Randy Arozarena, L.A. will have to watch out for Rays outfielders Manuel Margot and Kevin Kiermaier, who appear to be heating up at the dish. Margot is 6-for-15, with two RBIs in the series, while Kiermaier is 6-for-16, with a pair of home runs.