Game two of the World Series is set for Wednesday, October 21, 2020, and the Tampa Bay Rays will be looking to avoid going into a 2-0 hole against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Los Angeles is considered the home team in game two, but the whole series is taking place in Arlington. This game will air live on FOX at 8:08 p.m. EST.
Los Angeles took a 1-0 series lead with a dominant 8-3 game one win. Cody Bellinger remained clutch and opened the scoring with a two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth innings. Los Angeles added four runs in the bottom of the fifth and another two runs in the bottom of the sixth. Tampa Bay tried to mount a comeback, but their rally in the top of the seventh was cut short. Los Angeles announced their presence early in this World Series.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are now -375 favorites to win the 2020 World Series. Tampa Bay is +300 to lift the trophy.
Below is my pick for game one of the World Series between the Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Dodgers. All odds are from BetMGM Sportsbook.
Tampa Bay Rays (+132) vs Los Angeles Dodgers (-152)
Pitching Matchup (Playoffs): Blake Snell (2-2, 3.20 ERA, 1.20 WHIP) vs Tony Gonsolin (0-1, 9.95 ERA, 1.74 WHIP)
Blake Snell gets the ball in game two and he will be happy to continue his streak of the Rays alternating wins and losses in the playoffs. Snell last pitched in game six of the ALCS, against the Houston Astros, and gave up three hits, walked four batters, and allowed two earned runs in four innings of work. The Astros went on to force a game seven with a 7-4 win. For the playoffs, Snell has given up 16 hits, walked 10 batters, and allowed seven earned runs in 19.2 innings pitched.
Tony Gonsolin will get the ball in this key game two and will look to do better than his previous two postseason appearances this year. Gonsolin started game two of the NLCS and allowed three hits, walked three batters, and gave up five earned runs in just 4.1 innings of work against the Atlanta Braves. The righty then appeared in relief in game seven and allowed two hits and two earned runs in two innings of work. Tony Gonsolin’s job is to just keep the Dodgers in this game for a few innings.
MLB Predictions: I like the Tampa Bay Rays to tie the series up.
2020 Picks Record: 68-50