2020 World Series: Rays, Dodgers announce starting pitcher for Game 1

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The Rays and Dodgers have named two of their starters for Game 1 of the 2020 World Series, running on Tuesday night at the neutral site Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.

For Game 1, Tampa Bay will turn to 27-year-old right-hander Tyler Glassov, and in Game 2, 27-year-old leftie Blake Snell gets the call. The Dodgers will node Ace Clayton Kershaw for Game 1.

The 32-year-old Kershav will be on a four-day rest for the series opener. The veteran Southeastern finished the regular season in 58 1/3 innings with a 2.16 ERA / 196 ERA + with a 7.75 K / BB ratio. Kershaw started Game 2 of the NL Wild Card round against the Brewers, Game 2 of the NLDS against the Padres, and Game 4 of the NLCS against the Breaks. He started NLCS Game 4 because of back spams from his scheduled Game 2 start. His 2020 playoff figures include 3.32 ERA in three strikes (with 23 innings), 23 strikes and two walks.

In the regular season, Glasgow pitched 4.08 ERA / 104 ERA + with a 4.14 K / BB ratio in 578/3 innings. Glasgow relies primarily on a large fastball that averages 98 mph and a curve. In the 2020 postsheen, Glassov has an ERA of 4.66 with 25 strikes and eight walks in four strikes (19 1/3 innings). Snell, the 2018 AL Cy youth winner, logged a 3.24 ERA / 131 ERA + and a regular 3.50 K / BB ratio in 11 fast seasons, largely dependent on his fastball and changeup. This postshean, he made four starts (19 2/3 innings) with 19 strikes against 3.20 ERA and 10 strikes.

This season the Dodgers had a .837 against the right-hand side and a .779 OPS against the left-hand side. The Hitters currently on the Doggers’ roster have combined for 25 career plate appearances against Glasnow, and they have a slash line of 350 / .480 / .800 on that small sample. Against Snell, he has combined for 35 plate appearances – almost all by Mookie Bates – with a line of .90 / .343 / .452.

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