During this post, madness was expected. Instead of the usual 10, 16 teams were included in a new playoff format cooked for this coronavirus-altered season, and each of them began with a three-game series. Nevertheless, although both series went under the wire in the previous round, the two best teams during the regular season now meet in the World Series: The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Dodgers were one of the oldest franchises in baseball to be the best team in the Major during the 60-game regular season, claiming 43 wins, their eighth straight National League West Division crown and the NL’s top seed in the playoffs . This is his third World Series trip in four years, having lost the previous two against Houston Astro in 2017 and 2018 with the Boston Red Sox – for teams that were later indicted and breaking the rules during those seasons Was punished for Nevertheless, the Dodgers have not won a title since 1988.
On the other hand, the Rays are one of the youngest franchises in baseball, paired with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 1998 as expansion teams. In the regular season, Ray won 40 games, his first American League East title since 2010 and the AL’s top spot in the playoffs. It was his only trip to the World Series in 2008, which he lost to the Philadelphia Phillies in five games.
Game 1 has been launched at 8 pm Eastern Time on Tuesday evening and will be broadcast on Fox.
A large spending disparity
The most obvious difference between Dodgers and Rays is money. The Dodgers’ opening day salary was the third-largest set in the major leagues at $ 225 million, according to Cott’s Baseball Contracts, with the epidemic shortening the season and cutting salaries.
The Rays, which play in an old stadium and are regularly at the bottom of baseball’s attendance list, are at the end of MLB’s revenue-sharing and pre-epidemic opening day payout of $ 94 million, which the majors Are the fourth smallest. .
The Rays rely on strong scouting, analytics savvy and strong player development to build their roster – or trade for hidden gems in other organizations, such as postseason star Randy Azarna or starter Tyler Glassov. They play stellar defense and have a deep group of players, especially on the mound, with manager Kevin Cash repeatedly out to exploit the matchup.
Despite failing to win the World Series title recently, the Dodgers have been juggling under the leadership of their president of baseball operations Andrew Freedman for the past several years. He was the general manager of Kiran from 2005 to 2014, the architect of the team that reached the 2008 World Series. During his tenure there, he hired Eric Neander, now Rage ‘GM, as an apprentice.
Freedman brought his skills to Los Angeles, where the Dodgers have both built a robust farm system (which has produced stars such as outfielder Cody Bellinger and starter Walker Buehler) and flexed their financial muscle (they are superstar outfielder Mookie Bates 12 years old, $ 365) -billion extensions after trading for her before this season).
A strange setting for the Fall Classic
During the final week of the regular season, MLB asked teams to qualify for the playoffs in hotels, even at home. Therefore, both Rage and Dodgers have been staying out of hotels for almost a month. Players’ wives and children were allowed to join them until they too were quarantined.
When the MLB and the players’ union agreed to play in a handful of contained environments for the playoffs, the country’s virus hot spots were changing and both sides wanted to limit their risk by cutting back on normal postseason travel. So they chose warm-weather locations as neutral destinations: Southern California AL and NL for Texas
The World Series will be held at the new stadium in Globe Life Field, Texas Rangers Arlington, Texas, which has a retractable roof and artificial turf. It will be the first World Series held at a neutral venue and for the first time since 1944, all will be played in a stadium. A limited number of tickets for the World Series have been sold, and fans were also allowed into the NL Championship Series games at the Globe Life Field.
While Ray played the last two weeks at Petco Park, San Diego, the Dodgers are already familiar with Globe Life Park, where they played the last two rounds of the playoffs.
Although traditional days were removed from the first three rounds this year, which are the pitching plans of complex teams, they are back on the schedule for the World Series. Dodgers and Rage will have a day off after Games 2 and 5.
Stars on the mound for game 1
It would be a marquee pitching matchup in the first game of the best-of-seven series: Dodgers Clayton Kershaw and Glasnow of the Rage.
Kershaw, 32, is a three-time Cy Young Award winner and arguably the best starting pitch of his generation. He had a regular season with a 6–2 record and a 2.16 earned run average. But he has a complex postson legacy, which is tested with both strong and poor performances, including this year. In 35 career playoff appearances, he is 11-12 with a 4.31 ERA
The 27-year-old Glasgow does not have a Kershaw track record, but he is certainly talented. He is better than his 2020 regular season number – 5-1 record and 4.08 ERA – suggested. His arsenal – a 100 mph fastball and a rogue curlball – makes him one of the best strike starters in baseball. He, too, has ruled this postman out of both the stout and the middle outings.
The Dodgers have not yet announced a Game 2 starter, but the Rays said they would go with 2018 Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell.