The 2020 MLB World Series gets underway tonight in Arlington, Texas. I’m bringing you a Rays Dodgers free pick today.
The entire World Series will be played at Globe Life Park to avoid any home field advantage.
Out of the American League, we have the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays finished with a 40-20 regular season record. The Los Angeles Dodgers advanced from the National League (43-17 record).
These were the only two teams to win 40+ games during the shortened MLB regular season.
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Game: Tampa Bay Rays (49-25) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (52-20)
Where: Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas
When: 8:00 PM ET, Tuesday, October 20th, 2020
TV Coverage: FOX
How They Got Here
The Dodgers have had the cleanest path to the World Series. LAD swept the Brewers (2-0) in the wild card series and Padres (3-0) in the NLDS. It took seven games to eliminate the Braves in the NLCS.
Tampa Bay swept the Blue Jays (2-0) in the wild card series, but they went the distance against the Yankees (3-2) in the ALDS and Astros (4-3) in the ALCS. Now this year’s top two teams will fight it out.
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World Series Game 1 Starting Pitchers
- LAD – Clayton Kershaw
Kershaw will draw the start in the World Series opener. He went 6-2 in the regular season with a 2.16 ERA and 0.84 WHIP. In the playoffs, Kershaw is 2-1 with a 3.32 ERA and 0.95 WHIP.
- TB – Tyler Glasnow
Glasnow will start for the Rays after he didn’t have to play in Game 7 against HOU. Glasnow went 5-1 during the regular season (4.08 ERA / 1.13 WHIP) and he’s 2-1 in the playoffs (4.66 ERA / 1.29 WHIP).
Rays Dodgers Free Pick – World Series Game 1
The Dodgers have the hitting edge in this series. LAD were the highest scoring team (5.81 RPG) this year. The Rays score 4.68 RPG (13th), but they’ve been heating up in the playoffs.
Tampa Bay have already smashed 25 HRs in the playoffs. Randy Arozarena leads the Rays with a .382 batting average and 7 HRs. Manuel Margot has 5 HRs and leads the team with 11 RBIs.
Corey Seager leads the Dodgers in home runs (6) and RBIs (15) in the playoffs.
I’m betting on over 7.5 runs (+100) tonight in game 1. The total seems a little too low based on the starting pitchers and how they’ve performed in the playoffs up to this point.
I also think the Rays are a live underdog at +160 odds, but my best bet is O7.5 runs.
Rays Dodgers Free Pick: Over 7.5 Runs (+100)
Free Pick By Scott Jack