World Series Prediction

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The 2020 World Series is set. The Los Angeles Dodgers will be facing off against the Tampa Bay Rays. This is the third time in four years that the Dodgers have made the World Series, while the Rays have not been since 2008. The Rays will be looking for their first World Series Championship since becoming a franchise, and the Dodgers will try to take back the title of World Champions since 1988.

Corey Seager, Dodgers Shortstop, has been on a massive hitting streak this postseason coming off of a .310 batting average with five home runs, and 11 RBIs from his last series against the Atlanta Braves. This helped him win the NLCS MVP Award.

Randy Arozarena, Rays’ left fielder, is also on fire this postseason finishing his last series against the Houston Astros with a .321 batting average with four home runs and 6 RBIs, and winning the ALCS MVP Award. 

I predict that this series will go six games.

Game 1 (Tue. Oct. 20):

The Rays have lights-out starting pitchers with Charlie Morton, Blake Snell, and Tyler Glasnow, with a decent bullpen behind them. I think they will give the start to their ace Blake Snell. If the Dodgers decide to throw either Walker Buhler or Clayton Kershaw, I can see Buhler starting,  then they will have a good chance of taking the first game; as long as the Dodgers can get their bats on the ball early and keep it going late into the game. They seem to start off slowly in the first few games but with Betts, Bellinger, Seager, and Muncy hitting well right now, I think the Dodgers will take game one with a final score of 7-4.

Game 2 (Wed. Oct. 21):

Again, the Rays have great starting pitchers, but the Dodgers also will have a good starter on the mound with only using one of their stars the night before. I can see the Rays starting Charlie Morton and the Dodgers starting Kershaw. Kershaw hasn’t been the best for the Dodgers these past years in the postseason but this year is different. He has 23 strikeouts, an ERA of 3.32, and a WHIP of 0.95. I see the Dodgers taking a close game two and going up 2-0 in the series with a final score of 4-3 .

Game 3 (Fri. Oct. 23):

This game is a must-win for the Rays and they have the pitching to get the W. I see Glasnow getting the start. He hasn’t been at his best this postseason posting a 4.66 ERA with 25 strikeouts, and a WHIP of 1.29, but I see him being able to come out and get the win against a Dodgers team that will be considered the away team and begin to be limited on pitching. I have the Rays winning 6-2; making the series 2-1.

Game 4 (Sat. Oct. 24):

The Dodgers will be looking to come back from losing the previous game, so I think they’ll come out swinging. I can see Dustin May starting on the mound for LA, while Tampa will probably start Ryan Yarbrough, who has done alright for the two games he’s started this postseason. With Betts and Seager being the hottest hitters for the Dodgers currently; they will help LA win with a score of 8-3 making the series 3-1.

Game 5 (Sun. Oct. 25):

The Dodgers will be looking to finish the series, but I don’t see it ending just yet. With the series being 3-1, the Rays will be out for blood to keep their World Series Championship alive. They will most likely start Blake Snell to try and help them secure the win. I see the Dodgers starting Julio Urías, who has been on his A game lately, instead of someone like Buhler, because it’s not a must win for them. But with it being an elimination game, I think the Rays will come out swinging and win 3-1 making the series 3-2.

Game 6 (Tue. Oct. 27):

I think this will be the final game of the series. The Dodgers will probably start Walker Buhler. He is the Dodgers best pitcher currently and it will be very difficult for the Rays offense to get hot. The Rays will need to find a way to get by a great Dodgers hitting squad after using their ace the game before. This is why I have the Dodgers winning this game 5-3 and winning the World Series 4-2.

 

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