World Series Game 6 Preview: Dodgers Aim for Championship / Rays Hope for Survival

MLB Oct 27, 2020

World Series Game 6:  Los Angeles Dodgers Hope to Hoist Trophy; Rays Looking to Survive for One More Game

One night after one of the craziest World Series games of all time, the Los Angeles Dodgers took the pivotal Game 5 match-up, putting them one win away from their first title since 1988.  The Tampa Bay Rays, which won the wild affair on Saturday night, couldn’t come up with the big hit in Game 5, but they’ll turn to one of their aces, Blake Snell, for Game 6.

The Rays had Tyler Glasnow on the hill in Game 5, but LA struck early against him. The Dodgers ran up Glasnow’s pitch count and pushed across three runs in the first two innings before Tampa Bay’s offense could respond.

The Dodgers, meanwhile, played a clean game after the two-out, two-strike disaster that unfolded on Saturday night.  LA had their ace, Clayton Kershaw, on the mound, and Kershaw submitted perhaps a career-defining performance.

Although shaky at times through the middle innings, Kershaw locked down the Rays lineup and made a huge play to thwart an attempt to steal home by Manuel Margot.  When Dodgers manager Dave Roberts pulled Kershaw from the game in the sixth, he’d retired eight batters in a row.  All told, he went 5.2 innings, giving up five hits, two runs, two walks and registering six strikeouts.

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Rays Need a Win

For Game 6, the Rays need a win to survive.  Snell is set to take the mound for Tampa Bay.  The lefty goes on five days rest since his start in Game 2.  During that game, Snell tossed 4.2 innings, giving up just two runs and two hits, but walking four and striking out nine.  He’ll need to command the strike zone and avoid elevating not only his fastball but his pitch count.  He threw 88 pitches in 4.2 innings on last Tuesday.

Snell will need to continue to shut down Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger for the Rays to have a chance.  Over the last two games, Betts is 1-for-10 with just one run scored and two strikeouts.  Bellinger, meanwhile, is just 2-for-15 with four strikeouts, two walks, an RBI, and a run scored since Game 1.

Dodgers Turning to a Rookie

LA turns to rookie righthander Tony Gonsolin for Game 6.  Although he started Game 2 last Wednesday, Gonsolin served merely as an opener, going just 1.1 innings before being pulled.  He gave up a leadoff home run to Brandon Lowe. Gonsolin has struggled to regain his regular season success in the playoff, posting a 9.39 ERA in 7.2 innings pitched thus far.  He’s surrendered three homers over that span.

Gonsolin starting is good news for the Rays, especially considering both Julio Urias and Dustin May pitched Saturday and Sunday.  The Dodgers bullpen won’t have a lot of length Tuesday night should Gonsolin struggle.

Take the Rays and the Over

With Snell on the mound versus Gonsolin to start, the Rays are +120 to LA’s -145. The Rays seem to be in a better position considering the pitching match-up and bullpen condition, go with them.

Also, the over/under line for runs is 8.5, and if Game 6 is anything like the rest of this series, which has averaged 10 runs per game, the over looks pretty safe there as well.

-- by D.L. Ferno


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