- The Rays walked off the Dodgers in improbable fashion on Saturday, tying the World Series 2-2
- The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw faces the Rays’ Tyler Glasnow in a rematch of Game 1
- Game 5 starts at 8:08 pm ET from Globe Life Field in Texas
Brett Phillips: World Series hero. Obviously, right?
Game 4 of the Fall Classic was what everyone wants in the World Series. After both teams scored in each of the fifth, sixth and seventh, the Dodgers went up 7-6 in the top of the eighth. Then with Kenley Jansen on to close it out, Brett Phillips had the walk-off single to tie the World Series 2-2.
Tampa won’t have much time to celebrate, however. Game 5 is set for Sunday (October 25th) at 8:08 pm ET.
Dodgers vs Rays Odds – Game 5
|Los Angeles Dodgers (C. Kershaw)||-152||-1.5 (+116)||Over 7.5 (-115)|
|Tampa Bay Rays (T. Glasnow)||+132||+1.5 (-136)||Under 7.5 (-105)|
Odds as of Oct 24th from FanDuel.
Despite the Rays’ heroics, it wasn’t enough to steal favorite status from the Dodgers. LA (-152) is favored once again in Game 5.
— MLB (@MLB) October 25, 2020
After an explosive Game 4, the over has hit in all four World Series games. With the unpredictability of the series so far, the books have shaved the total back to 7.5.
Glasnow Looks for Redemption vs Kershaw
In Game 1, two pitchers with checkered postseason pasts faced off. Clayton Kershaw turned in a gem, while Tyler Glasnow added to his spotty history.
Now he gets a second chance with the opportunity to give the Rays a 3-2 lead.
Kershaw vs Glasnow: Game 1
|7/5||Ground Balls/Fly Balls||5/4|
Glasnow faced 23 batters on Tuesday, averaging 4.87 pitches per at-bat. Raising pitch counts is something that Dodger hitters have been very good at this postseason.
Saying his playoff results have been mixed would be kind to Glasnow. In seven starts he has finished the fifth inning three times. In four outings of his outings he’s allowed four earned runs. This year he’s allowed 14 walks over 23.2 innings, for a WHIP of 1.44.
The #Rays vs. Urias/Buehler/Kershaw:
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) October 25, 2020
Tampa meanwhile, played right into Kershaw’s hands. He cruised through six innings with the lone blemish, unsurprisingly, a solo home run. The Rays have hit a lot of those. Their boom or bust potential has killed them against the Kershaw/Buehler/Urias trio, and there’s little reason to expect that to change.
If Kershaw can get in and out of at-bats quickly in Game 5, he should make quick work of Tampa.
What’s Left in Rays’ Bullpen?
Ryan Yarbrough’s 3.1 innings in Game 4 continued a troubling trend for Rays starters.
A couple people have asked us about this and there have actually been two World Series where a team failed to have any SPs reach 5 innings pitched.
The 1989 Giants, who were swept in 4 games
The 1947 Dodgers, who lost in 7 games https://t.co/OOcN7wwFVW
— Baseball Reference (@baseball_ref) October 25, 2020
Yarbrough has now combined with Glasnow (4.1), Blake Snell (4.2), and Charlie Morton (4.1) to throw 16.2 innings over five starts. Needless to say, it’s put a lot of pressure on Tampa’s bullpen.
Rays World Series Bullpen Usage
|Pitcher||Appearances||Innings Pitched||Runs/Earned Runs||Inherited Runners/Scored||Hits||Strikeouts||Walks||Pitch Count|
Thompson, Fairbanks, Castillo, Loup, Anderson, and Curtiss all pitched in Game 4. It’s tough to see Castillo, Anderson, or Curtiss appearing in Game 5 based on usage, leaving Loup and Thompson to appear again. Tampa’s bullpen gave up nine hits and five runs over 5.2 innings of work.
Folks with other teams watching and asking: What about Glasnow for this game? And Glasnow is now in the bullpen, riding a stationary bike… He is scheduled to start tomorrow, but Rays are committed to doing everything to win tonight.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) October 25, 2020
Both Glasnow and Snell were spotted in the bullpen Saturday night. Twice each. It could be an indication that the Rays are on their last legs.
The Dodgers themselves were guilty of bullpen abuse in Game 5, using five relievers after Julio Urias was dominant for 4.2 innings. It’s very likely that Blake Treinen, Brusdar Graterol and Kenley Jansen are all unavailable on Sunday, but Dustin May could pitch.
Dodgers Forced to Regroup for Game 5
Until the last possible moment it looked like LA was going to head to Game 5 up 3-1.
Instead they’re tied 2-2.
But these aren’t the Dodgers of old. After coming back against the Braves, they shouldn’t blink. And the world saw how desperate the Rays’ pitching situation has become by the end of Game 4.
Expect LA to regroup and attack the Rays to try and tax the bullpen even more on Sunday night.
The Pick: Dodgers (-152), Over 7.5 (-115)
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