The Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays have advanced to the 2020 World Series. The two teams entered the playoffs with the two best records in Major League Baseball, and survived the expanded three round gauntlet to reach the Fall Classic.
The World Series start date is Tuesday, October 20th. The Dodgers are the higher seed by virtue of record, and thus will serve as the home team in Games 1 and 2, and if necessary, Games 6 and 7. However, the series location will be Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. MLB moved the LDS, LCS, and World Series rounds to neutral fields in order to minimize team travel during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Dodgers will bat second in the first two and last two games, while the Rays will bat second in the middle three games.
How they got here
Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers finished the regular season 43-17. They won the National League West, finishing six games ahead of the second place Padres (37-23). The next closest division winner was the Braves at 35-25.
The Dodgers swept the Brewers in two games in the Wild Card round. They then swept the Padres in the Division Round. Finally, the Dodgers beat the Braves in seven games in the League Championship Series round.
Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays finished the regular season 40-20. They won the American League East, finishing seven games ahead of the second place Yankees (33-27). The Athletics and Twins tied as the next closest division winner at 36-24.
The Rays swept the Blue Jays in two games in the Wild Card round. They then beat the Yankees in five games in the Division Round. Finally, the Rays beat the Astros in seven games in the League Championship Series round.
World Series schedule
Game 1: Rays @ Dodgers, Tuesday, October 20, 8:09 p.m., FOX
Game 2: Rays @ Dodgers, Wednesday, October 21, 8:08 p.m., FOX
Game 3: Dodgers @ Rays, Friday, October 23, 8:08 p.m., FOX
Game 4: Dodgers @ Rays, Saturday, October 24, 8:08 p.m., FOX
Game 5: Dodgers @ Rays, Sunday, October 25, 8:08 p.m., FOX — if necessary
Game 6: Rays @ Dodgers, Tuesday, October 27, 8:08 p.m., FOX — if necessary
Game 7: Rays @ Dodgers, Wednesday, October 28, 8:09 p.m., FOX — if necessary
Total games played
6 games: +200
7 games: +215
5 games: +355
4 games: +465
Dodgers to win 4-2: +350
Dodgers to win 4-3: +425
Dodgers to win 4-1: +500
Rays to win 4-3: +650
Rays to win 4-2: +750
Dodgers to win 4-0: +775
Rays to win 4-1: +1200
Rays to win 4-0: +2000
Mookie Betts: +800
Tyler Glasnow: +900
Randy Arozarena: +1000
Clayton Kershaw: +1000
Cody Bellinger: +1200
Walker Buehler: +1200
Corey Seager: +1200
Charlie Morton: +1500
Max Muncy: +1500
Blake Snell: +1500
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