The Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Dodgers continue World Series action Tuesday night with Game 6 of the best-of-seven game series. Los Angeles owns a 3-2 lead in the series and will try and clinch the franchises’ seventh world title.
The first pitch of Game 6 is at 8:08 pm ET at Globe Life Field in Arlington, TX. Los Angeles is the favorite to close out the series and hoist The Commissioners Trophy.
What to Know – Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays have fought tough with the Dodgers and are down but not out. Tampa Bay went just 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position in Sunday night’s Game 5 loss and will need more output from their offense if they want to suit up again on Wednesday night.
The 2018 Cy Young winner Blake Snell takes the mound in an attempt to even the series and force a Game 7. Snell looked sharp in his start in Game 2, firing 4.2 innings, allowing two runs on two hits, four walks, and collecting nine strikeouts. In the postseason, Snell has posted a 3-2 record with a 3.33 earned run average over 24.1 innings pitched.
Outfielder Randy Arozarena has been the talk of baseball fans around the nation with his postseason play at the plate. Arozarena is batting .370 in 19 games this postseason with 27 hits, including nine home runs and 13 RBI.
What to Know – Los Angeles Dodgers
The Los Angeles Dodgers are playing in their third World Series in the last four seasons and have put themselves one win away from winning their first World Series title since 1988. L.A. last faced the Houston Astros in Game 6 of the 2017 World Series in which the Dodgers won to force a Game 7.
Los Angeles turns the pitching duties to Tony Gonsolin, who will serve as the starter in Game 6. Gonsolin has been used as an ‘opener’ in his previous two starts this postseason.
The hope is for Gonsolin to toss five to six innings, but the right-hander only pitched 1.1 innings in his last start against the Rays. Gonsolin has a 9.39 ERA in short outings this postseason with just 7.2 innings pitched.
The Dodgers have power up and down their lineup, but Corey Seager continues to put together a postseason to remember for L.A. The 26-year old is batting .344 with eight home runs, 19 RBI, and 20 runs scored. There could be a handful of players to choose from, but Seager is a slight frontrunner for World Series MVP at the moment.
The Pick is In
Brandon Lowe hit a solo shot off Gonsolin in Game 2 that propelled the Rays to a 6-4 victory. Snell looked fantastic in the start, not allowing a hit through the first 4.2 innings. The Rays have the edge in this pitching matchup with their backs against the wall.
If the Dodgers get ahead, look for them to turn to Julio Urias to shut the door in extended relief. Rays will make it interesting, but the Dodger lock up their first World Series win in 32 years. The pick is the Dodgers on the moneyline.