MLB Betting: 2020 World Series Game 2 Analysis

Posted by Derrick Harper on October 21, 2020 in

After the Los Angeles Dodgers bats came to life in their Game 1 victory, Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, will be ready for Game 2 of the 2020 World Series on Wednesday night. The Dodgers got the early edge in the series with an 8-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday. Let’s take a closer look at both teams and how they each arrive to Game 2 so you can set down your bets against their MLB odds.

2020 MLB World Series Game 2 Betting Analysis

In the opener, the Dodgers sent their future Hall of Famer, Clayton Kershaw, to the mound, while the Rays countered with young fireballer Tyler Glasnow. The Dodgers got on the board first, on a Cody Bellinger two-run homer off of Glasnow in the bottom of the fourth inning. Kevin Kiermaier hit a solo shot off of Kershaw in the top of the fifth to cut the deficit to 2-1.

In the bottom of the fifth, Mookie Betts walked, stole second and third, and scored on a Max Muncy fielder’s choice to extend the Dodgers’ lead to 3-1. Will Smith hit an RBI single to score Chris Taylor, as the Dodgers took a 4-1 lead and knocked Glasnow out of the game.

After Ryan Yarbrough relieved Glasnow, the Dodgers plated two more runs to take a 6-1 lead after five.

Mookie Betts led off the Dodgers sixth with a solo homer off Josh Fleming to extend the lead to 7-1. An RBI double by Max Muncy made it an 8-1 game after six innings.

Kershaw gave way to Dylan Floro to start the seventh. Kershaw, who has been much maligned in postseason games, went six innings, giving up one earned run and striking out eight.

Tampa Bay scored two in the bottom of the seventh to make it an 8-3 game. The bullpens took it the rest of the way, and the Rays never seriously threatened again.

Betts and Muncy led the Dodgers with two hits apiece, with Muncy driving in two runs. Kershaw earned the win for the Dodgers, while Tyler Glasnow took the loss for the Rays.

Blake Snell will take the mound for the Rays in Game 2. Snell went 4-2 with a 3.24 ERA in the regular season. He struck out 63 batters in his 50 innings pitched.

Snell has had some issues in the postseason but has battled through some of the rough times. He’s started four games and has a 3.20 ERA this postseason. If Snell can limit the walks, he will be hard for the Dodgers to handle.

The Dodgers have yet to name a starter for Game 2. We know it won’t be Walker Buehler, as he has been tabbed to start Game 3. We could see Dustin May start Game 2, as he only threw 18 pitches in one inning of his Game 7 NLCS start.

Alex Wood could also make the start, or the Dodgers could elect to go with an opener and make it a “bullpen game.”