Major League World Series Recap

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Nick Noel, Staff Writer

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This 2020 Major League season ended on Tuesday night in Arlington, Texas with the Dodgers winning their first World Series in 32 years over the Rays.  The Dodgers won in six games, taking the series 4-2.  Through all the craziness this season brought with the COVID-19 pandemic, no fans, and some teams being out of play for almost two weeks at a time.  The season was still able to be finished and have a champion crowned.

In Game 1, the Dodgers cruised to victory with an 8-3 win.  Tyler Glasnow, one of the Rays top pitchers, only lasted 4.1 innings and gave up 6 runs.  The Dodgers came out swinging in Game 1, and this set the tone for them in the rest of the series.  In Game 2, the Rays won 6-4 behind Brandon Lowe hitting 2 homeruns.  There was also a great performance by the Rays bullpen once Blake Snell was taken out of the game after giving up 2 runs.  This would tie the series 1-1 leading into Game 3.

Game 3 was a great pitching matchup between Charlie Morton for the Rays and Walker Buehler for the Dodgers.  Buehler dominated for 6 innings, only giving up 1 run on 3 hits.  Charlie Morton had a rough night giving up 5 runs in 4.1 innings.  Mookie Betts, Justin Turner, and Max Muncy all had multi-hit nights and the dodgers pulled away with a 6-2 win.  Game 4 was one of the wildest world series games ever, and definitely the best game of the series.  This game was back and forth going into the bottom of the 9th.  The Rays were down 7-6 going into the bottom of the 9th.  Down to their last out with runners on 1st and 2nd Brett Phillips came to the plate.  It had been 17 days since his last at bat, and a month since he last got a hit.  He lined the ball into centerfield, and centerfielder Chris Taylor made a costly error, allowing the runner from 2nd to score with ease which led to Randy Arozarena trying to score from first.  Arozarena fell down on his way to the plate.  On the relay throw from first, the catcher for the Dodgers, Will Smith, was too worried about making the tag and let the ball get away from him.  This allowed Arozarena to score and let the Rays walk off and win game 4.  This was one of the craziest finishes in World Series History.

Game 5 was a repeat pitching matchup between Kershaw and Glasnow.  Clayton Kershaw has always been known for not being good in the playoffs, but in this game he proved himself.  He pitched 5.2 innings, only allowing 2 runs and giving the Dodgers a chance to win.  Mookie Betts made an incredible catch late in the game to seal the deal for the Dodgers taking the series lead 3-2 with a 4-2 win.  In Game 6, Blake Snell was absolutely shoving for the Rays, but after he gave up his 2nd hit of the night in the 6th, The manager for the Rays, Kevin Cash, took Snell out of the game.  Many people around the baseball world have been saying that this was a horrible decision and one of the worst of all time.  Many people think this because Blake Snell was pitching so well he should have stayed in the game.  Personally, I think Kevin Cash is a great manager and a big part of the Rays success, but the decision he made wasn’t very good.  He probably should have let Snell go a little longer.  After this, the Rays bullpen would give up 3 runs and the Rays couldn’t get the bats going to catch back up.

The Dodgers won the game 3-1, claiming their first world series in 32 years.  The World Series MVP was Corey Seager.  This postseason he hit for a .328 average with 8 homeruns, 20 RBI’s and an OPS of 1.171.  There was some controversy after the game because midway through Game 6 Justin Turner was taken out of the game due to a positive COVID test.  Despite this, he was seen after the game on the field celebrating with his teammates and received a lot of criticism for possibly risking spreading the virus to other teammates.  This season, the Dodgers were the team to beat and they had a chip on their shoulder after losing in the world series in 2017 and 2018.  Through all the craziness this year, the season was able to be completed and the MLB is probably forming a plan for next season.

Eric Gay

Justin Turner celebrating world series win after testing positive for Coronavirus.