Through two World Series matches, the Los Angeles Dodgers – the owner of the best record in majors – and the Tampa Bay Rays, which have the best record in the Navy this season, each winning games. While the Dodgers have been our favorites to win a World Series since then pre-season and remains the favorite by weight our model, The Rays are a talented and creative team that won the second most games this season with the first team. third lowest salary. Like the meeting of the two best MLB teams in the championship series rarely, so what have we learned about this fight through two matches? And what does this mean for the World Series going forward as games resume today?
The Dodgers lineup is very deep
After that he helped send the Dodgers to the World Series with impressive home runs Game 7 of the NL championship series, Cody Bellinger homered again Tuesday. Even though he came from an unequal season, he was still a better hitter than the league average, according to Baseball-Reference.com’s OPS + metric. Through the season of 24 years, he has won the MVP (2019) and the Rookie of the Year Award (2017). According to Baseball-Reference.com, the most similar batter for him through the age of 24 including Darryl Strawberry, Giancarlo Stanton and Manny Ramirez. What’s also remarkable about Bellinger’s soaring home run is his place in the batting sequence when he hits it: sixth. It’s incredible that the Dodgers have such hitters at the bottom of their lineup. In the following Tuesday, Chris Taylor hit seventh, Max Muncy’s single home to give the Dodgers a 5-1 lead. Enrique Hernández – who came off the bench to score in eighth – was followed by an RBI to open the game.
The talent and depth of the Dodgers lineup is rare and is a huge advantage. This season, the Dodgers lineup posted above-league OPS scores for eight of the nine lineup positions. Their number 6 scorer this season combined to be 31 per cent better than the league average for the venue. The seventh, eighth and ninth batting Dodgers combined for a sOPS + number of 136, or 36 percent above the league average production for the bottom third of a lineup. The 7-8-9 Dodgers combined to tie the knot for the 18th best production ever recorded in the game. To the opposing pitcher, the threats seemed endless.
Ice-cold bats need to warm up for light
Meanwhile rookie Randy Arozarena experienced the all-time great postseasonThe number of regular visitors to Rays did not do well in the postseason, batting .213 as a team through Game 2. The slumping Rays included Brandon Lowe, who led the team home run and WAR in the regular season but entering Game 2 only hitting 0.107 in the playoffs.
So that Lowe destroyed a first home run Wednesday, and homered again in the fifth to risk the Rays for a 5-0 lead, was the kind of bat Rays needed to go. The Rays progress to the World Series with regulars Lowe, Austin Meadows and Willy Adames all hitting less than .200 with an OPS mark of 0.549 or worse entering Game 3. Rays need them to break out.
Kershaw changed the story
Longtime ace Dodgers Clayton Kershaw has been criticized for years about his possession post season performance. For his career, Kershaw has a 2.43 ERA in the regular season (a record 175-76) compared to 4.22 ERA in the postseason (a record 12-12).
But if he can follow through on an incredible Game 1 outing and help the Dodgers to the title, he can put an end to the questions surrounding his ability to make the playoffs. Kershaw put together an excellent postseason, with a 3-1 and 2.88 ERA record over 25 innings, most in the postseason field.
Kershaw has several performance trends to its advantage. The speed is increasing this season having set career lows in 2018 and again in 2019. He’s also relying on his slider at a 42 percent rate in the playoffs, the second he threw the most in the postseason, and up from his rate regular season, which has improved in recent seasons. He throws more often than fastballs (41.7 percent) This October. Kershaw throws 35 sliders in Game 1, almost 45 percent total offerings, push 21 swings and 11 smells. He’s throwing 145 sliders this October, and his opponent is batting is only .200 in that case. The slider is probably Kershaw’s narrative-changer ace.
The beam throwing gives them a chance… if they don’t deviate from their plans
The Rays have excelled at limiting their early throwers’ exposures, on average the least tone per the start of this season (71). For example, in Game 7 of ALCS, Beam thrower Charlie Morton was drawn after throwing 66 throws despite allowing only two hits during the closing 5⅔ innings. The idea is that throwers usually perform worse each cycle through the opponent’s lineup. The practice, coupled with elite bullpen and supported by one of these games best defense, has allowed Rays to be nearly the same as the Dodgers at prevent running this season – even though operating on only a fraction of their salary.
So it was shocking to see Ray’s manager Kevin Cash allow Tyler Glasnow to pitch career high 112 pitch in Game 1. Glasnow isn’t very sharp, give up four of the six total trips before the fifth inning, when the Dodgers opened the game.
In Game 2, Cash worked out a lot like he has had most of the season, pulling Blake Snell’s starter after 88 throws, in line with his average season. The Rays Bullpen took the lead, and the formula that worked so often in the regular season – and during the playoffs leading up to the World Series – worked again. The Rays may have to stick to a plan and to stay effective if they hope to piss off the Dodgers.
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