2020 World Series Preview
If you were to look at the standings at the end of this shortened season, this should not surprise you. Both the Rays and Dodgers had the two best records in baseball this year. While most people can agree that after the acquisition of Mookie Betts, the Dodgers were a sure thing to make the World Series, I can say we didn't think of the Rays getting this far.
The Rays don't necessarily have a star studded lineup. Pushed into the playoffs with MVP level play by Brandon Lowe and sabermetric-style pitching, the Rays made their way in as the number one seed. After rolling through the Blue Jays in the Wild Card round, the Rays faced the Yankees. It took until the final game of the series (and a timely home run off of Aroldis Chapman by now-folk hero Mike Brosseau), the Rays faced the Death Star which was the Houston Astros. These low scoring affairs between the two came down the game seven. Playoff MVP Randy Arozerena hit a two run bomb in the bottom of the first and the Rays didn't look back. The lowest payroll in baseball now meet their opposite, the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Dodgers are supposed to be here. They acquired Mookie Betts this offseason from the Red Sox (who for some reason didn't like the idea of paying a top five player the money he deserved), and were off to the races from day one. Thanks to simply outscoring everyone, the Dodgers rolled into the playoffs with the best record in baseball. They rolled through both the Brewers and the Padres to find the Atlanta Braves. Only three of the seven games were relatively close, with the last two margin of victory being by two and one run. Thanks to a two out, two strike home run in the bottom of the seventh by Cody Bellinger, the Dodgers, winner of three of the last four NLCS pennants, find themselves back in contention for the World Series.