Tampa Bay Rays vs Los Angeles Dodgers Prediction, 10/21/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Tampa Bay Rays vs Los Angeles Dodgers
Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Location: Globe Life Field in Arlington, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Rays (+133) Dodgers (-144)
Globe Life Field is the venue where Corey Seager and the Los Angeles Dodgers (43-17, 1st in NL West) will play the Tampa Bay Rays (40-20, 1st in AL East) on Wednesday in Game 2 of the World Series. L.A. leads the series 1-0 after winning Game 1 by a score of 8-3. Clayton Kershaw pitched 6 innings of 1-run ball and Mookie Betts finished 2-4 with a home run to give Los Angeles the early edge. The Dodgers open Game 2 at -144 while the Rays are coming in at +133. The O/U is set at 8. The men taking the mound will be Blake Snell and Tony Gonsolin.
Key Tampa Bay Rays Injuries
10/11/2020 Cody Reed RP Finger Expected to be out until at least Oct 19
8/29/2020 Chaz Roe RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Feb 1, 2021
8/29/2020 Jalen Beeks RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 1, 2021
8/22/2020 Yonny Chirinos SP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Feb 1, 2022
8/13/2020 Andrew Kittredge RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Feb 1, 2022
7/21/2020 Colin Poche RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 1, 2021
Key Los Angeles Dodgers Injuries
10/6/2020 Edwin Uceta RP Suspension Suspended until Oct 5
9/30/2020 Caleb Ferguson RP Elbow Out for the season
9/27/2020 Zach Reks LF Undisclosed Out for the season
7/21/2020 Jimmy Nelson SP Back Expected to be out until at least Feb 1, 2021
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Rays had a 40-20 overall record this season. Snell has taken the ball for 556 innings and has earned 648 K's during his pro baseball career. His earned run average is 3.24 (200 ER's allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.237. He has surrendered 456 base knocks (7.4 hits per nine innings) and has 232 walks. Snell (42-30 win-loss mark in his career) is the owner of a FIP of 3.53 while facing 2,292 hitters in the majors. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.37 and they have given up 234 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .209 against the bullpen and they've struck out 263 hitters and walked 87 batters. As a team, Tampa Bay allows 8.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.4 batters per nine innings. They are 3rd in the league in team earned run average at 3.56. The Rays pitchers collectively have given up 475 base hits and 209 earned runs. They have allowed 70 home runs this season, ranking them 19th in the league. Tampa Bay as a pitching staff has walked 168 batters and struck out 552. They have walked 2.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.4 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.22 and their FIP as a unit is 3.94.
As a team Tampa Bay is hitting .238, good for 21st in the league. The Rays hold a .425 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .328, which is good for 11th in baseball. They rank 20th in MLB with 7.8 hits per game. Joey Wendle is hitting .286 with an on-base percentage of .342. He has 48 hits this season in 168 at bats with 17 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .435 and an OPS+ of 116. Kevin Kiermaier is hitting .217 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .321. He has totaled 30 hits and he has driven in 22 men in 138 at bats. His OPS+ is 91 while his slugging percentage is at .362. The Rays have 470 hits, including 105 doubles and 80 home runs. Tampa Bay has walked 243 times so far this season and they have struck out 608 times as a unit. They have left 416 men on base and have a team OPS of .753. They score 4.82 runs per contest and have scored a total of 289 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Los Angeles has a 43-17 overall mark this year. Gonsolin (6-4 record in his career) has earned a 2.61 ERA while allowing 6.1 hits per 9 innings. His strikeout to walk ratio is 3.77 and he has gone up against 339 hitters so far in his MLB career. During his career, Gonsolin has surrendered 58 hits while he has tallied 83 K's in 86 innings pitched. He has allowed a total of 25 ER's while earning a WHIP of 0.928 and a FIP of 3.0. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.74 and they have given up 199 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .188 against the Dodgers bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 258 batters and walked 75 opposing hitters. As a team, Los Angeles allows 7.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.6 batters per nine innings. They are 1st in the league in team earned run average at 3.02. The Dodgers pitchers as a team have surrendered 424 base knocks and 181 earned runs this season. They have given up 66 home runs this year, which ranks 29th in Major League Baseball. Los Angeles as a staff has walked 145 hitters and struck out 517 batters. They give up a walk 2.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.06 while their FIP as a staff is 3.79.
As a team, they are batting .256, good for 11th in the league. The Dodgers hold a .483 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .338, which is good for 5th in baseball. They rank 8th in MLB with 8.7 hits per contest. Corey Seager comes into this matchup batting .307 with an OBP of .358. He has 65 hits this year along with 41 RBI in 212 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .585 with an OPS+ of 152. Max Muncy is hitting .192 this season and he has an OBP of .331. He has collected 39 hits in 203 at bats while driving in 27 runs. He has an OPS+ of 97 and a slugging percentage of .389. The Dodgers as a unit have 523 base hits, including 97 doubles and 118 homers. Los Angeles has walked 228 times this year and they have struck out on 471 occasions. They have had 391 men left on base and have an OPS of .821. They have scored 5.82 runs per game and totaled 349 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Rays/Dodgers MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Rays (+133)
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