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Gamethread: Rays vs. Dodgers, World Series Game 2

Nothing is over one game in, but the opener was about an ideal game for L.A. as it could have hoped for

Dodger fans watch Game 1 of World Series at a drive-in viewing at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA
Dodger fans sit on the back seat of their convertible to watch Game 1 of the World Series with Clayton Kershaw pitching during a drive-in viewing at Dodger Stadium on Oct. 20, 2020 in Los Angeles.
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Well, the Monday morning quarterbacking of L.A.s resounding win over Tampa varies. One camp says it was ridiculous that Rays manager Kevin Cash left starter Tyler Glasnow in well past his sell-by date; another says that overworking Glasnow in a game that got out of hand (thanks to a swell start from Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers) preserves the killer Rays pen to still be a factor in the series.

Either way, you score just three runs in a World Series game, it’s hard to win, Rays.

Blake Snell tries to right the ship and take Tampa into the off-day tied 1-1. Here’s his offense:

A combination of factors, mostly related to the do-or-die-or-die-or-die the Dodgers found themselves in to even get to the World Series, sees rookie Tony Gonsolin take the pill to try to give L.A. a commanding lead early on. Here’s his lineup:

Here’s the schedule for the series, with days off after Games 2 and 5. NOTE: Times below are Eastern.