For the first time since 2013, both No. 1 seeds will face off in the World Series, with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays beginning their best-of-seven set at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas on Tuesday.
Both teams required seven games in the League Championship Series, the Dodgers prevailing over the Braves and the Rays fending off the Astros. Los Angeles is in the World Series for the third time in four years, while Tampa Bay is making the second appearance in franchise history, and first since 2008.
The Dodgers have won the World Series six times in franchise history, most recently in 1988. The Rays, who entered the league in 1998, are one of six current teams to have never won a championship.
Here's everything you need to know for Game 1:
Time: 8:11 p.m. ET
TV channel: Fox
Betting odds: SportsBookWire.usatoday.com
The 2020 World Series is being played at Globe Life Field. (Photo: Kevin Jairaj, USA TODAY Sports)
Right-hander Tyler Glasnow (postseason: 2-1, 4.66 ERA, 25 K in 19⅓ innings) takes the mound for the Rays in the opener. The 27-year-old, acquired in a 2018 trade, has made four starts in the playoffs this year and hasn't pitched since Game 4 of the ALCS.
The Dodgers give the ball to three-timeCy Young winner Clayton Kershaw (postseason: 2-1, 3.32 ERA, 23 K in 19 innings) in Game 1. Kershaw pitched five games – four starts – and 26⅔ total innings in the 2017 and 2018 World Series with a 5.40 ERA and 1.16 WHIP.
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