Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Tampa Bay Rays Betting – 2020 World Series, Game 3

By Admir Aljic in MLB
| October 23, 2020 12:08 am PST

Who will take a 2-1 lead in the World Series? That is the question after the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 on Wednesday night, 6-4. The Tampa Bay offense finally got out of their doldrums, scoring six runs on 10 hits. Brandon Lowe had the big bat for Tampa Bay, homering twice in the contest, including a one-out shot in the top of the first as the Rays were able to get out to a 5-0 lead before hanging on for victory.

Now the teams return to the diamond with Tampa Bay being the “home team” for Game 3. Both teams used their bullpens quite extensively in Game 2 but, with a day off on Thursday, both sets of relievers should be ready to go.

Dodgers vs. Rays Game 3 Odds

BET ODDS
Dodgers -1.5 -110
Rays +1.5 -110
Dodgers to Win -160
Rays to Win +130
Over 7.5 -120
Under 7.5 +100

Oddsmakers clearly believe that Los Angeles should dominate this contest. They come in -160 on the moneyline but, even when giving up 1.5 runs for the spread, they still are given even odds to defeat Tampa Bay.

The total drops for the first time in this series. It was 8.0 for each of the first two contests but dropped to 7.5 for Game 3. That is a bit of a surprise as each of the first two games of the World Series went over.

Dodgers vs. Rays Game 3 Preview

The Dodgers went to their bullpen in Game 2, and still nearly pulled out the victory. Now they send ace Walker Buehler to the hill. The right-hander is 1-0 with a 1.89 ERA in the postseason. Buehler has gotten better as the playoffs have moved along, allowing one run in four innings in each of his first two starts, then allowing one run in five innings to Atlanta in Game 1 before tossing six shutout innings in Game 6 of the NLCS.

Corey Seager continues to put on quite a show in the playoffs. Seager homered Wednesday night, giving him seven in the post-season with 16 runs driven in, 15 runs scored, and a .302 batting average. It is remarkable the run he is on right now. But much can be said about Will Smith as well. Despite a .222 batting average, he has driven in 13 runs, tied for third most in the playoffs.

 The Rays counter with right-hander Charlie Morton. Morton is having quite a postseason run, going 3-0 with a 0.57 ERA. This, after he had a rather mediocre regular season, going 2-2 with a 4.74 ERA in nine starts. Morton dominated the Astros, allowing no runs in 10.2 innings pitched. He gave up just seven total hits and two walks while striking out 11.

Tampa Bay has been terrible with runners in scoring position during the playoffs, recording a .181 batting average. They were 1-9 in Game 2 and have been living off the long ball. With two homers on Wednesday, the Rays now have 28 homers in 16 games, the best homer per game average of any team in the playoffs. It still has only resulted in 65 runs driven in, but they can go deep on anyone.

Dodgers vs. Rays Pick for Game 3

It would seem that Los Angeles has a big edge with Buehler on the mound, but no one can deny the performance of Morton this postseason. He has been lights out, shutting down a talented Houston Astros lineup.

This would seem to give Tampa Bay an edge of their own, but there is one stat I really like in this game. Los Angeles has won nine of the last 10 starts by Buehler, and he has earned those victories, pitching very well in the postseason. I expect a low-scoring game won by the Dodgers, 4-2.

Pick
  • Los Angeles Dodgers to Win
    -160

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