Mookie Betts and the powerful Los Angeles Dodgers ran roughshod over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday, plating 8 runs and thumping Tyler Glasnow en route to a Game 1 victory. Their power and speed were relentless, while Clayton Kershaw chipped in with one of the best postseason starts of his career.
The two clubs will run it back again Wednesday evening, with Tampa turning to former Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell to help steer them back into contention. The talented lefty has pitched rather well this postseason, and it will be interesting to see how deep the Rays let him pitch given their preponderance of elite bullpen arms. Odds are Dave Roberts will roll out a righty-heavy lineup to counter Snell initially, so expect to see the likes of Enrique Hernandez, Chris Taylor, and AJ Pollock starting.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers will turn to Tony Gonsolin, who so far has allowed almost as many runs (7) as he has Ks (8) so far this postseason. He pitched to a stellar 2.31 ERA in 46.2 regular season innings, however, and certainly has a pile of talent in his right arm, and the Dodgers are obviously hoping his early struggles in his first run through the playoffs are the aberration and not the norm.
I’ll be eating BBQ during this one while also dreaming about tacos and pizza. Grab yourself a warm bag of chow, settle in, and watch one of the final baseball tussles of the year this evening.
First pitch is set for 8:08 PM ET.