World Series Preview

World Series Preview

Charlie Abt

The Tampa Bay Rays will be facing off versus the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2020 World Series. The two teams have very similar roster-building philosophies, other than, of course, the Dodgers being willing to spend on players. One main reason they have similar philosophies, pitching, and defense, is at each roster’s core. That mainly stems from the fact the current Dodgers leader of baseball operations, Andrew Friedman, actually came from Tampa Bay. Tampa Bay’s entire roster has a prorated salary this year of 28.2 million, the lowest in the league, yet they are in the World Series. In contrast, the Dodgers, on the other hand, have a much higher payroll and are always in when a major player either hits the trade or free-agent market. Both teams were each the number one seeds in their respective leagues. The Dodgers have the most talented roster in league with three former MVPs in Cody Bellinger, Mookie Betts, and Clayton Kershaw. On the other hand, the Rays are led by a bunch of players who are relatively unknown, but they always come through when they need them. Their best offensive players this postseason has been a rookie, Randy Arozenrena, the 2020 ALCS MVP. Both teams have elite pitching and play stellar defense. They definitely took a different path to reach the postseason as the Rays took 3 games to 0 lead over the Houston Astros before almost blowing it and going to 7 games. While on the other hand, the Dodgers were down 3 games to 1 against the Atlanta Braves before mounting a comeback and winning the last three games. Overall, these were the two best teams in the league this year, and while both could win it all, I think the Dodgers will ultimately come out on top as they have the better all-around roster. My Prediction is Dodgers in six games.