In a pivotal Game 4 of the World Series, the Tampa Bay Rays will take on the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday. The 2020 season is down to its final games, as the Dodgers hold a 2-1 lead over the Rays.
Los Angeles came away with a 6-2 win Friday night behind some early offense and great starting pitching. The Dodgers are the favorites in Game 4, as they will send Julio Urias to the mound. At BetUS Sportsbook, Los Angeles is listed at -170, with the total set at 8.
Urias Looking to Get it to Kershaw
Urias takes the mound with a chance to give the ball to Clayton Kershaw in Game 5 with a chance to win it all. The 24-year-old from Mexico threw three hitless innings in the Game 7 win over the Braves.
He has been outstanding in the postseason with 16 innings pitched and one earned run allowed. During the regular season, Urias went 3-0 with a 3.27 earned run average, striking out 45 batters. He is 6-2 in the postseason lifetime.
In the Game 3 win, Justin Turner got the party started. The third baseman smacked a first-inning home run and finished with two hits.
Max Muncy was great as well, finishing with two RBI. Catcher Austin Barnes, who batted eighth for the Dodgers, hit a solo home run and also drove in a run with a bunt. The Dodgers pounded out 10 hits in the Game 3 win.
Mookie Betts is in the running for the World Series MVP. Los Angeles made big MLB news in acquiring Betts from Boston in the offseason. In his first season with the Dodgers, Betts has four hits in 12 at-bats in the World Series.
Betts had seven hits in the series against the Braves and was 4-for-12 in the series against the Padres. The Dodgers’ rightfielder hit .292 during the regular season with 16 home runs and 39 runs batted in.
Ryan Yarbrough will get the start for the Tampa Bay Rays 4. He is a 28-year-old from Lakeland, Fl.
The left-hander started nine regular-season games, striking out 44 batters in 55 2/3 innings. He faced four batters in the Game 2 win over the Dodgers.
In that Game 2 win, Brandon Lowe bounced back with two home runs. He went back to his struggles in Game 3 with three strikeouts.
The Rays did not hit much at all in Game 3, finishing with just four hits. The Rays scored on a Willy Adames RBI double and a Randy Arozarena solo home run.
The Tampa Bay offense is going to need to cut down on the strikeouts. Urias has strikeout stuff, and the Rays are coming off a game in which they struck out 13 times.
Pick and Prediction
We have seen the stuff from Urias during this postseason, and it is outstanding. The Rays’ hitters are going to have to be ready to see all kinds of nasty stuff.
With the Rays going to a bullpen game in this one, it will be interesting to see how they can string together 27 outs. In the meantime, the Rays are going to need to find their bats. It’s hard to imagine both pieces coming together against a red hot Dodgers team.
This game has the Dodgers written all over it. Look for more clutch hitting from Betts, Turner and Muncy. In making our MLB picks, we are betting the Los Angeles Dodgers -170 and even looking at the -1.5 (-110) as the Dodgers win by more than a single run.
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