World Series 2020: Updated Rays vs. Dodgers Predictions and Schedule

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistOctober 26, 2020

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning in Game 5 of the baseball World Series Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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One win.

That is all that stands in the way of the Los Angeles Dodgers and their first World Series title since 1988 after they defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 in Sunday's Game 5 to take a 3-2 lead.

With that in mind, here is an updated schedule and predictions for how the rest of the series will play out.

               

2020 World Series Remaining Schedule

Game 6: Tuesday at 8:08 p.m. ET on Fox

Game 7*: Wednesday at 8:09 p.m. ET on Fox

*If necessary.

               

Prediction

The thought here is the two teams will continue to trade wins until this series goes the distance.

Los Angeles is 3-0 in games that Clayton Kershaw or Walker Buehler pitch and 0-2 when they do not. Since Kershaw helped his team notch a key victory in Game 5, there is not the same win-or-go-home pressure on the next contest.

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That means manager Dave Roberts doesn't have to force the issue and go with Buehler on short rest for Tuesday's contest. ESPN's Jeff Passan reported the Dodgers will start Tony Gonsolin in Game 6.

Rather, he can save the right-hander in case there is a Game 7 and potentially even have Kershaw available out of the bullpen behind him for a decisive showdown on Wednesday.

The Rays are also set up fairly nicely to force a Game 7, with Blake Snell taking the hill on Tuesday.

The southpaw, who took home the 2018 American League Cy Young award, is the anchor of Tampa Bay's rotation and will be looking to last longer into the game than his last outing when he allowed two earned runs in 4.2 innings in Game 2.

He was largely dialed in with nine strikeouts during that game, but a two-run homer from Chris Taylor ended what was otherwise a shutout performance.

Look for Snell to resemble the Cy Young winner he was not that long ago and keep Tampa Bay's season alive.

Unfortunately for the Rays, the Buehler and Kershaw combination will be too much in Game 7.

                

Prediction: Rays win Game 6, Dodgers win Game 7