WORLD SERIES GAME 2: RAYS PREGAME NOTES.

TAMPA BAY RAYS (0-1) at LOS ANGELES DODGERS (1-0)
LH Blake Snell (2-2, 3.20) vs. RH Tony Gonsolin (0-1, 9.95)
October 21, 2020  First Pitch: 8:08 p.m. Location: Globe Life Field TV: FOX  Radio: ESPN Radio, WDAE 95.3 FM/620 AM, WGES 680 AM (Sp.)
BY THE NUMBERS—
The Rays trail this best-of-seven, 1-0, after their 8-3
loss last night…in club history, the Rays have won two postseason series
after losing Game 1: the 2020 Division Series vs. NYY and 2008 League
Championship Series vs. BOS…the loser of Game 1 of the World Series
has come back to win it all 43 of 115 times (37.4 pct.), most recently 2017
(Houston over Dodgers) and 2016 (Cubs over Cleveland)…of the 59 times a
World Series has been tied, 1-1, the winner of Game 2 has gone on to win
it all on 31 occasions (52.5 pct.)…however, only 11 of 56 times (19.6 pct.) has
a team come back to win the World Series after falling behind 2-0, and no
team has come back from a 2-0 deficit to win a World Series since 1996.
FALL CLASSIC—The Rays are playing in the World Series for the second
time in franchise history, losing 4-1 to the Phillies in 2008…the Rays are
25-26 all-time in the postseason and 1-5 in the World Series, with their
only win coming in Game 2 in 2008 vs. PHI (at Tropicana Field)…RH
James Shields has the only win in Rays World Series history, and their
starting lineup that night was Iwamura (2B), Upton (CF), Peña (1B), Longoria (3B), Crawford (LF), Floyd (DH), Navarro (C), Baldelli (RF), Bartlett (SS).
– Kevin Cash, 42, is the youngest manager to reach the World Series
since Ozzie Guillén (41) led the White Sox to the title in 2005.
– The Rays were the ninth team in major league history to play a
“winner take all” game in the Division Series and League Championship Series but only the third team to win both, joining the 2012
Giants (won World Series) and 1981 Dodgers (won World Series).
– Combining regular season and postseason, the Rays have only lost
once in their last 19 series since Aug 4, going 14-1-4 in series play.
TO BE THE BEST—Despite an expanded 16-team postseason field, the
World Series features the AL’s No. 1 seed against the NL’s No. 1 seed…this
is the fourth time in the Wild Card era (1994) both No. 1 seeds have made
the World Series, following 2013 (Red Sox over Cardinals), 1999 (Yankees
over Braves) and 1995 (Braves over Indians)…this is the third time the two
No. 1 seeds held the best two records in the majors (2013, 1995)…in 1999,
the Yankees were the AL’s No. 1 seed but had the 3rd-best record overall.
– The Rays and Dodgers combined for a .692 winning pct. in the regular season…according to Stats LLC, this is the highest combined
regular-season winning pct. for a World Series matchup all-time,
surpassing the 1906 WS between the Cubs and White Sox (.690).
– Both the Rays and Dodgers won Game 7s of their League Championship Series…it was the third time since the LCS expanded to a
best-of-seven format (1985) that both went 7 games (2004, 2003).
THE FRESHMAN CLASS-IC—Only one of the 28 players on the World
Series roster entered Game 1 with prior World Series experience: Charlie Morton…in comparison, the Dodgers have 17 players on their World
Series roster who had previously played in the Fall Classic…according to
the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the largest difference among players with
World Series experience since 2000, when the Yankees had 21 and the
Mets had four…entering Game 1, the Dodgers roster had combined for 123
World Series games played and the Rays roster had combined for two.
RAYS vs. DODGERS—The two clubs did not meet in 2020…the Rays went
2-2 against the Dodgers in 2019 (1-1 at home, 1-1 on the road) and are 7-10
all-time against them…albeit in a shortened season, the Rays and Dodgers both won two-thirds of their games—a benchmark reached by only
six other teams in the last 50 seasons: 2018 Red Sox (.667), 2001 Mariners
(.716), 1998 Yankees (.704), 1995 Indians (.694), 1986 Mets (.667) and 1975
Reds (.667)…five of the past six reached the World Series and four won it.
– RH Dylan Floro (2016), LH Adam Kolarek (2017-19) and LH Jake
McGee (2010-15) all formerly pitched for the Rays…LH David
Price, who opted out of the 2020 season, was selected first overall
in the 2007 June Draft…he is the club’s all-time leader with a 3.18
ERA (min. 300 IP) and his 2012 AL Cy Young Award was the first
in franchise history…he was on the mound when the Rays won
Game 7 of the 2008 ALCS and the “Game 163” tiebreaker in 2013.
– The Dodgers hired President of Baseball Operations Andrew
Friedman, who was with the Rays for nine seasons (including two
division titles and a World Series appearance), on Oct 14, 2014.
ABOUT THE OFFENSE—The Rays are batting .208 (99-for-477) this postseason, including .199 (50-for-251) since the start of the League Championship Series…the Rays entered the World Series with a .209 avg., the
3rd-lowest in the Wild Card era (1994) among teams to make it that far…
the Rays have scored more than 4 runs once in their last 10 games, a 5-2
win in Game 3 of the ALCS at HOU…they have scored 4 runs (or fewer)
in five straight games, and 3 runs (or fewer) in six of their last 10 games.
– According to ESPN Stats & Info, starting with Game 4 of the Division Series the Rays have hit .230 (or below) in 10 consecutive
games, extending the longest such streak in postseason history.
– The Rays are batting .189 (14-for-74) with RISP this postseason, including .160 (8-for-50) in the last 10 games…in Game 1, Mike Brosseau’s RBI single snapped the club’s 0-for-16 drought with RISP.
– The Rays are 6-1 this postseason when scoring first, after going a
major-league-best 25-6 (.806) when doing so in the reg. season.
POWER BALL—70.0 pct. (42 of 60) of the Rays runs this postseason have
come on home runs, compared to 41.5 pct. (120 of 289) during the regular
season…this was 71.9 pct. entering the World Series, the highest rate alltime ahead of the 1971 Pirates (58.3 pct.)…the Rays have hit 26 HR in 15
postseason games, including multiple homers in nine of their 15 games…
the Rays have increased their HR/G from 1.33 during the regular season
to 1.73 in the postseason, but their R/G has dropped from 4.82 to 4.00.
– Teams are 32-4 this postseason when they outhomer their opponent—but the Rays have won once when outhomered and lost
twice when outhomering their opponent…the Rays are 6-2 when
they outhomer their opponent and 6-3 when hitting 2 HR (or more),
after going 20-2 and 20-4, respectively, in the regular season.
NOT THE RAYS WAY—The Rays allowed 8 runs in Game 1, their 2ndmost this postseason behind Game 1 of the ALDS vs. NYY (9)—a series the
Rays came back to win…the Rays have allowed 8 runs (or more) twice this
postseason, something they didn’t do at all in the final 39 games of the
regular season…they have allowed 23 HR, including at least 1 HR in 13 of
their last 14 games…73.9 pct. (17 of 23) of their homers allowed have been
solo, and 56.1 pct. (32 of 57) of their runs allowed have come on homers.
– The Rays have pitched to a 3.70 ERA (131.1-IP, 54-ER) in the postseason…they have yielded 2 runs (or fewer) in seven of their 9 wins.
– Combining regular season and postseason, the Rays have a majorleague-record 13 different pitchers with a save and are 36-1, 33-0
and 40-0 when leading after 6, 7 and 8 innings, respectively.
– Since July 28, 2019, the Rays have won 63 straight games when
leading after 7 innings, the longest active streak in the majors.
THE GREAT RANDINO—Randy Arozarena hit .321 (9-for-28) with 4 HR
and 6 RBI in the League Championship
Series and became the first rookie position player to be named Most Valuable
Player of a LCS or the World Series…in
Game 7, his 2-run homer in the 1st inning was his seventh of the postseason,
passing Evan Longoria (6) in 2008 for
the most by a rookie in a single postseason…his 7 HR are tied with B.J. Upton
in 2008 for most in a single postseason
in Rays history, and rank 2nd in team
history all-time behind Evan Longoria
(9)…in Game 7, he became the first Rays rookie to homer in a “winner
take all” game and became the first major league rookie with a go-ahead
homer in a Game 7 since FLA Miguel Cabrera in the 2003 NLCS at CHC.
– He leads all players this postseason in runs (14, tied), hits (21), extrabase hits (11) and total bases (47)…his 21 hits, 11 XBH and 47 total
bases are all the most in a single postseason in club history…he is
2 runs shy of tying the club record, set by B.J. Upton (16) in 2008.
– He is 1 hit shy of tying NYY Derek Jeter in 1996 for the most by a
rookie in a single postseason…he is the first rookie in major league
history with four 3-hit games in a single postseason…this ties a
postseason record for 3-hit games (regardless of rookie status).
MINOR MATTERS—The Rays are the sixth team to rank No. 1 in Baseball
America’s preseason Organizational Talent Rankings and advance to the
World Series that same year…they are attempting to become the third
team to win the World Series when ranked No. 1 in these rankings…special thanks to J.J. Cooper of Baseball America for the research…the Rays
joined the 2013 Cardinals, 2008 Rays, 1999 Braves, 1995 Braves (won
World Series) and 1993 Blue Jays (won World Series)…Baseball America
debuted their Organizational Talent Rankings in 1984…their current Top
100 list includes seven Rays and is bookended by a pair of Rays, with INF
Wander Franco at No. 1 overall and OF Randy Arozarena at No. 100.

UPCOMING PROBABLE PITCHERS & BROADCAST SCHEDULE
Upcoming Games Time (ET) Probable Starting Pitchers (Rays vs. Opp.) TV & Radio
Thurs., 10/22 vs. LAD 8:08 p.m. RH Charlie Morton (3-0, 0.57) vs. RH Walker Buehler (1-0, 1.89) FOX, ESPN Radio, WDAE 95.3 FM/620 AM, WGES 680 AM

TONIGHT’S GAME 2 STARTER: LH BLAKE SNELL (2-2, 3.20 ERA)

LAST START—In Game 6 of the League Championship Series vs. HOU, was charged 2 runs in 4 IP and took his second loss of the postseason…needed 42 pitches to complete his first 2 IP, allowing 1 hit and 3 BB, but induced an inning-ending SO/CS in the 1st inning and 5-4-3 GDP in the 2nd to avoid any damage…went 1-2-3 in the 3rd, then stranded a leadoff single in the 4th…allowed a walk and single to start the 5th before being replaced, and Diego Castillo allowed both runners to score on a 2-run single to George Springer…his line: L, 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 4 SO, 1 WP, 82 pit., 45 str.
– Marked his shortest start since Aug 7 vs. NYY (3 IP)…spanning regular season
and postseason, snapped a streak of 11 consecutive starts of 5 IP (or more).
POSTSEASON—Is 2-3 with a 2.88 ERA (25-IP, 8-ER) in seven career postseason apps (5 starts), including a 3.20 ERA (19.2-IP, 7-ER) in 4 starts this postseason…has allowed 1 hit in 9 AB with RISP this postseason, yielding an infield single that didn’t produce a run to HOU Aledmys Díaz in Game 1 of the ALCS…his avg. fastball velocity this
postseason is 95.6 mph, according to StatCast, 5th-fastest by a left-handed pitcher in a single postseason (min. 100 fastballs) since pitch velocities are available (2008).
– After recording 18 swings-and-misses in Game 1 of the Wild Card Series vs.
TOR, has recorded a combined 25 swings-and-misses in his 3 starts since.
– In Game 1 of the League Championship Series, recorded the win after yielding 1 run in 5 IP…in Game 1 of the Division Series vs. NYY, took the loss after
allowing 4 runs, including a club postseason-record-tying 3 HR, in 5 IP…in
Game 1 of the Wild Card Series vs. TOR, did not allow a hit until a leadoff
single in the 6th inning…was the first left-handed pitcher in major league history to record 9 SO (or more) and yield 1 hit (or fewer) in a postseason game.
vs. DODGERS—Will be making his second career start against the Dodgers…his only previous start against them came on Sep 17, 2019 at Dodger Stadium, when he returned from the 10-day IL (loose bodies in left elbow) and made his first start since July 21 vs. CWS…retired all 6 BF, including four via strikeout.
– Is 8-4 with a 2.07 ERA (91.1-IP, 21-ER) in 16 career interleague starts, the 3rd-best interleague ERA in the majors since 2016 behind WAS Max
Scherzer (1.92) and LAD Clayton Kershaw (2.02)…has yielded 2 runs (or fewer) in 13 of 16 starts, 1 run (or fewer) in 10 starts and 0 runs in 8 starts.
2020 IN REVIEW—Made 11 starts, tied with Glasnow for the team lead…yielded 3 runs (or fewer) in 10 of 11 starts and 2 runs (or fewer) in seven of 11.
– His avg. fastball velocity, according to FanGraphs, was 95.1 mph, 6th in the AL…min. 50 IP, his 11.34 SO/9 IP ratio ranked 5th in the AL…struck out
31.0 pct. (63 of 203) of batters faced, best among lefties in the majors…walked 8.9 pct. (18 of 203) of batters faced, the lowest rate of his career.
-Allowed 10 HR for a 1.80 HR/9 IP ratio, 5th-highest in the AL (min. 50 IP), after yielding 14 HR in 107 IP in 2019…29.4 pct. of his fly balls were homers, according to FanGraphs, the highest rate in the majors…allowed multiple homers in four of his 11 starts…yielded 3 HR against lefties.
– Ranks among the top five in club history with 648 SO (5th), 3.24 ERA (2nd to David Price, 3.18), .223 opp avg. (1st) and .583 winning pct. (3rd).
SEEKING LENGTH—Averaged just over 4.1 IP per start, using his first 3 starts as a continuation of the summer camp build up…went 2 IP, 3 IP and 3 IP
in his first 3 starts, then recorded between 15-17 outs in each of his final 8 starts of the regular season…only faced 23 batters the third time through the
lineup…has gone fewer than 6 IP in 14 consecutive regular-season starts beginning on Sep 17, 2019 at LAD, when he returned from arthroscopic surgery
to remove loose bodies from his left elbow…was one of six pitchers in the majors to make at least 10 starts and go fewer than 6 IP in all of them.
ON THE OFFSPEED—Held opponents to a .132 avg. (5-for-38) in at-bats ending with his curveball, 5th in the AL (min. 25 AB), according to StatCast…61.8
pct. (34 of 55) of swings against his curveball were misses, the best rate of his career on any pitch…opponents hit .033 (1-for-30) with 17 SO in at-bats ending
with his slider…his combined .088 opp avg. (6-for-68) in at-bats ending with breaking balls was 3rd in the majors (min. 50 AB).

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