TAMPA BAY RAYS (1-1) at LOS ANGELES DODGERS (1-1)
RH Charlie Morton (3-0, 0.57) vs. RH Walker Buehler (1-0, 1.89)
Friday, October 23, 2020 First Pitch: 8:08 p.m. Location: Globe Life Field TV: FOX Radio: ESPN Radio, WDAE 95.3 FM, WMGG 96.1 FM (Sp.)
CEREMONIAL FIRST PITCH—Will be delivered via pre-recorded video
by B.J. Upton, who was the center fielder for the Rays 2008 AL Championship team…he ranks 2nd in club history with 232 SB and is among the
Top 5 in many other categories, including games (966) and homers (118)…
he hit for the Rays first cycle (Oct 2, 2009 vs. NYY) and is the team’s career
postseason leader with 27 hits and 9 SB…he hit 7 HR in the 2008 postseason, including four in the ALCS which tied a LCS record at the time.
BEST-OF-FIVE—The Rays built a 5-0 lead in Game 2 and held on for a
6-4 win over the Dodgers to even the World Series at a game apiece…the
Game 3 winner of a best-of-seven World Series tied 1-1 has gone on to
win the series 39 of 57 times (68.4 pct.)…the Game 3 winner of any bestof-seven series (not just the World Series) tied 1-1 has gone on to win the
series 65 of 94 times (69.1 pct.)…of the 59 times that a World Series has
been tied, 1-1, the winner of Game 2 has won the title 31 times (52.5 pct.).
– The Rays are attempting to win a series after losing Game 1 for the
third time…they came back to win the 2020 ALDS and 2008 ALCS.
-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
26-26 all-time in the postseason and are 2-5 in the World Series.
– The Rays are 7-2 as the home team this postseason (2-0 at Tropicana Field, 5-2 at neutral sites), compared to 3-4 as the road team.
– The Rays have a .993 fielding pct. this postseason, making 4 errors
in 16 games…they have made only 1 error in their last 10 games.
– 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.
HOMETOWN HERO—According to Rays PR research, Tampa native Kevin Cash is the eighth manager in baseball history to lead his hometown
team to the World Series—and the second in the last 30 years joining
Brooklyn native Joe Torre, who led the Yankees to six World Series from
1996–2003…the others include STL Whitey Herzog (1972, 1985, 1987), MIL
Harvey Kuenn (1982), PHI Dallas Green (1980), STL Red Schoendienst
(1967, 1968), STL Johnny Keane (1964) and PIT Bill McKechnie (1925).
ABOUT THE OFFENCE—In Game 2, the Rays offense scored 6 runs, their
most since Game 3 of the Division Series (8), and they recorded doubledigit hits for the third time this postseason…in Game 2, the Rays snapped
a 10-game streak of 8 hits (or fewer) and a 10-game streak of 9 SO (or
more), which were both the longest in major league history for a single
postseason…the Rays hit .286 (10-for-35) in Game 2, ending a streak of a
.230 avg. (or below) in 10 straight games, longest in postseason history.
-he Rays are batting .213 (109-for-512) this postseason…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 5 runs (or more) only twice in their last 11 games, and
have scored 3 runs (or fewer) six times over that 11-game stretch.
– The Rays are batting .181 (15-for-83) with RISP this postseason, including .153 (9-for-59) in the last 11 games and 3-for-their-last-28.
– According to Stats LLC, in Game 2 Brandon Lowe and Joey Wendle
became the first set of teammates in World Series history to drive
in 3+ runs each to account for all of their team’s runs in a game.
– The Rays are 7-1 this postseason when scoring first, after going a
major-league-best 25-6 (.806) when doing so in the reg. season.
POWER BALL—The Rays have hit 28
HR this postseason, the most in a single
postseason in major league history (see
chart)…the Rays hold two of the top
four tallies in postseason history, as the
2008 Rays rank 4th all-time…the Rays
have hit multiple homers in 10 of their
16 postseason games…the Rays have increased their HR/G from 1.33 in the regular season to 1.75 in the postseason, but their R/G has dropped from 4.82 to 4.13…68.2 pct. (45 of 66) of the
Rays runs this postseason have come on home runs, compared to 41.5 pct.
(120 of 289) in the regular season…this was 71.9 pct. entering the World
Series, the highest rate all-time ahead of the 1971 Pirates (58.3 pct.)…51.7
pct. (224 of 433) of all runs scored this postseason have come on home
runs…according to the Elias Sports Bureau, this would be the 3rd-highest
rate for a single postseason behind 1956 (53.4 pct.) and 1957 (52.1 pct.).
Ê Teams are 32-5 this postseason when they outhomer their opponent—but the Rays have won twice when outhomered and lost
twice when outhomering their opponent…the Rays are 6-2 when
they outhomer their opponent and 7-3 when hitting 2 HR (or more),
after going 20-2 and 20-4, respectively, in the regular season.
PITCHING PROPERLY—Rays pitchers recorded 15 SO in Game 2, tied for
the 2nd-most in World Series history for a 9-inning game…the only 9-inning game with more was STL Bob Gibson’s 17-SO complete game shutout in Game 1 of the 1968 World Series vs. DET…it was the most for a
9-inning World Series game since Cleveland in 2016, in Game 1 vs. CHC.
– The 15 SO tied for the 2nd-most in a 9-inning postseason game
against the Dodgers, behind the Nationals in Game 2 of the 2019
Division Series (17)…it was a record for a 9-inning World Series
game against the Dodgers—the previous high was 12, 4x-last Red
Sox in Game 1 of the 2018 World Series…including extra-inning
games, the 15 SO tied the Red Sox in Game 3 of the 2018 Fall Classic (18-inning game) for the most in World Series history vs. LAD.
– The Rays have pitched to a 3.72 ERA (140.1-IP, 58-ER) in the postseason…they have yielded 2 runs (or fewer) in seven of their 10 wins.
-The Rays have allowed 26 HR, 4th-most all-time for a single postseason—the record is 29 HR by the 2017 Dodgers…the Rays have
allowed at least 1 HR in 14 of their last 15 games, and the only
game without one over that stretch was Game 7 of the ALCS vs.
HOU…73.1 pct. (19 of 26) of their homers allowed have been solo,
and 59.0 pct. (36 of 61) of their runs allowed have come on homers.
– Combining regular season and postseason, the Rays have a majorleague-record 13 different pitchers with a save and are 37-1, 34-0
and 41-0 when leading after 6, 7 and 8 innings, respectively.
-ince July 28, 2019, the Rays have won 64 straight games when
leading after 7 innings, the longest active streak in the majors.
HOW NOW BROWN LOWE—In Game 2, Brandon Lowe homered in the
1st and 5th innings for the seventh multi-HR game in Rays postseason
history (last Manuel Margot, Game 6 of the 2020 ALCS vs. HOU) and first
in the World Series…it was the 55th multi-HR game in World Series history, first since BOS Steve Pearce in Game 5 of the 2018 Fall Classic…he
was the sixth second baseman (7th time) with a multi-HR game in the
World Series, joining PHI Chase Utley (twice in 2009), SF Jeff Kent (2002),
LAD Davey Lopes (1978), LAD Charlie Neal (1959) and NYY Tony Lazzeri
(1932)…he was the sixth with a multi-HR game against the Dodgers in
the World Series, joining Pearce, NYY Reggie Jackson (1977), CWS Ted
Kluszewski (1959), NYY Yogi Berra (1956) and NYY Joe Collins (1955).
– According to ESPN Stats & Info, he became the first player in World
Series history to hit two opposite-field homers in a game, and the
fifth to do it in any postseason contest…Lowe’s second homer was
the third in Rays postseason history on an 0-2 pitch, all in 2020.
– According to Stats LLC, Lowe became the second player in major
league history with a multi-HR game in the World Series after entering the game with a sub-.200 avg. in that postseason (min. 30
PA)…the other: BAL Eddie Murray in the clinching win in 1983.
THE GREAT RANDINO—In Game 2, Randy Arozarena’s infield single
in the 9th inning was his 22nd hit of the postseason, tying NYY Derek
Jeter in 1996 for the most by a rookie in a single postseason…his 7 HR
are the most by a rookie in a single postseason, passing Evan Longoria
(6) in 2008…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
Longoria (9)…he and LAD Corey Seager both have 7 HR this postseason,
one shy of the major league record for a single postseason held by TEX
Nelson Cruz in 2011, HOU Carlos Beltrán in 2004 and SF Barry Bonds in
2002…his 48 total bases are 2nd all-time for a single postseason behind
STL David Freese (50) in 2011, when he was named World Series MVP.
WHAT ZILLA DID—In Game 2, Blake Snell’s first hit allowed was a 2-run
homer to Chris Taylor with 2 outs in the 5th inning…he was the second
pitcher in World Series history to record 8 SO (or more) through four nohit innings, joining LAD Sandy Koufax in Game 1 of the 1963 Fall Classic…
he recorded multiple strikeouts in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th innings, joining Koufax in 1965 and Bob Gibson in 1964 as the only pitchers in World
Series history with 2 SO (or more) in four straight innings…he finished
with 9 SO in 4.2 IP, the most in World Series history for an outing of 5 IP
(or fewer)…according to Jayson Stark of The Athletic, Snell was the 62nd
starter in World Series history to take a no-hitter into the 5th inning but
the second to fail to complete 5 IP, joining BRO Ralph Branca in 1947.
PRONUNCIATION GUIDE To hear Rays coaches and players pronouncing their names in their own voices, visit raysbaseball.com/pronunciation.
TONIGHT’S GAME 3 STARTER: RH CHARLIE MORTON (3-0, 0.57 ERA)
LAST START—In Game 7 of the League Championship Series vs. HOU, recorded his fourth career win in a “winner take all” game, extending his major league record… marked his fifth career win in a potential elimination game, breaking a tie with five other pitchers for the most in major league history…yielded a 2-out single in the 1st inning, then retired 14 straight before a 1-out walk in the 5th…his pitch count by inning was 11-12-7-13-6-17…was replaced by Nick Anderson with 2-on, 2-out in the in the 6th and Michael Brantley up…his line: W, 5.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 SO, 66 pit., 48 str.
– According to the Elias Sports Bureau, was the first pitcher to retire at least 14
consecutive batters in a “winner take all” game since KC Johnny Cueto (19) in
Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS vs. HOU…was the first pitcher to do this in a Game
7 since SF Madison Bumgarner (14) in the 2014 World Series at KC (in relief).
– At 36 years, 340 days, became the 2nd-oldest pitcher to record the win in a
Game 7 start behind STL Burleigh Grimes (38.053) in the 1931 World Series
vs. PHI-AL…became the fifth pitcher in major league history to make multiple
scoreless starts in “winner take all” games, joining DET Justin Verlander, ATL
John Smoltz, KC Bret Saberhagen and SF Madison Bumgarner.
vs. DODGERS—Is 1-1 with a 4.22 ERA (21.1-IP, 10-ER) in four career apps (3 starts) against the Dodgers, including his 2 apps (1 start) against them in the 2017 World Series (with HOU)…last faced them in Game 7 of the World Series, yielding 1 run in 4 IP of relief while recording the win…entered the game with a 5-0 lead in the 6th inning and allowed three of his first 4 BF to reach base, including a RBI single from pinch-hitter Andre Ethier…retired his next 11 BF, incl. the final out of the game.
– His last start against them was in Game 4 of the 2017 World Series at Minute
Maid Park…took no decision after allowing 1 run in 6.1 IP, with 7 SO and 0
BB…left with 1-on, 1-out and a 1-0 lead in the 7th inning, and was charged
a run when his runner scored off the Astros bullpen…his only regular-season starts against them came in 2015 and 2010, both with Pittsburgh.
POSTSEASON POWER—Is 7-2 with a 2.84 ERA (57-IP, 18-ER) in 12 career postseason apps (11 starts), and 5-0 with a 0.70 ERA (25.2-IP, 2-ER) in 5 starts with the Rays…is the second pitcher in postseason history to start and win five consecutive decisions (with no relief apps in between) and allow 1 ER (or fewer)
in each of them, joining PHI/ARI Curt Schilling (5) from 1993–2001…his five postseason wins with the Rays are the most in franchise history.
– Is unbeaten in his last nine postseason apps (8 starts), beginning with Game 7 of the 2017 ALCS vs. NYY (with HOU)—is 7-0 with a 1.45 ERA (43.1-IP,
7-ER), 48 SO, 1 HR and .185 opp avg. (29-for-157) over that stretch…is the sixth pitcher in postseason history to win at least seven straight decisions;
with a win tonight, would join NYY Orlando Hernández from 1998–2000 as the only pitchers to win eight consecutive postseason decisions.
– According to Jayson Stark of The Athletic, his 0.70 ERA through his first five postseason starts with the Rays is the lowest by a pitcher in his first
five postseason starts with a single team since earned runs became an official stat in 1913…with a win tonight, he would become the second pitcher
in major league history to win each of his first six postseason starts with a single team, joining NYY Lefty Gomez from 1932-38 (6-0 in 6 starts).
– With his win in Game 7 of the League Championship Series vs. HOU, became the first pitcher in postseason history with five career wins in potential elimination games, breaking a tie with five others…his 4 wins in “winner take all” postseason games are the most in major league history.
– Is 4-0 with a 0.46 ERA (19.2-IP, 1-ER) in four career apps (3 starts) in “winner take all” games…min. 15 IP, his 0.46 ERA in “winner take all” games is
the 3rd-lowest since earned runs became an official stat in 1913, behind Madison Bumgarner (0.00 in 23 IP) and Justin Verlander (0.00 in 17 IP).
2020 IN REVIEW—Limited to 9 starts in his second season with the Rays due to a stint on the injured list for right shoulder inflammation (Aug 10–Sep 1)…
went 1-1 with a 4.22 ERA (21.1-IP, 10-ER) in 5 starts after being reinstated…over the past three seasons (2018-20), his .750 winning pct. (33-11) ranks 2nd in
the majors behind HOU/NYY Gerrit Cole, who is 42-13 (.764)…his 0.73 HR/9 IP ratio since 2019 ranks 3rd in the majors (min. 200 IP).
Ê Opponents hit .313 (10-for-32) against him with RISP, a season after he held them to a major-league-low .179 avg. (27-for-151) with RISP.
UNCLE CHARLIE—During the regular season, 57.4 pct. (22 of 42) of his strikeouts came on the curveball, the 6th-highest rate in the majors (min. 30 total strikeouts)…his curveball registered a horizontal movement of 17.9 inches this season, according to StatCast, the 2nd-highest in the majors.
– Used his curveball on 32.7 pct. of his pitches this season, compared to 37.3 pct. last season, which was the highest rate in the majors (min. 100 IP).
– Recorded a swing-and-miss on 31.0 pct. of swings against his curveball this season, compared to 38.1 pct. last season.
GIVING BACK—Morton was named the club’s 2020 nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, which recognizes the player who best represents the
game through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field…Morton donated
$50,000 to Feeding Tampa Bay’s food drive this April, and the campaign ultimately resulted in 4.1 million meals purchased for those in need…he also
participates in the club’s Reading with the Rays program…this was his third nomination, following 2014 (with PIT) and 2018 (with HOU).
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