Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Tampa Bay Rays
Saturday, October 24, 2020
World Series Game Four Notes
Globe Life Field, Arlington, Texas
2020 WORLD SERIES SCHEDULE
GAME DAY/DATE SITE FIRST PITCH (ET/SITE) TV/RADIO
4 Saturday, October 24th Globe Life Field 8:08 p.m. / 7:08 p.m. FOX/ESPN Radio
5 Sunday, October 25th Globe Life Field 8:08 p.m. / 7:08 p.m. FOX/ESPN Radio
Monday, October 26th OFF DAY
6* Tuesday, October 27th Globe Life Field 8:08 p.m. / 7:08 p.m. FOX/ESPN Radio
7* Wednesday, October 28th Globe Life Field 8:09 p.m. / 7:09 p.m. FOX/ESPN Radio
2020 WORLD SERIES PROBABLE PITCHERS (Regular Season/Postseason)
Game 4 at Arlington: Julio Urías (3-0, 3.27, 45 SO / 4-0, 0.56, 16 SO) vs. Ryan Yarbrough (1-4, 3.56, 44 SO / 1-0, 3.38, 6 SO)
Game 5 at Arlington: Clayton Kershaw (6-2, 2.16, 62 SO / 3-1, 2.88, 31 SO) vs. Tyler Glasnow (5-1, 4.08, 91 SO / 2-2, 6.08, 33 SO)
116th WORLD SERIES
• 2020 marks the 116th renewal of the World Series
featuring the champions of the American League against
the champions of the National League. The Fall Classic
was first played in 1903, and has taken place every year
since 1904, when the National League champion New
York Giants and their manager John McGraw refused to
play the AL champs, the Boston Red Sox, and in 1994,
when the season ended on August 11th due to the players’
SERIES AT 2-1
• This is the 92nd time in World Series history that the Fall
Classic has stood at 2-1 after three games. It is the
seventh consecutive World Series to sit at 2-1, and it is
the 17th time in the last 20 Series (beginning 2000) it has
GAME FOUR SIGNIFICANCE
• Of the previous 91 times that a World Series
has been 2-1, the team leading the series 2-1
has gone on to win the series 60 times (65.9%),
including four in the last seven occurrences (2015
Royals, 2017 Astros, 2018 Red Sox, 2019 Nationals).
The 2013 Cardinals, 2014 Royals and 2016 Indians each
had a 2-1 lead before losing the Fall Classic.
• Of the previous 91 times that the Fall Classic has
been 2-1, the team leading 2-1 has gone on to win the
following game to take a 3-1 series lead 45 times (49.5%).
• Of the 45 teams leading 3-1 to have won Game 4 and
take a 3-1 lead, 38 (84.4%) have gone on to win the
Series (including 1912 Game 5 following Game 2 tie),
including 11 of the last 12 times (Los Angeles in 1988,
Toronto in 1992 and 1993, Atlanta in 1995, New York
Yankees in 2000, St. Louis in 2006, Philadelphia in 2008,
New York in 2009, San Francisco in 2010, Kansas City
in 2015 and Boston in 2018), with the 2016 Cleveland
Indians being the lone exception. Prior to the Indians,
the last team to take a 3-1 series lead and lose the Fall
Classic was the 1985 St. Louis Cardinals.
• Of the 45 teams leading 2-1 that have lost Game
4 to even the Series at two games apiece,
22 (48.9%) have gone on to win the Series,
including three of the last six (2011 Cardinals, 2017
Astros, 2019 Nationals). The 2003 Yankees, 2013
Cardinals and 2014 Royals each lost Game 4 after
holding a 2-1 series lead and went on to lose the World
GAME THREE RESULTS
• The Dodgers improved to 26-24 all-time in Game 3 of a
Postseason Series. The Dodgers are now 12-9 in Game
3 of the Fall Classic. Los Angeles is now a perfect 3-0
this Postseason in Game 3. • Tampa Bay dropped to 6-4 all-time in Game 3 of a
Postseason series. The Rays are now 0-2 in Game 3 of
the Fall Classic. Tampa Bay is now 2-1 this Postseason
in Game 3.
DODGERS AT 2-1
• This marks the ninth time since 1900 that the Dodgers
have led a best-of-seven Postseason series, 2-1. Of the
previous eight occurrences, the Dodgers went on to win
the series just twice – the 1988 World Series over the
Oakland A’s and the 1959 Fall Classic over the Chicago
RAYS AT 1-2
• This marks the second time in franchise history that
the Rays have faced a 1-2 deficit in a best-of-seven
Postseason series. The Rays ultimately lost the 2008
World Series to the Philadelphia Phillies after falling
2020 WS RESULTS
DATE RESULT WINNING PITCHER LOSING PITCHER SAVE ATTENDANCE
Tuesday, October 20th LAD 8-3 Clayton Kershaw Tyler Glasnow — 11,388
Wednesday, October 21st TB 6-4 Nick Anderson Tony Gonsolin Diego Castillo 11,472
Friday, October 23rd LAD 6-2 Walker Buehler Charlie Morton — 11,447
Game Four Notes – Saturday, October 24, 2020
• Walker Buehler tossed 6.0 innings of one-run ball with 10
strikeouts while allowing one run on a walk and three hits
in his start last night.
• Walker became the first pitcher in MLB World Series
history to register at least 10 strikeouts while not pitching
more than 6.0 innings.
• Buehler became the fourth pitcher in franchise history to
record at least 10 punchouts while not permitting more
than one walk in a World Series contest, joining Clayton
Kershaw (2017 G1), Sandy Koufax (1965 G5) and Don
Newcombe (1949 G1).
• He joined Kershaw (2017 G1) and Koufax (1965 G7) as
the only hurlers in franchise history to tally double-digit
punchouts while not surrendering more than three hits.
• Buehler is the fourth pitcher in MLB World Series history
to record at least 10 strikeouts while not allowing more
than three hits and one walk, joining Kershaw in his
aforementioned start, Randy Johnson (2001 G2) and Ed
Walsh (1906 G3).
• Since 1950, he became the eighth pitcher to tally at least
10 punchouts, allow one walk-or-fewer and not surrender
a home run, joining Adam Wainwright (2013 G5), Roger
Clemens (2001 G7), Johnson (2001 G2), Tom Seaver
(1973 G3), Bob Gibson (1968 G1) and Koufax (1965 G5).
• Following his outing last night, Buehler’s 1.28 ERA over
his last nine playoff starts ranks fourth all-time among
hurlers over a nine-start Postseason stretch, trailing only
Curt Schilling (1.14), Orel Hershiser (1.17) and Madison
• Mookie Betts stole two more bases last night and now has
four this World Series. Mookie matched Davey Lopes for
the most by a Dodgers player in a single Fall Classic.
• Betts’ two games with multiple stolen bases are tied
for the most such games in a single World Series in
history, a record shared by 10 players (11 times) and most
recently accomplished by Omar Vizquel in 1997.
• Mookie became the fifth player in World Series
history to record at least two hits and two stolen bases in
multiple games of a single World Series, joining Bobby
Tolan (1972), Lou Brock (1967), Eddie Collins (1910) and
Jimmy Slagle (1907).
• Justin Turner clubbed a solo home run in the first
inning last night, his 11th career Postseason home run.
He matched Hall of Famer Duke Snider for the franchise
• Turner also logged his 18th career Postseason double,
extending his franchise record.
• He also holds the Club’s Postseason record for hits (75)
and RBI (39).
• Turner’s two extra-base hit game was the fourth of
his Postseason career, tied with Corey Seager for the
second-most in franchise history. Snider holds the
record with five such games.
• The Dodgers tallied five two-out RBI last night. Their
48 two-out RBI this Postseason surpasses the previous
record of 45 held by the 2004 Boston Red Sox for the
most in a single Postseason since 1999, according to the
Elias Sports Bureau.
RANDY’S RUN CONTINUES
• In the bottom of the ninth inning last night, rookie Randy
Arozarena clubbed his eighth home run of the 2020
Postseason, matching Nelson Cruz (2011), Carlos
Beltrán (2004) and Barry Bonds (2002) for the MLB
• Arozarena also now holds the MLB Postseason record
for the most total bases (52) in a single Postseason,
surpassing the mark held by David Freese (50) in 2011.
• Randy also holds the rookie record for the most hits in a
single Postseason (23), surpassing the previous record
of 22 held by Derek Jeter (1996).
FIVE-INNING ROAD BLOCK
• Following Charlie Morton’s 4.1 inning-start, the Rays
became the fourth team in World Series history to have
five consecutive starters not reach 5.0 innings (Blake
Snell, 2020 G2; Tyler Glasnow, 2020 G1; Scott Kazmir,
2008 G5; and Andy Sonnanstine, 2008 G4).
• According to Elias, the Rays became the first AL Club to
do so, as it was previously accomplished by the Dodgers
(5G, 2017-18); the Cardinals (5G, 1987-2004); and the
Dodgers (7G, 1947).
TRIAL BY FIRE
• With his appearance in Game Three, Shane McClanahan
became the second player in history to appear in a World
Series game before appearing in a regular season
contest, joining Adalberto Mondesi of the Kansas
City Royals (2015 G3). He became the first pitcher to
accomplish the feat.
CREAM OF THE CROP
• This year’s Fall Classic features Clubs with the best
overall record from each league for the first time since
the Cardinals and Red Sox in 2013. Overall, it marks the
13th such matchup since 1969.
Year AL Team Record NL Team Record
2020 Tampa Bay 40-20 LA Dodgers 43-17
2013 Boston 97-65 St. Louis 97-65
1999 NY Yankees 98-64 Atlanta 103-59
1995 Cleveland 100-44 Atlanta 90-54
1992 Toronto 96-66 Atlanta 98-64
1986 Boston 108-54 NY Mets 108-54
1982 Milwaukee 95-67 St. Louis 92-70
1979 Baltimore 102-57 Pittsburgh 98-64
1978 NY Yankees 100-63 LA Dodgers 95-67
1976 NY Yankees 97-62 Cincinnati 102-60
1971 Baltimore 101-57 Pittsburgh 97-65
1970 Baltimore 108-54 Cincinnati 102-60
1969 Baltimore 109-53 NY Mets 100-62
• Should the Dodgers claim this year’s Commissioner’s
Trophy, they would become just the seventh World
Series winner in the Wild Card Era to also have posted
the best regular season record in the Majors. This was
previously accomplished by the 2018 Red Sox; the 2016
Cubs; the 2013 Red Sox; the 2009 Yankees; the 2007
Red Sox; and the 1998 Yankees.
Game Four Notes – Saturday, October 24, 2020
Kevin Cash is in his sixth full season with the Rays, and is
making his first appearance in the Fall Classic.
• Cash has guided the Rays to a 454-416 (.522) record
during his six years at the helm. • Cash became the fifth manager in Rays history and is
already the second-longest tenured behind only Joe
Maddon (2006-14). • Across Baseball, is the third-longest tenured manager
with his current team behind Oakland’s Bob Melvin (9)
and Cleveland’s Terry Francona (8). • Finished third in 2018 and 2019 AL Manager of the Year
voting. Was behind Rocco Baldelli (MIN) and Aaron
Boone (NYY) in 2019, and Bob Melvin (OAK) and Alex
Cora (BOS) in 2018. • At age-41 during the 2019 season, became the youngest
AL East manger to lead his team to the Postseason
since 1995, when Buck Showalter of the Yankees (age
39) and Kevin Kennedy of the Red Sox (age 41) both
accomplished the feat. • Played eight seasons at the Major League level across
stints with the Blue Jays (2002-04), Rays (2005), Red
Sox (2007-08), Yankees (2009), Astros (2010) and Red
Dave Roberts is in his fifth season as manager of the
Dodgers, and has made an appearance in each Postseason
• Roberts piloted the Dodgers to a 436-273 (.615) record
across his five seasons at the helm. • Prior to being named manager of the Club in 2016,
Roberts lost his lone game as interim manager of the San
Diego Padres in 2015. • Is the first manager in Baseball history to guide the
Dodgers to the Postseason in each of his first five
seasons with the Club. • Roberts’ Dodgers won a franchise-record 106 game
during the 2019 season. • In his first season as manager in 2016, was named
NL Manager of the Year, joining Hall of Famer Tommy
Lasorda (1983, 88) as the only managers in Club history
to win the award since its inception in 1983. • Across 10 Major League seasons, played for the Indians
(1999-2001), Dodgers (2002-04), Red Sox (2004),
Padres (2005-06) and Giants (2007-08).
GAME FOUR STARTERS
URÍAS: Across 16 career Postseason appearances, including
two starts, is 6-2 with a 2.84 ERA. Has logged 26 strikeouts,
eight walks and just 20 hits over 31.2 innings pitched.
• Has made four appearances (one start) during the 2020
Postseason, earning the win in each outing to go along
with a miniscule 0.56 ERA. Has logged a 16:3 strikeoutto-walk ratio. • Appeared in Game One of the NL Wild Card against
Milwaukee (4-2 win); Game Three of the NLDS at San
Diego (12-3 win); started in Game Three of the NLCS at
Atlanta (15-3 win); and appeared in Game Seven of the
NLCS vs. Atlanta (4-3 win). • Participated in his first World Series in 2018 against the
Red Sox. Across three relief appearances, allowed three
runs on four hits in 3.2 innings. • Is set to become the fourth Mexican-born pitcher (fifth
time) in MLB history to start a World Series game, joining
Jose Urquidy (2019 G4), Jaime García (2011 G2, G6)
and Dodger legend Fernando Valenzuela (1981 G3). • During the regular season, went a perfect 3-0 with 45
punchouts, 18 walks, 45 hits and a 3.27 ERA across 11
outings (10 starts) and 55.0 innings of work.
• The 24-year-old has made two career appearances
against the Rays, tossing 2.0 innings of shutout relief. • Hunter Renfroe and Manuel Margot have both logged
four at-bats against Urías to pace the Rays. Renfroe
is 1-for-4 (.250); Margot is 1-for-4 (.250) with a double;
Austin Meadows is 0-for-1 (.000); Lowe is 0-for-1 (.000);
Kevin Kiermaier is 0-for-1 (.000); Ji-Man Choi is 0-for-1
(.000); and Mike Brosseau is 0-for-1 (.000).
YARBROUGH: Across six career Postseason appearances,
including one start, is 2-0 with seven strikeouts, four walks,
13 hits and a 2.63 ERA over 13.2 innings pitched.
• Has appeared in three games this Postseason, including
one start, registering a 3.38 ERA to go along with six
strikeouts and three walks across 10.2 innings of work. • Yarbrough appeared in Game Four of the ALDS at NY
Yankees (1-5 loss); started Game Three of the ALCS at
Houston (5-2 win); and appeared in Game One of the
World Series (3-8 loss). • Yarbrough went 5.0 innings of relief in Game Four of
the ALDS, the longest relief appearance in Tampa Bay’s
Postseason history. • Is the second non-opener in franchise history to start
a Postseason game after previously making his Rays
postseason debut in relief, joining David Price (2008). • During the regular season, Yarbrough registered a 1-4
record with 44 hits, 12 walks and 54 hits over 11 outings
(nine starts) and 55.2 innings pitched. • Has never pitched against the Dodgers. • Of players currently on the Dodgers’ World Series roster,
only Mookie Betts has ever faced Yarbrough, going 2-for13 (.154) with a pair of doubles.
OPEN THE ROOF
• Tonight’s World Series contest will have the roof open.
13-of-14 Postseason games at Globe Life Field this year
have had the roof open, excluding last night’s Game
Three. • During the 2020 regular season, the roof was open on
six occasions, resulting in 11.83 runs per game. In 24
games with the roof closed, 8.21 runs per game were
averaged (courtesy of Rangers PR).
• The Los Angeles Dodgers secured their 21st NL Pennant
in franchise history, the most of any NL Club and secondmost all-time behind the Yankees (40).
• The Dodgers became just the second team since 1969
to represent the NL in the World Series three times
across four Postseasons (2017-18, 2020), joining the
Atlanta Braves, who earned four NL Pennants across five
Postseasons from 1991-96 (excluding 1993).
• The Tampa Bay Rays are appearing in just their second
World Series in franchise history. In their lone appearance
in 2008, the Rays were defeated by the Phillies in five
COMING IN HOT
• The Dodgers won three consecutive games while facing
elimination to win the NLCS, marking the second time
that the Clubs has accomplished the feat during a
Postseason series. During the 1981 NLDS against the
Houston Astros, the Dodgers won three straight after
falling behind two game-to-none in the best-of-five series.
Game Four Notes – Saturday, October 24, 2020
• The Dodgers became the eighth team in Postseason
history to accomplish the feat in a best-of-seven LCS
series, joining the 2012 Giants; the 2007 Red Sox; the
2004 Red Sox (4); the 2003 Marlins; the 1996 Braves;
the 1986 Red Sox; and the 1985 Royals.
TAKING THE LONG ROUTE
• This year’s ALCS marked just the second in Major League
history to feature a decisive Game 7 after one Club held a
3-0 series lead. The 2004 ALCS was the only other such
occurrence, which saw the Boston Red Sox complete the
series comeback against the New York Yankees en route
to their World Series crown.
• Following a sweep of the Blue Jays, the Rays required five
games to defeat the Yankees in the ALDS and all seven
games against the Astros to advance to the Fall Classic.
The Rays became the ninth Club in Postseason history to
play a “winner-take-all” game in both the Division Series
and Championship Series, joining the 2017 Yankees; the
2012 Giants; the 2012 Cardinals; the 2004 Astros; the
2003 Cubs; the 2003 Red Sox; the 1981 Dodgers; and
the 1981 Expos.
TITLE TOWN(S) USA
• Both cities of Los Angeles and Tampa Bay enter the 2020
Fall Classic having already secured a championship
in one of the other ‘Big Four’ professional sports. The
Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Miami Heat to claim
the NBA’s Larry O’Brien Trophy, while the Tampa Bay
Lightning defeated the Dallas Stars to garner the Stanley
• Should the Dodgers emerge victorious from this year’s
Fall Classic, it would mark the first time since 1988
that Los Angeles enjoyed a pair of champions in the
same year. The City of LA became the first and still is
only city to have the NBA champion and World Series
champion in the same year. It is worth noting that in
2002, the Anaheim Angels and Lakers also both won
their respective championships.
• Tampa Bay is vying to become just the third city in history
to have a World Series champion and Stanley Cup
champion in the same year. The feat was accomplished
by New York twice – first in 1928 with the New York
Yankees and New York Rangers, and again in 1933 with
the New York Giants and New York Rangers.
COAST TO COAST
• For the fifth time since Major League Baseball began the
six-division format in 1994, the Fall Classic is featuring
teams from the NL West and the AL East.
• The Red Sox defeated the Dodgers in 2018; the Red
Sox defeated the Rockies in 2007; the Diamondbacks
defeated the Yankees in 2001; and the Yankees defeated
the Padres in 1998.
BEEN HERE BEFORE
Of the 56 players that were on the Dodgers and Rays LCS
rosters, 18 have previous World Series experience, including
17 from the Dodgers.
• Los Angeles: Pedro Báez (2018 Dodgers), Austin Barnes
(2017-18 Dodgers), Cody Bellinger (2017-18 Dodgers),
Mookie Betts (2018 Red Sox), Walker Buehler (2018
Dodgers), Dylan Floro (2018 Dodgers), Kiké Hernández
(2017-18 Dodgers), Kenley Jansen (2017-18 Dodgers),
Joe Kelly (2013 Cardinals, 2018 Red Sox), Clayton
Kershaw (2017-18 Dodgers), Max Muncy (2018 Dodgers),
Joc Pederson (2017-18 Dodgers), Corey Seager (2017
Dodgers), Chris Taylor (2017-18 Dodgers), Justin Turner
(2017-18 Dodgers), Julio Urías (2018 Dodgers), Alex
Wood (2017-18 Dodgers)
• Tampa Bay: Charlie Morton (2017 Astros)
ALL AROUND THE WORLD
• According to each Club’s WS rosters, the teams combine
for 15 foreign-born players. The 15 players hail from the
Dominican Republic (four – Willy Adames, Pedro Báez,
Diego Castillo, Manuel Margot); Puerto Rico (three – Kiké
Hernández, Michael Perez, Edwin Ríos); Cuba (two Randy Arozarena, Yandy Díaz); Mexico (two – Victor González, Julio Urías); Curaçao (one – Kenley Jansen); Japan (one – Yoshitomo Tsutsugo); South Korea (one –
Ji-Man Choi); and Venezuela (one – Brusdar Graterol).
• With his start at first base in Game Three, Ji-Man Choi
became the first Korean-born position player to appear in
a World Series game. He also became the first Koreanborn player to record a hit.
WORLD SERIES UMPIRES
• Bill Miller will serve as primary Crew Chief for the umpires
in the 2020 World Series, and this will be the fourth Fall
Classic for Miller (2010, 13, 17). Miller, who will be in right
field for Game Four, will be joined by (with Game Four
Assignments and number of World Series appearances,
including 2020) Laz Diaz (3B, third), Chris Guccione (HP,
second), Marvin Hudson (Off, second), Jerry Meals (1B,
second), Mark Carlson (2B, second) and Todd Tichenor
(LF, first). Meals served as the crew chief in Game Two
of the World Series. The Replay Official during the World
Series will be Major League Umpire Adrian Johnson, who
will be assisted by Major League Umpire David Rackley.
MLB is deeply saddened by the passing of 34-year Major
League Umpire Derryl Cousins at the age of 74. The
Californian worked nearly 4,500 games and three World
Series (1988, 1999, 2005) and was behind the plate for White
Sox clincher in 2005.