The Browns began bracing for life without three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. on Sunday in Cincinnati, and now they know they’ll experience it for the rest of 2020. An MRI on Beckham’s left knee Monday morning revealed he suffered a season-ending torn anterior cruciate ligament early in the Browns’ 37-34 victory over…Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. out for season with torn ACL — Boston Herald
It’s been more than seven months since the Warriors played their last game of the 2019-20 season, and after patiently waiting out the NBA postseason that ended just two weeks ago, they should be preparing for a sprint of an offseason. On a call with the league’s board of governors last week, the NBA’s decision-makers…How an early start to the next NBA season impacts the Warriors — Times-Standard
LOS ANGELES DODGERS (43-17, 11-5) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (40-20, 11-7)
LHP Clayton Kershaw (3-1, 2.88) vs. RHP Tyler Glasnow (2-2, 6.08)
Sunday, October 25, 2020 | 7:08 p.m. CT | Globe Life Field | Arlington, TX
World Series – Game 5
TV: FOX | Radio: AM 570 (Eng.); 1020 AM (Span.), ESPN Radio, AM 1540 (Kor.)
BEST OF THREE: The Dodgers failed to secure three different
leads and lost a see-saw battle, 8-7, on Saturday night. With two outs
and two strikes, the Rays tied the game on an RBI single by Brett
Phillips and errors by center fielder Chris Taylor and catcher Will
Smith allowed the game-winner to score for a walk-off victory that
put the series at 2-2. The Dodgers offense shined, scoring seven runs
on 15 hits but came up a little short on Saturday night. The offense
scored all seven of their runs with two outs and have scored the most
runs with two outs since the Wild Card Era began:
TEAMS – MOST RUNS WITH TWO OUTS (Since 1994)
2020 Los Angeles Dodgers– 57
2004 Boston Red Sox- 46
2018 Boston Red Sox – 45
2002 San Francisco Giants- 45
Justin Turner smashed a leadoff homer in the first inning,
moving into first place in the Dodger history books with 12
postseason homers and passing Duke Snider. He became
the first player in World Series history to homer in the first
inning in back-to-back games. The Southern California
native also cranked a double in the sixth for his 19
postseason double, tying him with Yadier Molina for most
doubles in National League baseball history. He is currently
tied for fifth in Major League history, trailing only Derek
Jeter (32), Bernie Williams (29), Jorge Posada (23) and
David Ortiz (22).
Julio Urías delivered a stellar performance, tossing 4.2
innings, allowing two runs with nine strikeouts. He
recorded 20 swing and misses, which is tied for fifth alltime in a World Series game with Mike Mussina (‘01),
Madison Bumgarner (’14) and James Shields (’14).
The Dodgers are in their 21st World Series in franchise
history and the 12th Fall Classic appearance since moving
to Los Angeles in 1958. They now have the second most
WS appearances in MLB history, trailing only the New
York Yankees (40).
M-V-SEAGS: Corey Seager was named the 2020 NLCS MVP last
Sunday night after going 9-for-29 with five homers and 11 RBI.
Seager set NLCS records in both homers and RBI and his seven
extra-base hits are tied with Javy Lopez (1996) for the all-time NLCS
record. The native of North Carolina’s 26 total bases are the second
most all-time in an NLCS and second most to Albert Pujols, who had
28 in 2004 vs. Houston.
Seager clubbed his eighth homer of the postseason Saturday
night, a solo homer off Ryan Yarbrough. His eighth homer
of the postseason is tied with Nelson Cruz (8, 2011), Carlos
Beltran (8, 2002) and Barry Bonds (8, 2002) for second alltime, while only trailing Randy Arozarena (9, 2020) for
most in postseason history.
The infielder recorded four hits last night and is batting .500
(7-for-14) with two homers and three RBI in the World
Series. He has reached base 11 of his 18 plate appearances
and his .632 OBP is currently the best all-time in Dodger
World Series history.
Seager finished one home run shy from tying the record for
home runs in any Postseason series, which is held by the
Rangers’ Nelson Cruz (6 in the 2011 ALCS vs. Detroit). He
is one of eight players all-time to reach at least five homers
and 11 RBI in a single Postseason. His six home runs and
15 RBI this postseason are both Dodger records for homers
and RBI in a single Postseason.
In Game 3 of the NLCS, Seager became the second player
in Postseason history to collect an RBI in five consecutive
at-bats (last two of Game 2 and first three of Game 3),
joining Carlos Beltran (2004). Last week, it was announced
that Seager was one of seven National League finalists for
the Hank Aaron Award, given to the most outstanding
regular season offensive performer in each league.
POSTSEASON POWER: Justin Turner and Corey Seager each
homered on Saturday night and the Dodgers are now second in the
Majors in postseason homers with 27, trailing the Rays (33). On
Friday, Austin Barnes became the 11th Dodger to homer in the
postseason and with 31 homers at Globe Life Field (including regular
season), the Dodgers have hit more homers at Globe Life Field than
the 2020 Texas Rangers (27). The Dodgers have hit 2+ homers in
seven straight games, which is an MLB postseason record.
GOLDEN CANDIDATES: Cody Bellinger (CF) and Mookie
Betts (RF) were named Rawlings Gold Glove finalists for their
respective positions on Thursday afternoon. Bellinger, who won the
NL Gold Glove in RF last season, played 39 games in center field
and finished second in the NL with six defensive runs saved in CF
and his six outs above average were tied for first in the NL with Trent
Grisham. Betts, who has won four consecutive Gold Gloves in the
AL, is up for his first award in the NL after leading the Majors with
11 defensive runs by a right fielder, which were 10 more than any
other candidate in the NL. He also finished with a Major League best
six outs above replacement by MLB right fielders.
TEXAS SOUTHPAW: Dodger left-hander and three-time Cy
Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw will take the ball for his
second start of World Series after firing 6.0 innings of one-run ball
in Game 1. He finished the game scattering two hits and striking out
eight batters to record his second career World Series victory. The
Texas native will make his seventh appearance in the Fall Classic
(sixth start) and he is 2-2 with a 4.68 ERA (17 ER/32.2 IP) and 35
strikeouts. On Tuesday night, Kershaw passed FOX broadcaster
John Smoltz for second on the all-time Postseason strikeout list with
his 200-career strikeout. He is one of two players with 200+
postseason strikeouts, the other Justin Verlander (205).
Kershaw holds Dodger Postseason records in wins (12),
starts (29), innings pitched (183.1) and strikeouts (201).
He currently ranks among the all-time MLB leaders in
many postseason categories, including wins (T-5
th), innings pitched (7th), strikeouts (2
nd), starts (6th). On the season, he went 6-2 with a 2.16 ERA while ranking
among the league leaders (min. 50 IP) in wins (T-4th), ERA
(5th), opponents’ batting average (.194, 5th) and WHIP
NO MAN LIKE MOOK: After signing a 12-year contract
extension that will keep him in Dodger blue through 2032 prior to
Opening Day, Mookie Betts made a bid to join Frank Robinson as
the only player to win the MVP award in both leagues. Betts ranked
among the NL leaders in hits (64, T-10th), runs (47, 4th), batting
average (.292, 16th), OBP (.366, 17th), SLG (.562, 13th), steals (10,
T-5 th) and homers (16, T-3
rd). Betts went 18-for-41 (.439) with
runners in scoring position, the third best mark in the Majors,
and was at his best late in games, posting a .343 (24-for70)/.370/.643 slashline from the seventh inning and later.
In Game 1 of the World Series, Betts went 2-for-4 with a
homer, two runs scored and two stolen bases and became
the first player in MLB history with two runs, two stolen
bases and a homer in a World Series game. Betts recorded
two stolen bases on Friday night and now has two games
with 2+ steals, which is tied for the most such games in a
single World Series. The last player to accomplish the feat
was Omar Vizquel in the 1997 World Series
Betts, 28, has hit safely in 12 of 16 playoff games this year,
going 18-for-62 (.290) with six doubles, one homer and
seven RBI. 15 of his 38 playoff hits have gone for extrabases (13 doubles, two homers). The Dodgers are 11-1 in
the postseason when he records at least one hit.
MATCHUP vs. RAYS
Regular Season All-Time vs. Rays: LA leads series, 10-7
2019: Teams Split Series, 2-2 (1-1 at Dodger Stadium)
2020 Postseason: Los Angeles leads, 2-1
Oct. 20 vs. TB at Globe Life Field: W, 8-3 W: Kershaw L: Glasnow
Oct. 21 vs. TB at Globe Life Field: L, 4-6 W: Anderson L: Gonsolin S: Castillo
Oct. 23 vs. TB at Globe Life Field: W, 6-2 W: Buehler L: Morton
Oct. 24 vs. TB at Globe Life Field: L, 7-8 W: Curtiss L: Jansen
WHERE THERE’S A WILL: Dodger catcher Will Smith had a
game for the ages in Game 3 of the NLDS vs. San Diego, going 5-
for-6 with two doubles and three RBI. Smith became the first Dodger
to collect five hits in a playoff game and was also the youngest player
and first catcher in Postseason history with a five-hit contest (25
years, 194 days). In 14 games this Postseason, Smith is hitting .210
(13-for-62) with two homers, three doubles, 13 RBI and seven runs.
OCTOBER RED: Dodger third baseman Justin Turner went 4-
for-5 with a double and a homer and extended his postseason on-base
streak to 12 games on Saturday night. During his on-base streak, he
is batting .340 (16-for-47) with six doubles, three homers and four
RBI, while reaching base 23 of his 54 plate appearances. The
infielder clubbed his 12 th postseason homer last night and now
accounts for the Dodger postseason record in hits (79), homers (12),
doubles (19), RBI (41) and total bases (136). In 70 career postseason
games (all with L.A.), Turner has hit .303 (79-for-261) with 12
homers, 19 doubles and an .922 OPS.
The infielder ended the season having reached base safely
in 31 consecutive games with a plate appearance, doing so
from Aug. 4-Sept. 27, the longest on-base streak of his
career (previous high: 28, 2011). It marked the second
longest streak in the Majors this year behind only Freddie
Freeman’s 33-game on-base streak from Aug. 11-Sept. 18. Among players with 150 or more AB, Turner ranked
among the NL leaders in average (.307, 13th) and OBP
(.400, T-9th). He reached 1,000 career hits with a second-inning double on August 11 against the Padres.
Turner was the Dodgers’ nominee for the Roberto Clemente
Award for the third time in four years (also: 2017, ’18) and
won his third-career Roy Campanella Award as the most
EIGHT’S NOT ENOUGH: The Dodgers went 43-17 in the 60-
game season to win their record eighth straight NL West title with
the best record in the Majors. The club’s .717 winning percentage
was the best in franchise history and marked the seventh time in club
history that the Dodgers posted the Majors’ best mark (last: 2017).
The Dodgers won a division title for the eighth straight year,
something only two other franchises have accomplished:
MLB All-Time – Most Consecutive Division Titles
Braves, 1991-2005 14
Yankees, 1998-2006 9
Dodgers, 2013-2020 8 (active streak)
Source: Stats, LLC
The Dodgers reached the World Series in each of their six
previous seasons with the best record in the Majors:
Dodgers Finishing w/MLB’s Best Record, All-time
1949 Brooklyn Dodgers (tied) 97-57 (.630) Lost WS (4-1 NYY)
1952 Brooklyn Dodgers 96-57 (.627) Lost WS (4-3 NYY)
1953 Brooklyn Dodgers 105-49 (.682) Lost WS (4-2 NYY)
1955 Brooklyn Dodgers 98-55 (.641) Won WS (4-3 vs NYY)
1974 Los Angeles Dodgers 102-60 (.630) Lost WS (4-1 Oak)
2017 Los Angeles Dodgers 104-58 (.642) Lost WS (4-3 Hou)
2020 Los Angeles Dodgers 43-17 (.717) ???
THE LONG BALL: Los Angeles led the Majors with 118 home
runs in 60 games, an average of 1.97 per game. The 1.97 homers per
game represent the top mark in MLB history, topping the 2019
Minnesota Twins (1.90). The Dodgers’ previous high came last year
when the club averaged 1.72 home runs per game.
The Dodgers blasted 57 home runs in 28 August games,
setting a National League record for most home runs in a
calendar month. The mark was previously held by the
Atlanta Braves, who hit 56 in June 2019.
AJ Pollock and Mookie Betts tied for the team lead and for
third in the National League with 16 homers. Los Angeles
homered in 49 of its 60 games and went 39-10 when hitting
at least one homer. The Dodgers were 28-8 when hitting
two or more home runs in a game.
The Dodgers had five players reach double digit home runs
in the 60-game season, with Pollock, Betts, Corey Seager
th NL), Cody Bellinger (12, T-18th NL) and Max
Muncy (12, T-18th NL) turning the trick. The five players
with 10+ home runs tied for the MLB lead with the Braves,
White Sox and Phillies.
I’M ABOUT TO RUN: The Dodgers led the Majors with a +136
run differential, 52 better than the next best team (Padres +84). Even
with the shortened 60-game season, the 2020 Dodgers’ +136 run
differential represents the ninth best mark in Los Angeles history.
Los Angeles led MLB with 349 runs scored, and ranked
second with 213 runs allowed (Indians, 1st, 209).
The Dodgers’ 5.82 runs per game were the most
in franchise history and ranked as the third most in NL
history behind only the 1996 & 2000 Colorado Rockies.
Los Angeles was not shut out all season, the only team in
the Majors to avoid that distinction. The Dodgers scored
five or more runs in 39 of their 60 games, posting a 36-3
record in those contests. The Dodgers scored 122 runs in
the seventh inning or later, the second most in the Majors
(Padres, 124), which helped L.A. register 19 comeback
wins. The club outscored the opposition 122-66 from the
seventh inning on.
SERIES BUSINESS: The Dodgers lost just one series all year – at
home vs. Colorado Sept. 4-6 – and finished the season with a 15-1-4
series record, including six series sweeps. Los Angeles opened the
season by going unbeaten its first 13 series, which is the fifth best
season-opening run in the divisional era (since 1969). The 1977
Dodgers hold the club mark with 14.
Los Angeles went unbeaten in its 10 road series, posting a
9-0-1 series record.
The Dodgers won the season series against every club they
played this year. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the
Dodgers became just the 4th team in the World Series era
(since 1903) to win at least 60% of their decisions against
every team they faced in a season and the first to do so in
START ME UP: The Dodgers led the Majors in team ERA
(3.02), opponents’ batting average (.213) and WHIP (1.06), and
allowed just 1.10 home runs per 9.0 innings – the best mark in the
National League and second best in the Majors behind the Twins
(1.09). The Dodgers walked just 2.42 per 9.0 innings (1st, MLB) and
posted the best strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.96) in the NL.
Los Angeles starters led the NL with a 3.29 combined ERA
(101 ER/276.1 IP), limited opponents to a .219 batting
average (2nd, MLB) and posted an MLB-best 1.07 WHIP.
Clayton Kershaw led the Dodgers in wins (6), innings
(58.1) and strikeouts (62) in his 13th MLB season, going 6-
2 with a 2.16 ERA in 10 starts. Kershaw ranked among the
NL leaders (min. 55 IP) in wins (T-4
th), ERA (5th),
opponents’ batting average (.194, 5th) and WHIP (0.84, 2nd).
On Sept. 3, Kershaw reached 2,500 strikeouts by fanning
Arizona’s Nick Ahmed, becoming the third-youngest
pitcher in MLB history to reach the mark at 32 years, 168
days, behind only Nolan Ryan (31 years, 101 days) and
Walter Johnson (31 years, 197 days). He ended the season
ranked 36th on the all-time strikeout list, nine behind
Among rookies with 40.0 or more innings
pitched, Tony Gonsolin (2.31) and Dustin May (2.57)
ranked first and second, respectively, in ERA.
In nine games (eight starts), Gonsolin limited opponents to
a .189 batting average, allowed just two home runs, walked
seven, struck out 46 in 46.2 innings and posted a 0.84
WHIP – the fourth best mark in the Majors among pitchers
with 40.0 or more innings.
May became the first Dodger rookie to start on Opening
Day since Fernando Valenzuela replaced an injured Jerry
Reuss in 1981 and allowed just one run in 4.1 innings in a
no-decision on July 23 against the Giants. In 12 games (10
starts), he went 3-1 and ranked among the NL leaders (min.
50.0 IP) in ERA (2.57, 8th), opponents’ batting
average (.220, T-13th) and WHIP (1.09, T-12th).
THE DOCTOR IS IN: Dave Roberts made it a perfect 5-for-5,
becoming the first manager in MLB history to lead his team to a
division title in each of his first five full seasons. Under Roberts, the
Dodgers have posted a Major League best 436-273 (.615) record
since 2016.Over the course of the unusual 60-game season, Roberts
used an amazing 56 different lineups in piloting the team to a .717
BIG BOSS MAN: Dodger President of Baseball Operations
Andrew Friedman assembled his sixth division-winning club in as
many seasons after joining the Dodgers in the Fall of 2014. This year,
Friedman pulled off his biggest moves before the club played a
game, acquiring Mookie Betts in a three-way deal with the Red Sox
and Twins and then signing Betts to a 12-year contract on the eve of
the 60-game restart. Since taking over the top spot in baseball
operations, Freidman’s Dodger teams have gone 528-343 (.606)
while setting the record for most wins in Los Angeles Dodger history
in 2019 (106, franchise record) and the highest winning percentage
in club history (.717, 2020).
Game 1 & 5 Starter – LHP Clayton Kershaw: 3-1, 2.88 ERA in 4 GS
Faced Tampa Bay for just the third time in his career as he started Game 1 of the World
Series…fired 6.0 frames of one-run ball, striking out eight and walking just one as he recorded
his third win of the postseason…passed John Smoltz for second on the all-time postseason
strikeout list and also became just the second pitcher in Major League history to earn 200+
strikeouts, just behind Justin Verlander (205)…also became the seventh pitcher in Dodgers
history with a 10-strikeouts World Series appearance
Pitched in Game 4 of the NLCS vs. the Braves, tossing 5.0 innings and giving up four earned
runs on seven hits…struck out four and walked one on 87 pitches as he recorded his 12th career
loss in the postseason
Earned his 11th career postseason victory in Game 2 of the Division Series against the Padres, hurling 6.0 innings and giving up three earned runs on six hits…struck out six without
issuing a walk on 87 pitches…gave up back-to-back single home runs to Manny Machado and Eric Hosmer
Fired 8.0 scoreless innings against the Brewers in Game 2 of the Wild Card Series, clinching the win to advance the Dodgers to the Division Series against the Padres…struck out a
postseason career-high 13 batters, issuing just one walk and giving up three hits on 93 pitches
2020 Regular Season:
Led the Dodgers’ pitching staff with six wins, innings (58.1) and strikeouts (62)…ranked among the NL leaders (min. 55 IP) in wins (6, T-4
th), ERA (2.16, 5th), opponents’ batting
average (.194, 5th) and WHIP (0.84, 2nd)
Recorded six quality starts over ten tries, which led the team…six of those outings were 6.0 innings or more, resulting in a 5-1 mark
In ten starts this season, he posted a 6-2 record with a 2.16 ERA (14 ER/58.1 IP), striking out 62 batters and posting a 0.84 WHIP…refrained from throwing a wild pitch all season
Five of his six wins came away from Dodger Stadium (8/2 at ARI, 8/14 at LAA, 8/20 at SEA, 8/27 at SF, 9/19 at COL)…in those five wins, the lefty limited the opposition to a
.163/.189/.275 slashline and struck out 45 of the 159 batters he faced
Earned a 9.57 strikeout-per-nine mark, tossing 62 strikeouts and walking just eight over 211 opponent at-bats
Held hitters to a .194 average, including a .199 mark against right-handed hitters… limited hitters to a .121 average with runners in scoring position
With his 11 strikeouts against Seattle on August 20, the southpaw passed Don Drysdale on the Dodgers’ all-time strikeout list, moving him into second place behind Don Sutton
who leads with 2,696 punchouts…Kershaw’s 2,526 career punchouts places him 36th on the all-time strikeouts list (next: Bartolo Colon, 2,535)
Was slated to make his ninth-career Opening Day start, yet he started the campaign on the Injured List after coming up with a stiff back after working out two days before Opening
Career vs. Tampa Bay:
Pitched in Game 1 of the World Series against Tampa Bay, allowing just one earned run on two hits over 6.0 innings while striking out eight and walking just one…recording his
third career win against the franchise
Has faced the Rays three times in his career, once in 2013 and again in 2019 in addition to this postseason, throwing for a combined 3-0 record with a 1.79 ERA (4 ER/20.1
IP)…struck out 24 batters and walked just four…recorded eight strikeouts in each outing
Holds a 3-1 record in the 2020 postseason, producing a 2.88 ERA (8 ER/25.0 IP) paired with a 0.84 WHIP…has struck out 31 batters while issuing just three walks
In 36 career postseason games (29 starts), he has gone 12-12 with one save and has posted a 4.22 ERA (86 ER/183.1 IP)…has limited the opposition to a .220 average, while striking
out 201 batters against 48 walks…became the second pitcher in Major League history to record 200+ postseason strikeouts, joining Justin Verlander (205), he also passed John
Smoltz on the all-time postseason strikeout list, moving into second place
In six World Series appearances (five starts), occurring in 2017 against Houston, 2018 against Boston, and now 202 vs. the Rays, the southpaw is a combined 2-2 with a 4.68 ERA
(17 ER/32.2 IP), giving up 25 hits with six home runs while striking out 35 batters and walking nine…held the opposition to a .210 average (25-for-119) and owns a 1.04 WHIP
The southpaw earned his first Wild Card win versus the Brewers on Oct. 1, tossing 8.0 scoreless innings, matching his career-high (10/5/18 vs. ATL) while striking out 13 and issuing just one walk on three hits…was his tenth postseason victory His 11 career postseason victories are the most by a Dodger pitcher in franchise history…also holds the franchise lead in in postseason starts (28), innings pitched (177.1), strikeouts (193), and losses (12) Is one of three Dodgers to record 13+ strikeouts in a playoff game, alongside Sandy Koufax (15, 10/2/1963 vs. NYY) and Carl Erskine (14, 10/2/1953 vs. NYY) Also ranks amongst all-time MLB leaders in a handful of postseason categories: wins (11, T-4th), ERA (5th), WHIP (0.84, 2nd), and opponents’ batting average (.194, 5th)
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Tampa Bay Rays
Sunday, October 25, 2020
World Series Game Five Notes
Globe Life Field, Arlington, Texas
2020 WORLD SERIES SCHEDULE
GAME DAY/DATE SITE FIRST PITCH (ET/SITE) TV/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 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)
Game 6 at Arlington: TBD vs. Blake Snell (4-2, 3.24, 63 SO / 2-2, 3.33, 28 SO)
• 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’
THE FALL CLASSIC AT 2-2
• With the Rays win tonight, this marks the 47th time in World
Series history that the series has been tied at two games
apiece, the third year over a four-year span (2017, 2019),
and the fifth time in 10 years (also 2011 and 2013). • Of the previous 46 times that a World Series is tied,
2-2, the winner of Game Five has gone on to win the
series 30 times (65.2%), including six times in the last 14
occasions. Those were the Yankees in 1996, the Marlins
in 1997 and 2003, the Red Sox in 2013, the Giants in
2014 and the Astros in 2017. The seven teams to lose
the Series in that span after winning Game Five all lost
the series in seven games, including: Brewers in 1982;
Red Sox in 1986; Cardinals in 1987; Braves in 1991;
Yankees in 2001; Giants in 2002; Rangers in 2011; and
the Nationals in 2019.
RAYS AT 2-2
• This is the fourth time in franchise history that the Rays
have been tied 2-2 in a Postseason series, previously
doing so in this year’s ALDS against the Yankees, the
2019 ALDS against the Astros and the 2010 ALDS againt
the Rangers. Tampa Bay went on to lose both series. It
is the first time to occur in a best-of-seven Postseason
DODGERS AT 2-2
• This is the 15th time since 1900 that the Dodgers have
been tied at two games apiece in any best-of-seven
Postseason series, most recently in the 2018 NLCS in
which they went on to defeat the Brewers. Overall, the
Dodgers went on to win the series five times.
• This is the 11th time since 1900 that Los Angeles has
been tied at two games in a Fall Classic, most recently in
the 2017 World Series in which they ultimately fell to the
Astros in seven games. Overall, the Dodgers went on to
win the Fall Classic three times (1981, 1965, 1955).
GAME FOUR RESULTS
• The Rays improved to 5-5 all-time in Game Four of a
Postseason series. The Rays are now 1-1 in Game Four
of the Fall Classic, previously losing to the Phillies in
Game Four of the 2018 Fall Classic. Tampa Bay is now
1-2 this Postseason in Game Four. • The Dodgers fell to 20-23 all-time in Game Four of a
Postseason series. The Dodgers are now 9-12 in Game
Four of the Fall Classic. Los Angeles is now 0-2 this
Postseason in Game Four, also losing to the Braves in
in the NLCS.
A GAME FOUR TO REMEMBER
• Last night’s historic contest marked the first walk-off win
in a World Series game since the Dodgers defeated the
Red Sox in Game Three of the 2018 Fall Classic. • It also marked just the third World Series game in
history to end with a team’s walk-off while trailing and
down to their final out, previously accomplished by the
1988 Dodgers (G1) and the 1947 Dodgers (G4).
• There was at least one run scored in eight consecutive
half innings last night, the longest streak in World Series
history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
• It also marked the first game in Fall Classic history that
both Clubs scored in three straight innings.
The Rays utilized 21 different players, matching the
record for a nine-inning World Series game, previously
accomplished by the 1947 Yankees and 1961 Reds.
• The Rays (7) and Dodgers (6) also combined for 13
pitchers, the most in World Series history for a nineinning game.
RANDY’S HISTORIC RUN
• Randy Arozarena delivered a solo home run in the fourth
inning last night, his ninth round-tripper of the 2020
playoffs, establishing a new Major League record for a
• His nine home runs also match Evan Longoria for the
most career home runs in Rays Postseason history.
• Randy’s 26 hits this Postseason match Pablo Sandoval
(26 H, 2014) for the MLB Postseason record.
• Randy’s 26 hits trail only BJ Upton (27) for the most
career hits in Rays Postseason history.
• Arozarena also holds the MLB Postseason record
for the most total bases (59) in a single Postseason,
surpassing the mark held by David Freese (50) in 2011.
• Arozarena also notched his fifth three-hit game of the
2020 Postseason, establishing an MLB record for the
most in a single Postseason.
• His 13 extra-base hits this Postseason are one shy of the
major league record held by STL David Freese (2011)
• Brandon Lowe delivered a clutch three-run homer in the
sixth inning last night to give the Rays a 5-4 lead. It was
his third round-tripper of the 2020 Fall Classic, and he
now has the most World Series homers in Rays history.
• Lowe’s three homers are tied for sixth-most by a second
baseman in World Series history. Only Chase Utley (7),
Billy Martin (5), Joe Gordon (4), Davey Lopes (4) and
Tony Lazzeri (4) recorded more. • In addition, his three homers in a single Fall Classic rank
tied for second with Lopes (1978) and Jeff Kent (2002),
and trail only Utley’s five homers in 2009.
LOVING THE LONG BALL
• With home runs by Randy Arozarena, Brandon Lowe,
Hunter Renfroe and Kevin Kiermaier, the Rays extended
their MLB Postseason record and have now clubbed 33
round-trippers during their 2020 playoff run. The previous
record of 27 was shared by the 2017 Astros and 2002
Giants, and was matched tonight by the 2020 Dodgers.
• The four homers are a World Series record for the Rays
and match the franchise’s Postseason record, previously
accomplished in Game Two of the 2020 ALDS, Game
Three of the 2019 ALDS, the 2019 AL Wild Card and
Game Three of the 2008 ALCS.
• Justin Turner clubbed a solo home run in the first
inning last night, his 12th career Postseason home run.
He surpassed Duke Snider and now holds the franchise
• His 12 homers are the most by a third baseman in Postseason history, surpassing the mark of 11 previously
held by Alex Bregman and Chipper Jones.
• With his round-tripper in the first inning, he became the
first player in history to homer in consecutive first innings
of a pair of World Series games.
• Turner also logged his 19th career Postseason double,
extending his franchise record. He surpassed Jones for
the most career Postseason doubles by a third baseman
in MLB history.
• Turner’s two extra-base hit game was the fifth of his
Postseason career, tied with Snider for the franchise
• In the third inning, Corey Seager slugged his eighth
home run of the 2020 Postseason. Seager matched
Nelson Cruz (2011), Carlos Beltrán (2004) and
Barry Bonds (2002) for the second-most in a single
Postseason, trailing only Randy Arozarena, who clubbed
his ninth home run of the 2020 playoffs in Game Four.
• The round-tripper was also the 11th Postseason homer
of his career, matching Duke Snider for the second-most
in franchise history. Earlier in the game, Justin Turner
clubbed a home run to establish a new Club mark (12).
• Seager now has three career World Series home runs,
matching Carlos Correa and Derek Jeter for the most by
a shortstop in Major League history.
• He became the first Major Leaguer since Kris Bryant
(2016 G6) to notch four hits and a home run in a Fall
Classic contest. Marked just the 19th such game in World
Series history. He joined Robin Yount (1982 G5) as the
only shortstops to accomplish the feat in history.
• Corey Seager and Justin Turner became the fourth pair
of teammates to both log at least four hits in a World
Series game, joining Paul Molitor and Robin Yount of the
Brewers in 1982; White Kurowski and Enos Slaughter
of the Cardinals in 1946; and George Burns and Frank
Snyder of the Giants in 1921, according to the Elias
Sports Bureau. • Seager and Turner also became the third and fourth
players in team history to tally four hits in a World
Series game, joining Maury Wills (1965 G5) and Jim
Gilliam (1959 G5).
• The Dodgers tallied seven two-out RBI last night. Their
55 two-out RBI this Postseason surpassed 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.
• The Dodgers became the first team in World Series
history to score with two outs in six different innings of a
• With multiple home runs last night, the Dodgers have
now clubbed multiple homers in seven consecutive
Postseason games, establishing an MLB Postseason
record. The previous mark of six straight games was
held by the Yankees (2019-2020).
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.
Game Five Notes – Sunday, October 25, 2020
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.
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
• 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 FIVE STARTERS
KERSHAW: Across 36 career Postseason appearances,
including 29 starts, Clayton is 12-12 with 201 strikeouts, 48
walks and a 4.22 ERA over 183.1 inniags pitched.
• Has made six career World Series appearances, including
five starts. Enters play with a 2-2 record to go along with
a 4.68 ERA and 35:9 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
• Has made four starts during the 2020 Postseason,
including a pair of victories and 2.88 ERA over 25.0
innings of work. Notched 31 strikeouts and just three
walks while allowing 18 hits.
• Kershaw started Game 2 of the NL Wild Card vs.
Milwaukee (3-0 win); Game 2 of the NLDS vs. San Diego
(6-5 win); Game 4 of the NLCS at Atlanta (2-10 loss); and
Game 1 of the World Series vs. Tampa Bay (8-3 win).
• In Game 1, Kershaw became just the second pitcher
in Postseason history to register 200 career strikeouts,
joining Justin Verlander. Verlander holds the Postseason
record with 205 career punchouts. Kershaw (201)
surpassed Hall of Famer John Smoltz (199) for secondmost all-time.
• In addition, the start was Kershaw’s ninth career
Postseason outing in which he tossed at least 6.0 innings
without allowing more than one walk or a single earned
run, the most of any pitcher in Baseball history.
• During the regular season, Kershaw posted a 6-2 record
with 62 punchouts, eight walks, 41 hits and a 2.16 ERA
across 10 starts and 58.1 innings.
• Across both regular season and Postseason action,
Hunter Renfroe has logged the most career at-bats
against Kershaw, going 3-for-24 (.125) with a home run
and RBI. Manuel Margot is 5-for-24 (.208) with a double;
Austin Meadows is 1-for-6 (.167); Brandon Lowe is 0-for6 (.000); Willy Adames and Mike Zunino are both 0-for-4
(.000); Yandy Díaz is 1-for-3 (.333); Ji-Man Choi is 0-for3 (.000); Kevin Kiermaier is 1-for-2 (.500) with a home
run and RBI; and Randy Arozarena and Joey Wendle ar
both 0-for-2 (.000).
GLASNOW: Across seven career Postseason appearances
(all starts), Tyler is 2-4 with 41 strikeouts, 17 walks, 29 hits
and a 6.46 ERA over 30.2 innings pitched.
• Has made five starts during the 2020 Postseason, going
2-2 with a 6.08 ERA and a 33:14 strikeout-to-walk ratio
over 23.2 innings of work. Has surrendered seven home
runs and 20 hits.
• Glasnow started Game 2 of the AL Wild Card vs. Toronto
(8-2 win); Game 2 of the ALDS vs. NY Yankees (7-5 win);
Game 5 of the ALDS vs. NY Yankees (2-1 win); Game 4
of the ALCS at Houston (3-4 loss); and Game 1 of the
World Series (3-8 loss).
• Made his Fall Classic debut in Game 1. Became the
sixth pitcher in World Series history to tally at least eight
strikeouts while pitching fewer than 5.0 innings, joining
Justin Verlander (2006 G1), Jason Schmidt (2002 G5),
Bob Welch (1988 G3), Roger Craig (1964 G4) and Ryne
Duren (1958 G6).
• His eight strikeouts established a franchise record for the
most strikeouts in a Fall Classic contest.
• During the regular season, Glasnow delivered a 5-1
record with 91 punchouts, 22 walks, 43 hits and a 4.08
ERA across 11 starts and 57.1 innings.
• Glasnow’s 14.28 SO/9 IP ratio led the Majors (min: 50 IP)
and was the second-highest in Club history behind Brad
Boxberger (14.47) in 2014.
• Across both regular season and Postseason play,
Mookie Betts has logged the most career at-bats against
Glasnow, batting 3-for-11 (.273) with a double. Cody
Game Five Notes – Sunday, October 25, 2020
Bellinger is 3-for-4 (.750) with three home runs and five
RBI; Max Muncy and Joc Pederson are both 0-for-4
(.000); Chris Taylor is 2-for-3 (.667) with two RBI; Will
Smith is 1-for-3 (.333) with an RBI; Justin Turner is 0-for3 (.000); AJ Pollock is 1-for-2 (.500) with a triple; Austin
Barnes is 0-for-2 (.000); Kike Hernández is 0-for-1 (.000);
and Corey Seager has drawn a walk in each of his three
career plate appearances.
• The roof is expected to be open for tonight’s contest. • 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. • 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
Cup. • 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 (twoRandy 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 left
field for Game Five, will be joined by (with Game Five
Assignments and number of World Series appearances,
including 2020) Laz Diaz (2B, third), Chris Guccione (RF,
second), Marvin Hudson (HP, second), Jerry Meals (Off,
second), Mark Carlson (1B, second) and Todd Tichenor
(3B, 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.