The Los Angeles Dodgers grabbed control of the 2020 World Series on Tuesday with an 8-3 victory in Game 1. However, the Tampa Bay Rays will look to even the score in Game 2 on Wednesday night in Arlington. Blake Snell will start the game on the mound for Tampa Bay, with the Dodgers countering with Tony Gonsolin.
First pitch is scheduled for 8:08 p.m. ET. William Hill lists Los Angeles as -135 money line favorites, while the over-under, or total number of runs Vegas thinks will be scored, is 8 in the latest Dodgers vs. Rays odds. Before you make any Rays vs. Dodgers picks, check out the latest MLB predictions from the SDQL Gurus over at SportsLine.
They're a group of serious scientists who use artificial intelligence, risk management and the Sports Data Query Language (SDQL) database to capitalize on inefficiencies in the betting market. Entering the 2020 World Series, the SDQL Gurus are an impressive 148-87 on MLB picks, returning their followers nearly $1,300.
In Game 1, the SDQL Gurus released the Dodgers and over 7.5 runs as official plays. The result? Dodgers 8, Rays 3 -- two more easy winners. Overnight, the SDQL Gurus ran 50 million database queries, each of which describes a different handicapping situation for Game 2 of Rays vs. Dodgers.
Now, the SDQL Gurus have dialed in on Game 2 of Dodgers vs. Rays in the 2020 World Series. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the MLB odds from William Hill and trends for Rays vs. Dodgers:
- Dodgers vs. Rays money line: Dodgers -135, Rays +125
- Dodgers vs. Rays over-under: 8 runs
- Dodgers vs. Rays spread: Dodgers -1.5
- LAD: The Dodgers are 14-3 in the last 17 games
- TB: The Rays are 13-6 in the last 19 games
Why you should back the Dodgers
The Dodgers are a devastating offensive team, and that was on full display as they torched the Rays for eight runs in Game 1. Los Angeles boasts a .822 OPS in the playoffs, second to only the Yankees among postseason clubs, and that includes league-leading marks in doubles (24) and on-base percentage (.360). The Dodgers never give an inch at the plate, with only 117 strikeouts compared to a playoff-leading 65 walks, and they make life difficult on any opposing pitcher.
From there, the Dodgers have a deep stable of arms, including right-hander Gonsolin, who will start Game 2. Gonsolin hasn't been his best self in the playoffs but, during the regular season, he posted an impressive 2.31 ERA. Furthermore, Gonsolin struck out 6.57 batters for every walk issued in the regular season, and he is a quality option backed up by strong bullpen depth.
Why you should back the Rays
The Rays don't have the name recognition of the Dodgers, but this is a balanced team with talent of its own. Tampa Bay ranked as an above-average squad in home runs (80), runs scored (289), on-base percentage (.328), wOBA (.325) and wRC+ (109) during the regular season, while landing No. 6 in the league in stolen bases with 48. While the Dodgers have the deeper offense, Tampa Bay has underperformed, with a sub-.700 OPS, when compared to its regular season baseline, leading to a situation where positive regression could be in order.
The Rays are also incredibly strong defensively, which can be a hidden advantage. Tampa Bay ranked near the top of the league in multiple defensive metrics, including defensive runs saved, ultimate zone rating and fielding percentage, and the Rays are well-known for their advanced analytical approach to shifting and positioning.
How to make Dodgers vs. Rays picks
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So who wins Rays vs. Dodgers? And which side of the money line has all the value? Visit SportsLine now to see which side to jump on, all from the group of data scientists who have returned almost $1,300 on MLB picks.