Review of the 2020 World Series

The Rays and the Dodgers fought out the world series tough and hard! Photo credit:

Grady Johnson, Staff Writer

On September 20th the LA Dodgers and the Tampa Bay Rays faced off in the 2020 World Series. The LA Dodgers had been there for the 2017 and 2018 World Series trying to finally win the World Series. The Rays on the other hand hadn’t been there since 2008 and this would be their second time ever going as they were looked at as the underdogs.

The LA Dodgers had been the favored team throughout the whole year as they signed a premier star named Mookie Betts. The Dodgers ended their regular season with a record of 43-17, and the Dodgers would face the Milwaukee Brewers first round of the playoffs where they won the series 2-0. They continued to play the hot streaking San Diego Padres, and the LA Dodgers ended their season winning the 3-game series 3-0. The Dodgers finally had to face one of the hottest teams of the whole league, the Atlanta Braves, as the series was taken to 7 games where the Dodgers squeaked past to advance to the World Series.

In the American League, the Tampa Bay Rays faced off against a team of young studs on the Toronto Blue Jays. The Rays would advance winning the series 2-0, continuing against the Yankees and then squeaking past with a 3-2 series victory. The Rays would then have to face off against the team that had advanced to the World Series in 2019, the Houston Astros. The Rays would end up winning the series 3-2 and they would have to face the hottest and most favored team of the whole year in the World Series.

 Game 1 of the World Series was set for September 20th and the two teams would battle it out. The stunning right hander Randy Arozarena slugged 8 home runs before entering the Series, breaking the record. The Rays would start the hard throwing right hander Tyler Gglasnow as the Dodgers started the future Hall of famer Clayton Kershaw. The LA Dodgers took game 1 with a final score of 8-3.

With the Dodgers up 1-0 in the Series, the Rays would have to dig deep and they did, winning game 2 with a final score of 6-2 where lefty pitcher Blake Snell shut the Dodgers down with a 9 strikeout game. The Dodgers would respond back with a 6-2 win over the Rays and the Dodgers would go up 2-1.

Surprisingly, the Rays would scrap their way to a victory over the Dodgers 8-7, barely winning to show the Dodgers they can fight. The Dodgers would turn the Series right back around, going up 3-2 having to win one more game and finally win the World Series.

To end the Series, the LA Dodgers would finally win after a drought of 32 years of not winning it. The Dodgers became the 2020 World Series champs.

Junior Garret Rothwell states, “both teams fought super hard and showed how competitive they were. The Dodgers showed that they were much more hungrier for the trophy and ended up having the upper hand.”