The 2020 World Series is so cliché it hurts.
The juggernaut Dodgers, with a payroll that dwarfs most big-budget action movies, take on the little engine that could Rays, an art-house movie script written on a Starbucks cup.
But don’t get it twisted, the Rays are no longer the cute little brother of the AL East, and they’re bringing more than just a diminutive payroll to the dance. Armed with newfound swagger and unorthodox strategies, Tampa Bay and its stable of pitchers who throw 98 pose a challenge to the Dodgers. The Rays upended the powerful Yankees and the Astros en route to a World Series appearance, clearly not taking the easy path in the American League.
Now, with the element of surprise firmly in the rear view mirror, the Rays are a legitimate threat to the Dodgers.
The 2020 Championship Series were one for the books: the Rays took a quick 3-0 lead over the Astros, eventually winning the series in seven games after a few mini-heart attacks and near misses. The Dodgers battled back from a 3-1 series deficit versus the Braves, nearly being served another early exit in a year with championship hopes.
While it’s the first visit to the World Series for the Rays since 2008, the Dodgers are now staring down their third opportunity in four years to capture a championship. Given the Dodgers’ pipeline of talent, the window to win isn’t going to close any time soon — but there are still some questions to why the Dodgers can’t break through.
The Dodgers and Rays meet in Game 1 of the 2020 Fall Classic tonight. Here’s what you need to know:
World Series start time for Game 1
- Date: Tuesday, Oct. 20
- First pitch: 8:09 p.m. ET
First pitch for Game 1 of the 2020 World Series is scheduled for 8:09 p.m. ET. All games of the 2020 World Series will start around the same time.
The pitching matchup for Game 1 pits the Rays’ Tyler Glasnow vs. Dodgers stalwart Clayton Kershaw.
What channel is Dodgers vs. Rays on?
- TV channel: Fox
- Live stream: Fox Sports Go, fuboTV
As per usual, the World Series in its entirety will take place exclusively on Fox. Joe Buck and John Smoltz will have the call for all seven games of the World Series (should it get that far).
Those who have a cable subscription will be able to stream all World Series games via Fox Sports Go, the network’s streaming app. You can also stream World Series games live with fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.
World Series schedule, scores
All seven ga,es of the World Series will take place from MLB’s bubble location in Arlington, Tex. Games will take place from Globe Life Field, home of the Texas Rangers.
The Dodgers will operate as the home team in Games 1, 2, 6 and 7. Sides flip in Games 3, 4 and 5 when the Rays will be the home team.
|Date||Game||Start time||TV Channel||Score|
|Tuesday, Oct. 20||Rays vs. Dodgers, Game 1||8:09 p.m. ET||Fox||TBD|
|Wednesday, Oct. 21||Rays vs. Dodgers, Game 2||8:08 p.m. ET||Fox||TBD|
|Friday, Oct. 23||Dodgers vs. Rays, Game 3||8:08 p.m. ET||Fox||TBD|
|Saturday, Oct. 24||Dodgers vs. Rays, Game 4||8:08 p.m. ET||Fox||TBD|
|Sunday, Oct. 25||Dodgers vs. Rays, Game 5*||8:08 p.m. ET||Fox||TBD|
|Tuesday, Oct. 27||Rays vs. Dodgers, Game 6*||8:08 p.m. ET||Fox||TBD|
|Wednesday, Oct. 28||Rays vs. Dodgers, Game 7*||8:09 p.m. ET||Fox||TBD|
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