After a long arduous day of travel, with the Dodgers making the trip across the diamond to the visitor’s dugout and the Rays making the pilgrimage all the way to the home dugout, the World Series resumes today.
The edge in Game 3 goes to the Rays. They have Charlie Morton on the mound. Morton is one of those pitchers who rises to the occasion the post season. In nine post-season series, the thirty-six-year-old right hander is 7-2 with a 2.84 ERA. He’s was even better in his last World Series.
With the Astros in 2017, he was 1-0 with an earned run average of 1.74 in two games, including being the winning pitcher in Game 7 out of the bullpen.
The Dodgers send out Walker Buehler, who has been struggling with command and, worse, a re-occurring blister.
Even if Buehler is on his game, the Dodgers rarely let starters not named Clayton Kershaw go longer than four or five innings. Even with the Rays dominating pen, expect Morton to go seven unless the wheels fall off.
The edge for this one is with the Rays. Los Angeles is going to expect their bullpen to get too many outs.