Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Tampa Bay Rays Matchup Preview (10/25/20): Betting Odds, Starting Lineups, Daily Fantasy Picks

We are coming off one of the best World Series games in some time as the Tampa Bay Rays evened the series in dramatic fashion. It is now a best of three series with the aces in line for the next few games. It was a chip in here and there for runs type of game within the first five innings and then the two offenses traded punches, scoring runs in every half-inning from the 5th to the 7th inning. It wasn’t until the bottom of the 9th where the Rays fund themselves down a run. After getting a few runners on, Brett Phillips would hit a two-RBI single that would win the game. However, Randy Arozarena’s stumble around third was luckily not the cause of extra innings as the ball got away from Austin Barnes to win the game. We will see a matchup of Clayton Kershaw and Tyler Glasnow for Game 5, as the Dodgers are -162 favorites and the over/under is set at nine. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Tampa Bay Rays Matchup Page.

TV Schedule

Date: Sunday, October 25th, 2020
Time: 8:08 PM ET
Location: Globe Life Field – Arlington, TX
TV Coverage: FOX

Dodgers Starting Lineup

  1. Mookie Betts (R) RF
  2. Corey Seager (L) SS
  3. Justin Turner (R) 3B
  4. Max Muncy (L) 1B
  5. Will Smith (R) DH
  6. Cody Bellinger (L) CF
  7. A.J. Pollock (R) LF
  8. Chris Taylor (R) 2B
  9. Austin Barnes (R) C
  10. Clayton Kershaw (L) SP

Dodgers Analysis

los angeles dodgersWe get a rematch of Game 1, where Clayton Kershaw pitched incredibly well. He had one earned run against his name over six innings and struck out eight. Kevin Kiermaier was the only name to do any damage against him. The Dodgers were able to steal three bases off Glasnow which is easy to do with his slow movement to the plate. It also doesn’t help that he walked six hitters. The Dodgers will be able to get ahead on the ground game if they are able to get on. Mookie Betts and Corey Seager are not notorious base stealers but this is a good spot. Kershaw won’t have to change up too much as he was very efficient in Game 1. I will say Kershaw did give up a lot of hard-contact that didn’t end up finding the hit column. Yandy Diaz had a strong game with three hard hits but only one single to show for it. Look for him to go about 80-85 pitches at most in this one before they pass it off to the pen.

Rays Starting Lineup

  1. Randy Arozarena (R) LF
  2. Hunter Renfroe (R) DH
  3. Austin Meadows (L) RF
  4. Ji-Man Choi (L) 1B
  5. Brandon Lowe (L) 2B
  6. Willy Adames (R) SS
  7. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF
  8. Mike Zunino (R) C
  9. Joey Wendle (R) 3B
  10. Tyler Glasnow (R) SP

Rays Analysis

tampa bay raysTyler Glasnow struggled in Game 1, especially with command. He had six walks and allowed six earned runs. Glasnow also had three stolen bases off him. Keeping guys off base is even more important if you can’t hold them on and that is the case here. While he did miss some bats with eight strikeouts over 4.1 innings, Glasnow is going to need to have a far better start. If Glasnow can limit the walks, then he is going to have a strong outing. This is a good offense but we have seen Glasnow go up against some of the best and have his ceiling games. As for the offense, they continue to have timely power at-bats but the strikeouts are there. Like last night we saw, when you put balls in play good things happen. We will see the usual lineup against left-handed pitchers and they will have options like Austin Meadows and Ji-Man Choi off the bench to be put in if and when they go to a right-handed reliever.

Dodgers Vs Rays Daily Fantasy Angle

We have seen these two before as mentioned above and Tyler Glasnow struggled with command. He throws that fastball heavily given it is a power fastball and has the curve with a 48% whiff rate. However, if he can’t locate it doesn’t do any good. To refresh the guys who hit the high-velocity fastball well are Mookie Betts, Cody Bellinger, Max Muncy, and Joc Pederson. Of course, the red hot Corey Seager is in play as well and Justin Turner is one of the top bats. Clayton Kershaw has allowed a bit more pop to left-handed, allowing a .212 ISO dating back to last season and a .166 ISO to right-handers. He is using that slider more these days as the fastball has lowered in velocity. Yandy Diaz and Manuel Margot have solid track records against the curve. Brandon Lowe has a ton of power with a .236 ISO off southpaws and the same goes for Hunter Renfroe. The strikeout rates are the issue.

Dodgers Vs. Rays Betting Odds

Dodgers Odds: -162
Rays Odds: +144
Over/Under: 8

Both teams are averaging a combined 18 hits this series and a combined seven walks per game. The over continues to be a favorable number to hit and even with the arms on the hill tonight, Tyler Glasnow’s walk issues can present a problem and Kershaw is good to give up a run or two these days. He will unlikely pitch deep into the game as both starters likely won’t which means we get to see some tired bullpens back out there against two offenses clubbing the ball. Public money is hitting the over again and with how these balls are carrying out that should continue to hit. The Dodgers are being backed to take a lead in this one. Will we see the Dodgers bounce back or will the Rays ride the momentum?

Bet on This Game

Sports betting is legal in over 7 US states. If you are located in one of these states, you can bet this game on your mobile phone! Lineups.com offers free bonuses from the best online sportsbooks that are licensed and secure.

  
Jason Guilbault has been writing and podcasting in the fantasy sports world for over five years. You can find his work at Daily Fantasy Cafe. He is an avid Tottenham fan, and follows the Boston sports teams. When he isn’t diving into stats, he is enjoying the outdoors or down at the local brewery.

Hot MLB Matchup Previews Stories