Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Game 2 Odds & Pick

October 21, 8:20 PM EDT

Betting Odds

Rays +121/Dodgers -131
8ov -120

After taking the opener of this 2020 World Series Tuesday night, the LA Dodgers shoot for a 2-0 lead when the teams meet again Wednesday evening in Arlington. The Dodgers used two homers, four stolen bases, and six solid innings from Clay Kershaw to win Tuesday and now will probably go with a bullpen effort Wednesday night. How are we playing Game 2 with our free MLB pick?

MLB World Series Betting Odds

World Series Game 2 betting odds opened Los Angeles at around -155 over Tampa Bay, with an over/under of eight runs. Early betting action then dipped the Dodgers to -150. Los Angeles could also be found getting around +140, giving the run and a half on the run line.

World Series Game 2 Rays vs. Dodgers Set-Up

Los Angeles leads this Series one game to none after taking the opener Tuesday night 8-3. That game was a scoreless tie until Cody Bellinger hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning to give the Dodgers the lead for good. LA added four runs in the fifth and two in the sixth, then hung on from there for the victory. The Dodgers won Tuesday as -160 favorites with Kershaw and covered against the run line at a price of +135. Also, Game 1 played over a total of 7.5 runs. With Tuesday's win, Los Angeles is now 10-3 this postseason. With Tuesday's loss, Tampa Bay is now 9-6 this postseason. These teams met most recently in May and September of last season, splitting four games overall.

Game 2 Starting Arms

Rookie righty Gonsolin is 3/9 on quality starts this season, to go along with a couple of relief appearances. Last Sunday, in Game 7 of the NLCS against Atlanta, he gave up two runs on two hits, including a homer, and three walks through just two innings in a game Los Angeles eventually won 4-3. And five days before that, in starting Game 2 of that NLCS, he got touched by the Braves for five runs through 4 1/3 innings of an 8-7 Dodgers defeat. On the season, LA is 5-4 when Gonsolin starts, 0-1 this postseason. This will be Gonsolin's first-ever start against Tampa Bay. With an off-day Thursday, the Dodgers will probably go with Gonsolin for an inning or two or three, then turn this game over to their bullpen. Lefty Snell is 0/15 on quality starts this year, and 0/4 this postseason, because he's yet to throw six full innings. Eight times he's come within three outs of an official QS, only to get pulled. But that's the way it is with Tampa Bay. Last Friday, in Game 6 of the ALCS against the Astros, he gave up two runs on three hits and four walks through four innings of a 7-4 Rays loss. And over four starts this postseason, Snell has allowed seven runs on 16 hits and ten walks through 19 2/3 innings, with 19 strikeouts. Tampa is 9-6 with Snell this season, 2-2 this postseason. Snell's only previous outing against the Dodgers came in May of last year, when he tossed two perfect innings of relief, with four strikeouts.

Game 2 Batting Splits

Tampa batted .238 this season against right-handed pitching, with a .324 team OBP and a .415 team slugging percentage. And while the Rays have come up with some clutch hitting this postseason, they've also scored a total of only 31 runs over their last ten games. Los Angeles batted .250/.336/.442 vs. left-handed pitching this season. The Dodgers have also scored at least five runs seven times over their last 11 games.

The Bullpens

The Tampa bullpen posted a 3.37 ERA this season, along with a 1.19 WHIP and a 3.02 K/BB ratio. Numbers like those helped this unit rank among the top three bullpens in Baseball this year. The LA pen put up a 2.74 ERA this season, along with an ML-best 1.04 WHIP and a 3.34 K/BB ratio. Numbers like those helped this unit rank as the best bullpen in Baseball.

MLB Betting Trends

  • The Rays played a Major League-best 31-12 against right-handed starters this season.
  • Los Angeles played 13-5 against left-handed starters this season.
  • The Rays played 10-5 this season as an underdog on the MLB betting line.

Totals Report

  • Unders are 9-6 in Rays games this postseason.
  • Overs are 7-6 in Dodgers games this postseason.
  • Totals split 14-14 at Globe Life Field during the regular season, while the overs are 7-4 at GLF this postseason.

Tampa Bay vs. Los Angeles Game 2 Prediction

We'd give Snell the check-mark in the pitching match-up, but he'll probably really go against the Dodgers bullpen. So we'll call that factor a wash. Meanwhile, we give Los Angeles a solid edge with the sticks and in the momentum department. We're playing LA for our free MLB pick on Game 2. 

Free Pick: 
Take the Dodgers -131