The Southside Showdown team has their predictions as to who they think will win the World Series.
The Chicago White Sox are going to be watching this 2020 World Series from home but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a lot to keep an eye on during the fall classic. This year’s edition features two teams with very different identities. It would be in the White Sox best interest to take a bit from both of these squads and put it together to become a really great team.
The Tampa Bay Rays are the American League Champions. They came close to blowing a 3-0 series lead to the Houston Astros in the ALCS but they won game seven and are now in the World Series. They have a very low payroll and win games with expertise in pitching and defense. Tyler Glasnow takes the ball for them in game one.
The Los Angeles Dodgers were the favorite to win the World Series before they added Mookie
Betts in the offseason. It is a star-studded club that has star players up and down the lineup so it will be very interesting to see if after all these years they finally get it done. Clayton Kershaw takes the ball for them in game one.
Southside Showdown Predictions:
Vinnie Parise (Site Expert):
The Los Angeles Dodgers came back from 3-1 to defeat the Atlanta Braves and Tampa barely hung onto their 3-0 lead over the Astros. The Dodgers are absolutely going to be the favorite in this series but I have to go with the Rays anyway. They have been so good all year long by out-pitching and out defending you and that shouldn’t stop here.
With pitchers like Tyler Glasnow, Blake Snell, and Charlie Morton ready to take the ball, they are looking good with pitching matchups. This feels like the year that the Rays get it done for the first time in franchise history and the Dodgers lose another heartbreaking World Series.
Rays in 7
This World Series is the ultimate showdown between a small market and big market team. The Rays have continued to find ways to win games. They survived two elimination games and a small payroll to get to this point. While the Rays have no star players they also have no weaknesses. They are solid in every phase of the game.
The Dodgers, meanwhile, are loaded. Star players are scattered throughout the lineup and pitching staff. A World Series title was the expectation heading into the season and they are finally looking to finally exercised their postseason demons after overcoming a 3-1 series deficit to the Braves.
While the Rays have shown they can hang with some great teams like the Yankees and Astros, the Dodgers are a different animal. The Rays looked like they ran out of gas near the end of the Astros series.
Dodgers in 6
The Los Angeles Dodgers are coming off a glorious NLCS comeback series victory and I don’t see them slowing down from that. I believe that the Dodgers offense is too deep for the Tampa Bay Rays to handle. The Rays seemed unstoppable offensively but showed their flaws against the Houston Astros that I think the Dodgers can take advantage of. Corey Seager, Cody Bellinger, and Mookie Betts are just three batters who can power some fastballs into the stands. I think the Rays will hit a slump offensively when going up against Walker Buehler and Julio Urias. With that being said, it would be disrespectful to not mention how tremendous the Rays have played, so I am expecting them to reach game seven, but with the Dodgers bringing another 2020 trophy to Hollywood.
Dodgers in 7
Jon Michael Walters:
I want the Rays to win, but I predict the Dodgers will win in 7 games. They’ve been the best team all year and their star power easily over-matches the Rays. The Rays are a good team, but I just don’t see how they can outlast the Dodgers in a seven-game series.
Dodgers in 7
I think the Dodgers will win in 6. The Rays are a great team but LA has the postseason experience edge. I also believe that the Dodgers have been the best team all season and will continue to prove that.
Dodgers in 6
It appears that your site expert is the only one of the bunch who believes that the Tampa Bay Rays will get it don’t in the Fall Classic. The rest of the crew is all in on the Los Angeles Dodgers taking the trophy and ending what has been a few straight years of playoff disappointment. No matter what, this is going to be an awesome World Series!