Written By: Clutch Sports Talk
A few weeks removed from the Los Angeles Lakers winning an NBA title, the Lakers are no longer the only team in Los Angeles that has claimed a championship this year. After a 31-year drought, the Los Angeles Dodgers finally defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 to win their first World Series title since 1988.
The Dodgers were clearly the best team in baseball in 2020. They had the best record, they hit the most home runs, and arguably had the best batting lineup in all of baseball. The Dodgers have made the World Series 3 out of the last 4 years and have fallen short every single time in heartbreak fashion. Coming into the pandemic season, a lot of people had the Dodgers as their favorite to win the World Series but had their reservations due to their limited bullpen.
As the 2020 pandemic season rolled through, the Dodgers were clearly the best team in all of baseball. They blew through their first two playoff series between the Milwaukee Brewers and then followed up by sweeping the San Diego Padres. In the NLCS the Dodgers were on the ropes where they ran into a hot Atlanta Braves team who pushed the Dodgers to the brink of elimination, the Dodgers stormed back to tie the series up forcing a game 7 and the Dodgers eventually ended up winning the series.
The Los Angeles Dodgers earned the right to play the Tampa Bay Rays in the World Series. The Dodgers shot out to a commanding 1-0 series lead in the first game defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 8 to 3. Tampa Bay rallied the next day defeating the LA Dodgers 6-4, tying up the series. In such a back and forth series, it was very obvious that the Dodgers were in for a battle, and game 3 was a very pivotal game for the Dodgers as they were able to score six runs, defeating Tampa Bay.
Game 4 was one of the best games in World Series history as the Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays went back and forth up until the bottom of the 9th where LA Dodgers made several errors, allowing Tampa Bay to take the game 8-7, therefore, tying the series up at two games apiece.
Game 5 was much of the same with both teams jostling back and forth. Tampa Bay went up early in game 5 however, the Dodgers came back eventually taking the lead and winning the game 4 -2. This game was pivotal for the Dodgers because one of their best pitchers, Clayton Kershaw was able to secure the victory and help lead his team to a very important game 5 win.
Finally, game 6, which was played by the Dodgers with the chance of finally clinching a 7th world series title in team history. The Dodgers used an array of pitchers with the hopes of not having to use any starting pitchers and not having to go deep into the bullpen to win the series outright.
The Dodgers received contributions from the majority of their top players such as Mookie Betts, 2020 World Series MVP Corey Seager, Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, and Cody Bellinger. Everyone did their part, helping the Dodgers to solidify their win and clinch a seventh world series title in team history by defeating Tampa Bay 4-2 in the series.
This world series will be remembered for a few things; one being the World Series champion was able to win within a bubble setting. Secondly, the Tampa Bay Rays were up to the task of competing for a World Championship. They were able to battle back on several occasions forcing the Dodgers to play their best every game. But in the end, the Los Angeles Dodgers were just too much and were able to complete the task and bring home a championship to LA for the first time since 1988. With this win, Dodger fans can hopefully forget the recent heartbreaking defeats and can look forward to the seasons ahead with the opportunity of winning another title.
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