No Traditional Starter Cost the Dodgers

Wednesday, October 21, 202
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2020

Without a traditional starter to begin Game 4, the Los Angeles Dodgers lost to the Tampa Bay Rays 6-to-4. The World Series is tied at a game apiece.

Throughout the 2020 season, including the postseason, the Dodgers did not have 4th and 5th starters. Manager Dave Roberts called this meeting “a bullpen game.” If left-hander Alex Wood had not performed well during the 2020 season, he would have started Game 2. He performed well in the eighth and ninth inning. If Walker Buehler did not deal with a blister for the last two months, the Dodgers would have started him Wednesday, but he starts Friday.

Tony Gonsolin did not pitch poorly in his 1.2 innings. Although Victor González allowed a run, most of the relievers did outstandingly. Dustin May did not pitch well throughout the postseason, and Wednesday, he allowed 4 runs because his slider looked like a frisbee. Hopefully, the Dodgers do not need to use May for the rest of the postseason. May will be a future star but now.

Blake Snell, a 2018 American League Cy Young award winner, was excellent for 4.2 innings. He held the Dodgers hitless for 4.2 innings until Snell walked Kiké Hernandez and then, Chris Taylor homered. In the sixth, Will Smith homered. In the eighth, Corey Seager blasted a home run. The Dodgers could not have a prolonged rally. They tried to exhaust Tampa Bay’s wonderful and famous bullpen, but relievers consistently pounded the strike zone. The Dodgers never gave up on Game 2, and this spirit will enable the team to win its first world championship in 32 years.

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