Game On…with Rob Kriete – OCTOBER 21
There are no stalemates in baseball…or crying, from what Tom Hanks professes. As the Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Dodgers battle for the MLB Championship in the World Series, we have two teams that given the chance, could probably play to that stalemate.
In Game One, the Dodgers great young hitters stormed the series with their power. The right-handed, five-tool monster player, Mookie Betts went deep as well as lefty slugger sensation, Cody Bellinger. Combined with great pitching from lefty wunderkind, Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers took the opening game of the series.
Game Two saw the emergence of Tampa Bay’s dynamic young hitter, Brandon Lowe, who had been stuck in neutral throughout the playoffs while going 6 – 56 at the plate. Lowe matched the power of the Dodger stars by slugging two vital home runs off two different Los Angeles pitchers in Game Two. Lowe seemingly has found his stroke at the time the Rays need him the most. If Lowe can keep it up, it will create more favorable pitches for Randy Arozarena to see, the other Rays star who has been carrying the offensive firepower throughout the series.
Tied at one game apiece, the Dodgers and Rays continue their seven-game World Series Friday night with a great pitching matchup. Walker Bueller, the strike-throwing machine, takes the mound for Los Angeles and the dependable, clutch-pitcher, Charlie Morton, is bringing it for the Rays.
I expect this series to come down to a seventh game as both teams are fundamentally sound, hit for power while adept at situational hitting, and have strong starting pitching and bullpens. Stalemate? I won’t bet on that. I’d rather hear Tom Hanks shout, “Game On!”
Be safe, everyone.