World Series Game Three, 2020

Dodgers vs Rays, 5:00 PM PDT, TV: Fox

The series is tied at one game apiece. The Rays are the home team for the next three games. Today it’ll be RHP Walker Buehler (1-0, 1.89 ERA in this postseaon) for the Dodgers and RHP Charlie Morton (3-0, 0.57 ERA) for the Rays. This will be Buehler’s second World Series start: he pitched seven scoreless innings in 2018’s Game Three against the Red Sox. It will be Morton’s third World Series appearance: while with the Astros he pitched against the Dodgers twice in 2017, relieving in a Game Four loss and winning Game Seven.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1945 Dodger President Branch Rickey announces that the team has signed two black players, shortstop Jackie Robinson and pitcher Johnny Wright, to play with Brooklyn’s Triple A team in Montreal. The 26 year-old Negro League infielder will be the first black player to play in organized baseball since 1884.
  • 1951 The Associated Press selects Giants skipper Leo Durocher as the Manager of the Year. Under his leadership, the Giants rallied from a 13 1/2-game deficit in mid-August to win the pennant, beating the Dodgers in a three-game playoff series best remembered for Bobby Thomson’s fabled home run in the bottom of the ninth inning of the deciding game at the Polo Grounds.
  • 1993 Mike Piazza, the sixty-second round pick of the 1988 draft, is the BBWAA’s unanimous choice for the Rookie of the Year award in the National League. The Dodger catcher is the first player to hit over .300 (.318), connect for more than 30 homers (35), and drive in at least 100 runs (112) in the Senior Circuit as a freshman since Wally Berger accomplished the feat in his initial major league season with the Braves in 1930.
  • 1998 Davey Johnson is hired to manage the second-place Dodgers, taking over the reins from Bill Russell. The former Mets, Reds, and Orioles skipper, who has finished first with every team he has ever led, will see his streak end in LA when he compiles a 163- 161 (.503) record.

Today in Rays’ history:

  • 2014 After aggressively trying to sign their manager to a third contract extension, the Rays announce Joe Maddon has exercised an opt-out in his contract. During his nine-year tenure with Tampa Bay, a franchise perceived as perennial losers before his arrival, the popular skipper compiled a 754-705 record, leading the team to the playoffs four times, that included winning two AL East titles and one appearance in the World Series.




227 thoughts on “World Series Game Three, 2020

  1. Buehler is giving up hard contact whether it winds up foul, double play, or double or not.

  2. Morton has some wicked postseason numbers. I was at the lamentable Game 7 in 2017 when he was with the Asterisks.

  3. Home away from home: This is the 16th game we have played in this ballpark this season: three in the regular season, three vs. the Padres, seven vs. the Braves and now three in the World Series. We played only 30 at Dodger Stadium. If someone else posted that, sorry, but when I am watching the game I am not near my computer.

  4. How many dozens of times do you suppose Rays announcers have said as this new pitcher comes in, “the sheriff’s coming in to restore order.”

  5. So I think 11 different Dodgers have homered this post-season. Just missing Pollock and Beaty.

  6. How are you doing on your walk RBI? Feeling at peace with the world – or at least this game?

    • That’s – not great. Although, if he could go one more – with this lead – Dodgers could pull him. Wrap him up for now.

  7. I didn’t want Seager to stop at third on Turner’s double. Shucks, I didn’t get what I wished for.

  8. Things to read between innings: a remembrance of the Dodgers’ famous infield. In sabremetric terms Cey was the most valuable with a 53.3 WAR. Lopes had a 42.0 WAR, Garvey stood at 37.6 WAR and Russell at 31.3.

  9. Not that I mind all the HRs from Seager. But I kinda miss the classic doubles from him.
    Ahh – who am I kidding – the bombs are better.

  10. Red Sox catching flak for trading Mookie Betts.

    Jane Leavy, author of another acclaimed Ruth biography (“The Big Fella”), didn’t mince words when asked if she detected any parallels between the Babe and Betts deals.

    “The common denominator,” she wrote in an e-mail, “is stupidity. Never take joy out of the lineup.”