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World Series 2020 — Key players to watch

World Series 2020 — Key players to watch

Arlington Texas – After a 4-3 victory, Sunday night against the Braves, the Los Angeles Dodgers are headed to the World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays where they look to win their seventh championship at Globe Life Field in Arlington Texas. The Dodgers, who came back from being down 3-1 against the Astros, have a hot bat in Corey Seager. 

The World Series will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. Image Credit: Ron Jenkins/Getty Image

The Fall Classic is finally underway after a condensed 60-game season without fans being able to attend was announced in June. SDNA-1000 saliva collection kits for all players and staff were provided throughout the season. Both teams have powerhouse hitting that’s hard to miss.  

Looking for their first title, the Tampa Bay Rays are in the World Series after a 4-2 win against the Astros last Saturday. Timely hitting from two players, including Randy Arozarena, will be key.

With 6 home runs, Seager now holds the Dodgers’ postseason record. Seager, who homered fifteen times and had a .307 batting average for the regular season was named NLCS MVP. When asked about how challenging the road has been, Seager mentions how tough it is being away from family and quarantining, but the Dodgers will “stick with it and keep going.”  

Like Seager, Arozarena won the ALCS MVP with timely hitting. Arozarena, who finished with 7 home runs in the postseason, joins B.J. Upton for the most home runs in the Rays’ history. Rays’ catcher, Mike Zunino, is also shouldering the load. With 4 homers in the playoffs, he is tied for second-most home runs by a catcher, all-time. In a presser, Arozarena said he wasn’t trying to win MVP and said “I was trying to do everything I could to help.”

The rest of the World Series schedule is as follows:

Friday, Oct. 23

• Game 3 at 8 p.m. 

Saturday, Oct. 24

• Game 4, at 8 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 25

• Game 5, at 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 27

• Game 6, at 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 28

• Game 7, at 8 p.m.

Will Seager’s hot bat lift the Dodgers to their seventh title? Can Arozarena carry the Rays to their first-ever championship and win World Series MVP? 

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James is published in the oldest African American Newspaper in the United States, The Philadelphia Tribune. In his spare time he writes about sports and plays the piano.

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