The Los Angeles Dodgers can clinch their first World Series championship in 32 years with a win on Tuesday as they battle the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6 of this year's Fall Classic as -140 favourites on the MLB odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
The World Series has emerged as a seesaw battle. The two clubs have taken turns posting wins through the first five games, capped by Los Angeles' 4-2 victory on Sunday that gave the NL champions a 3-2 series lead going into Tuesday night's matchup at Globe Life Field.
Now just one win away from glory, the Dodgers have rocketed to -550 favourites on the World Series odds. But historically the Dodgers have struggled to slam the door when positioned to clinch a World Series title, going 4-3 since relocating from Brooklyn back in 1958.
While the historical trends may not be on the Dodgers' side, they have been steady performers in this year's postseason. Los Angeles has suffered consecutive losses just once in its last 30 overall contests, and sports a solid 11-5 record in postseason play.
With their backs against the wall for the third time in the postseason, the Rays look to Game 6 pegged as +120 underdogs at sports betting sites. Tampa Bay has been forced to play catch-up since the start of this series, responding to the Dodgers' first two victories with narrow wins of their own.
However, with the Rays now having to record back-to-back wins after failing to do so over their past eight outings they have lost considerable ground on the MLB series prices, dipping to +425 underdogs. In addition, back-to-back wins over the Dodgers have been exceedingly rare for Tampa Bay, which has failed to string together two victories in a row in 16 overall meetings with Los Angeles since 2007.
Lefthander Blake Snell is expected to get the call for the Rays in Tuesday's contest. Snell has been steady in five postseason starts, allowing more than two earned runs just once while compiling a 2-2 record. Snell came away with a no-decision after surrendering two earned runs in 4.2 innings of work in Tampa Bay's 6-4 win in Game 2 of the World Series.
Tony Gonsolin will make his second appearance of the series when he takes the mound for the Dodgers in Game 6. The righthander opened Game 2 of this series, but after getting limited rest following a relief appearance in the Dodgers' 4-3 win over Atlanta in Game 7 of the NLCS, Gonsolin saw just 1.1 innings of action in that contest.