Dodgers favourites over Rays on World Series odds

Los Angeles Dodgers' Cody Bellinger, right, celebrates his solo home run with Enrique Hernandez against Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Chris Martin during the seventh inning in Game 7 of a baseball National League Championship Series, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

The Los Angeles Dodgers will be looking to end a 32-year championship drought when they take on the Tampa Bay Rays as -200 betting favourites on the opening World Series odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Los Angeles emerged as the top team in the majors during the pandemic-shortened MLB regular season, and will be making its third World Series appearance in four years when the Fall Classic gets underway on Tuesday night at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.

The Dodgers needed an epic comeback to claim this year's National League pennant, overcoming a 3-1 series deficit to knock off Atlanta in seven games in the NLCS. The Dodgers' losses to the Braves in Games 1 and 2 of that series represent the only back-to-back defeats they have suffered during a 20-6 run that started back on September 13.

But despite maintaining a torrid pace, Los Angeles still faces a massive challenge to rewrite a dismal World Series narrative after coming up short in each of its two recent World Series appearances.

The Rays, meanwhile, also have plenty to prove as they prepare to make their first World Series appearance since 2008 set as +170 underdogs at betting sites. Tampa Bay needed a Game 7 win to dispatch Houston in the ALCS after blowing a 3-0 series lead, finally clinching a World Series bid with a 4-2 victory on Saturday night.

Like the Dodgers, the Rays have enjoyed a stellar campaign, finishing atop the American League standings with a league-best 40 regular season wins. Tampa Bay has also been a model of consistency in recent weeks, avoiding consecutive defeats with a 20-6 run of its own that ended with its near meltdown in the ALCS.

However, Tampa Bay has struggled historically in past meetings with Los Angeles, posting just four wins in 11 overall meetings since 2007 according to the OddsShark MLB Database.

Tyler Glasnow is also looking to end a dismal run in previous appearances against Los Angeles. Set to take the mound for Tampa Bay in Game 1, Glasnow has allowed six earned runs in four career innings of work against the Dodgers. The 27-year-old has also struggled at times during this year's postseason, surrendering four earned runs in two of his four starts.

Clayton Kershaw is expected to get the call for the Dodgers in Game 1. The 32-year-old southpaw was steady while compiling a 6-2 record this season, but he has surrendered 15 total earned runs while taking the loss in each of his past three World Series starts.

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