Nick Swisher, Tino Martinez, Rick Ankiel and Ben Verlander responded to all the actions and answered questions live from the opening ceremony of Game 1 of the World Series.
Game 1 began with several dramas when Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw first jammed before escaping without allowing a raise score.
He then calmed down, hitting eight batters in six innings and surrendering only one run. And finally, breaking through the biggest stage will drive away the famous post-season demons of the car show, Ankiel pointed out.
And by the end of the night, Kershaw did everything he could to start reversing the “October story” around him, according to us.
A large series from the Dodgers star will certainly be of great help to LA’s first World Series title since 1988. Still, former Dodgers first baseman Eric Karros, who attended the show as a special guest, explained one of the must-dos for the team. Another way to win the championship is in the bullpen series. It’s about shutting things down in the second half.
The Dodgers kicked off Game 1 when Mookie Betts hit his first home run in the postseason and added his stellar defense and running. This clearly stated that the Dodgers star was the best player in baseball.
Some wonder if that means less in a shortened season, regardless of who wins the title. However, the entire Watch Party crew has confirmed that there is no need to add an asterisk to the 2020 World Series.
Karos is far from the only guest to stop by, as Minnesota Twins pitcher (and former Rays) Jake Odorizzi provided stellar batters like Randia Rosalena of Rays with incredible knowledge of pitching. It was a thing.
He also thought about the MLB bubble and how the low-pressure environment facilitated the transition of young players to majors this year.
Former minor leaguer and baseball personality Cody Decker joined the show late. He probably did his best to the end by sharing Nick Swisher’s best story and quite counteracting the impression of Swish. “I earned $ 114 million … and I wasn’t that good!” Bro!
Wednesday night, with the same crew, we’ll be back at the opening ceremony on FOX Sports’ digital platform for the Game 2 Watch Party.
By the way, before the first pitch, I got the forecast for the Fall 2020 Classic and put the panelists on the spot. The Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays are in Arlington, Texas, in a fascinating match between the two best teams of baseball in the regular season, and what they expect is:
Four-time World Series Champion Tino Martinez: 6 rays.
Why raise? I think there are many platoon players who can play against any pitcher that the Dodgers brought in. They are used to doing it throughout the season. That’s how they play. The Tampa Bay has a lot of replaceable parts, which makes it very tough with the Dodgers Bullpen.
You have played in 5 World Series and have reached the playoffs 9 times. How will the Dodgers deal with the pressure to play in the third World Series in four years? I think they will handle it very well. Past experience with those opportunities will help them perform better in difficult situations. You just learn how to deal with that pressure better on the more opportunities you get.
Former World Series Champion Nick Swisher: 6 Dodgers.
Why Dodgers? Their time is now! They failed at this stage before 2017 and 2018, and they don’t want that feeling again.
What is the most difficult question faced by Dodgers manager Dave Roberts? For me it has to be a bullpen. How is Roberts going to use Janssen? Will he use Urias instead? Who will the big guys in the middle go to?
FOX Sports Ben Verlander: 6 rays.
Why raise? Pitching and defense win in the playoffs. And raises, mainly bullpen, have a big advantage in pitching.
What are the intangible assets that support this series of raises? Their way of thinking. I think the fact that the Dodgers have come here many times lately and didn’t win puts some additional pressure on the Dodgers and Dave Roberts.
(((Watch the video below to see five reasons Verlander wins the World Series. )
Veteran Rick Ankiel after 11 Major League Baseball and 3 seasons: 6 Dodgers.
Why the Dodgers are chosen: I’m stuck on a fence about who wins. I’m giving the Dodgers a little edge.
What is the most difficult question Kevin Cash faces? Who won’t he beat in the second half of the game? Does he walk Mookie Betts and pitch to Corey Seager and Justin Turner? Would you like to walk Seger and pitch to Turner and Max Muncy? How has Bellinger’s shoulders been tweaked from the celebration? There aren’t many places to hide in the Dodgers lineup. They are deep, including the benches of Joc Pederson and Enrique Hernandez.
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