Los Angeles leads the best-of-7 series, 1-0, after a dominant win in Game 1 on Tuesday behind Clayton Kershaw and Mookie Betts. Game 2, much like the entire Fall Classic, will be televised by Fox, with a 5:08 p.m. PT start time on Wednesday that is three minutes earlier than Game 1.
Joe Buck and John Smoltz are on the call once again, along with reporters Ken Rosenthal and Tom Verducci.
The Dodgers have only led a best-of-7 series 2-0 once in the previous 31 seasons, when they went up 3-0 on the Cubs in the 2017 NLCS before winning that series in five games. There have been 56 teams to take a 2-0 lead in World Series history, and 45 won the championship (80.4 percent).
That includes a title for each of the last 12 teams to lead the World Series 2-0, dating back to the 1998 Yankees. The last team with a 2-0 lead in the World Series to lose the series was the 1996 Braves, who coincidentally also stormed into the Fall Classic that year after winning the final three games of the NLCS, overcoming a 3-1 deficit.
Tony Gonsolin gets the start for the Dodgers in Game 2, but figures to be limited since he’s on just two days rest after pitching two innings and throwing 41 pitches on Sunday. Dustin May will also be available in relief, and Julio Urías could be as well if he’s not held back for Game 4. Both May and Urías also pitched Sunday.
Blake Snell, who has a 3.20 ERA in four postseason outings so far this year, starts for the Rays. The left-hander, who won the 2018 American League Cy Young Award, has 19 strikeouts and 10 walks in 19⅔ innings this season.