Believe it or not, there’s another baseball game after Saturday night’s unforgettable finish. The Dodgers and Rays are back at it again in Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday night at Globe Life Field.
Joe Buck and John Smoltz are on the call again — no NFL for Buck this Sunday — for Fox, with a first pitch scheduled for 5:08 p.m. PT.
After taking turns winning in the first four games, we’re back to square one. It’s a best-of-3 series now, with the same pitching matchup we saw in Game 1. Clayton Kershaw was excellent in that one, striking out eight in six innings while allowing only one run, and getting a miss on half the swings against him. Tyler Glasnow also struck out eight, but issued a career-high six walks and the Dodgers worked him for six runs.
Each team got their looks at the other starter, and both teams are intimately familiar with each bullpen at this point. So that brings us to the pivotal Game 5.
In the last 46 times the World Series was tied at 2-2, the winner of Game 5 won the series 30 times (65.2 percent), though this century the Game 5 winner in these occasions actually lost the series four out of seven times, including Houston just last year.
The pregame show will be all on Fox for an hour on Sunday (after splitting each pregame between FS1 and Fox for the first four games), beginning at 4 p.m.