The Major League Baseball World Series

The Major League Baseball World Series

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This article was written as of October 26th, 2020
The Major League Baseball World Series: Maxwell Fiedorczyk. Trumpet Issue 7
The Major League Baseball World Series is underway. Fans across the country get to watch the Tampa Bay Rays take on the Los Angeles Dodgers, as the two teams compete in a best-of-seven series to determine which team gains the right to hoist The Commissioner’s Trophy. The road to this World Series in particular was not an easy one for Major League Baseball, as the season was often in question, primarily due to the implications that Major League Baseball had to face due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
There were many instances in which the MLB season looked to be in danger of cancellation. At one point, the league had upwards of 20% of their games postponed due to outbreaks. However, the MLB persevered through this hardship, and began their expanded playoffs, as sixteen teams were given an opportunity to compete for a World Series Championship. From those sixteen teams only two earned the opportunity to play on the big stage: the Rays and Dodgers. Although these two teams are facing off against each other in the World Series, the way in which each team has gotten to this point is very different.
With a shortened 60 game MLB season, the Tampa Bay Rays captured the NL East Division Title, as they posted a winning record of 40-20 on the season, and ultimately won the American League Pennant, the teams first since 2008. On route to a World Series berth, the Tampa Bay Rays not only defeated the Toronto Blue Jays, but they also defeated the New York Yankees and Houston Astros. The Rays look to complete this improbable World Series run and beat the Dodgers, as doing so would result in their franchise’s first ever championship.
Following the acquisition of superstar outfielder Mookie Betts from the Boston Red Sox, the Los Angeles Dodgers felt as though they could finally secure their first World Series title since 1988. The Dodgers franchise has faced harsh criticism as of late from media and fans alike, given the fact that the team has made their third World Series appearance in the last four years, and ultimately having nothing to show for it. With these recent championship struggles, the Dodgers have appeared as though they had taken the criticism personally, posting a 43-17 record on the season. From there, the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres, and Atlanta Braves to secure the National League Pennant and clinch a World Series berth.
As of Oct, 26, 2020, the Los Angeles Dodgers have a 3-2 series lead on the Tampa Bay Rays, with the Dodgers being one win away from securing that elusive championship. For the Rays, they look to force a game seven and live to fight another day.