The first pitch of the World Series goes tonight and that means more props to play on Monkey Knife Fight.
Even though it was a shortened 60-game season, with an expanded playoff, the teams with the two best records managed to reach the World Series.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are the team that consistently has one of the highest payrolls in the sport. They have been seeking their first World Series crown since 1988 and they have been close, losing the World Series in both 2017 and 2018.
On the other hand, the Tampa Bay Rays are a bargain enterprise have never won the World Series, losing in their only appearance in the championship round in 2008.
Here are some angles to consider for the first game of the World Series on Monkey Knife Fight:
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Clayton Kershaw LESS THAN 6.5 STRIKEOUTS
There are few players in this series that come with the wildcard credentials of Kershaw. He may be the best pitcher of this generation but he has also struggled at times in the postseason and has recorded seven or more strikeouts in two of his past 10 postseason starts. However, the Rays are a team that tends to strike out. During the regular season, their strikeout rate of 26.9% was the second-highest rate in baseball and it’s gone up to 29.9% in the postseason. Still, can Kershaw be trusted?
Tyler Glasnow LESS THAN 5.5 STRIKEOUTS
Glasnow recorded 18 strikeouts in 11 innings through his first two playoff starts this year but has seven strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings since. The Dodgers also happen to sit on the other end of the spectrum for strikeouts. Their strikeout rate of 20.3% was the third lowest rate in baseball.
Mookie Betts MORE THAN 1.5 HITS + WALKS
The star Dodgers right fielder is hitting .311 with an .852 OPS in the playoffs and while he has yet to hit a home run, he’s consistently getting on base, and that includes reaching on multiple hits plus walks in nine of 12 postseason contests.
Randy Arozarena -0.5 fantasy points vs. Yandy Diaz
Diaz, the Rays’ third baseman, is hitting .125 with a .489 OPS in the playoffs, compared to Arozarena, who is the hottest hitter in baseball. Arozarena has hit .382 with a 1.288 OPS in 14 playoff games. Take Arozarena against anyone right now but especially against Diaz.
Cody Bellinger -0.5 fantasy points vs. Brandon Lowe
Bellinger has been coming on for the Dodogers and while he’s hitting a mediocre .250, he has a .911 OPS, has walked eight times and driven in 10 runs in 12 playoff games. Lowe, on the other hand, is mired in a terrible slump, hitting .115 with a .360 OPS in the playoffs. The regular season was different, Lowe was the much more dangerous hitter, but it’s hard to go against their recent results.
Corey Seager +0.5 fantasy points vs. Mookie Betts
As good as Betts has been in the playoffs, hitting .311 with an .852 OPS, it’s not as good as Seager who has six home runs, 15 RBI, a .298 batting average and 1.124 OPS in 12 postseaason contests. Betts has been good but Seager has been great.
HOME RUN DERBY
Looking for a trio of players that might combine for more than 0.5 home runs? Try Randy Arozarena, Corey Seager, and Cody Bellinger, a trio that has combined for 16 home runs in the playoffs.