10 Interesting Stats from Game 1 of the World Series

10 Interesting Stats from Game 1 of the World Series

by October 21, 2020 0 comments

For just the fourth time since the start of the Wild Card Era in 1995, the teams with the best record in each league will play in the World Series.

For the third time in the last four seasons, the Los Angeles Dodgers have their ticket to the Fall Classic punched. They are in pursuit of their first championship since 1988.

For the second time in franchise history, the Tampa Bay Rays will appear in the World Series. It’s their first appearance in 12 years. 

Let’s turn away from those surface-level bits of information. This is the best versus the best. A team with the third-lowest payroll in Major League Baseball against the team with the second-highest.

Here are 10 statistics that made Tuesday’s Game 1 that much more historic, six original and four from Twitter:

  • Clayton Kershaw has started each Game 1 of the Dodgers’ recent World Series appearances. He threw a first-pitch strike in each start.
  • The Dodgers had just one runner reach base in the first inning in each of their last three World Series appearances (Chris Taylor HR in 2017, David Freese single in 2018, Corey Seager walk in 2020).
  • The Dodgers’ opposing starting pitchers in Game 1 of each of their last three World Series appearances were making their World Series debuts; they scored at least three runs off each starter, hit at least 1 HR, and none of the three starting pitchers made it through seven innings pitched (Dallas Keuchel, Chris Sale, Tyler Glasnow).
  • Mookie Betts went 1-4 with a walk and two runs scored in Game 1 of the 2018 World Series against the Dodgers. He went 2-4 with a walk and two runs scored in Game 1 for the Dodgers on Tuesday.
  • In just the two World Series Game 1’s in Rays history, both starting pitchers (Scott Kazmir, Glasnow) allowed at least four walks and surrendered a home run. Offensively, the Rays collected just two extra-base hits in both Game 1’s. A double and home run all by left-handed batters.

Here are several statistics from reporters via Twitter:

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