Dodgers win 2020 World Series; Seager named MVP

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Seager for the 2017 Los Angeles Dodgers

Matthew Szymanowski, Staff Writer

It’s been a long time coming for Dodgers fans, but they finally got over the hurdle last night.

For the first time since 1988, the Los Angeles Dodgers won the World Series.

From the very beginning of the year, this team looked like a championship-caliber team. They had star talent at every position on the field and depth behind each of their starters.

Following a 60-game shortened season, the Dodgers had an MLB best 43-17 record.

They swept right through the first two rounds, defeating the Milwaukee Brewers and the San Diego Padres, respectively.

The Atlanta Braves proved to be a worthy opponent, winning three of the first four games against the Dodgers. They never quit though and won the next three games to advance to the World Series.

Though their payroll is significantly lower, the Tampa Bay Rays were no easy task in the World Series.

Game 1 was dominated by the Dodgers as they won 8-3. Former MVP Clayton Kershaw pitched six outstanding innings while Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger each hit a home run.

The Rays bounced back in Game 2 though, winning 6-4 with help from Brandon Lowe’s multi-home run game.

Walker Buehler pitched a gem in Game 3, striking out ten batters and leading the Dodgers to a 6-2 victory.

Game 4 will go down as one of the best games in World Series history. These two teams combined for six home runs, and the lead changed multiple times. Down 7-6 with two runners on and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, an unlikely hero made his name known. Brett Phillips, the Rays outfielder who had not had a hit since September 25, delivered a game-winning hit to tie the series.

With the momentum on their side, it looked like the Rays may upset the Dodgers.

Los Angeles proved their doubters wrong. Kershaw looked elite once again and got some help with home runs from Joc Pederson and Max Muncy as the Dodgers took a 3-2 series lead.

The Rays jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in Game 6, but the Dodgers were not fazed. Mookie Betts had a big hit in the bottom of the fifth then scored on his aggressive baserunning. He also hit a home run in the bottom of the eighth, to give them a 3-1 lead. Young left-handed star Julio Urias struck out the side in the ninth to clinch the Dodgers’ victory.

This was the first time since 1988 that the Dodgers won the World Series, and it’s their seventh time winning in their franchise history.

Corey Seager was named World Series MVP. He had a .400 batting average with a 1.256 OPS and two home runs.

The Los Angeles Dodgers will look to defend their title next year when the season starts on April 1, 2021.

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