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Tampa Bay Rays: 5 takeaways from Game 2 of the World Series

Blake Snell of the Tampa Bay Rays delivers the pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning in Game Two of the 2020 MLB World Series at Globe Life Field on October 21, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Maxx Wolfson/Getty Images)
Blake Snell of the Tampa Bay Rays delivers the pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning in Game Two of the 2020 MLB World Series at Globe Life Field on October 21, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Maxx Wolfson/Getty Images)
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The Dodgers watch from the dugout as they lose to the Rays.
Los Angeles Dodgers teammates watch from the dugout in the 9th inning against the Tampa Bay Rays in game two of the 2020 World Series at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Dodgers are getting inconsistent

Perhaps the pressure of expectation is starting to tell on the Los Angeles Dodgers. Having reached their third World Series in four years, the fan base will be expecting the team to take out the Fall Classic this time.

Furthermore, the Houston Astros will be asking themselves how the NLCS escaped their grasp. Having a 3-1 lead, the Dodgers found a way to win three straight games. Looking at the series, they scored 11 runs in the first inning of game three but then struggled in game four.

Even in the microcosm of the first two games of the World Series, the Dodgers have shown inconsistency. The argument is a double-edged sword, of course, but the Rays can exploit this growing inconsistency.

Rays’ Brandon Lowe is officially on fire

Lowe came into game two with a .107 average and just four postseason hits. Tony Gonsolin was the first pitcher to suffer, in the first inning, as Lowe launched a huge homer over left field.

Dustin May was Lowe’s second victim with another smite, but this time going over right field.

For the embattled Lowe, it has released the pressure. For the Rays, it has taken the spotlight away from Randy Arozarena. For the Dodgers, they need to be ready for the dawg because he may be off his leash. Lowe may look back at World Series Game 2 as the point when he regained his form.

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