2020 World Series: Latest Betting Lines and Predictions for Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Tampa Bay Rays

The Los Angeles Dodgers are the bookmakers' favorites to win the 2020 World Series, which begins on Tuesday night at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.

FanDuel, DraftKings and BetMGM all have the Dodgers 1-2 favorites to win the Fall Classic for the first time since 1988, while the Tampa Bay Rays have opened as 8-5 outsiders with DraftKings and 13-8 and 7-4 with BetMGM and FanDuel respectively.

The Dodgers and the Rays finished top of their respective leagues and the 2020 World Series will mark only the fourth time the two best regular-season teams have met on baseball's biggest stage since the wild-card round was introduced in 1995. Not everyone expects a close series, however.

FiveThirtyEight's statistical projections give the Dodgers a 69 percent of lifting the Commissioner's Trophy this month, with the Rays at 31 percent.

The Dodgers began the shortened regular season as the bookmakers' joint favorites to win the World Series, alongside the New York Yankees, and have lived up to expectations so far, clinching an eighth consecutive divisional title and a third National League pennant in four seasons. This ensured their third trip to the World Series since 2017 after last season's hiatus.

Los Angeles is the first team since the New York Yankees to reach the Fall Classic three times in four seasons. The Yankees followed their 1998-2000 three-peat with a seven-game loss against the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001 and a six-game defeat against the then Florida Marlins two years later.

Excluding this year's shortened regular season, the Dodgers have won more than 100 games in 2017 and in 2019, but the World Series title has proved frustratingly elusive.

The Rays, meanwhile, were as long as 17-1 to win the World Series when the MLB and the MLB Players Association signed off on a 60-game regular season on June 24.

Like the Dodgers, the Rays swept their opponents in the Wild Card Series—Los Angeles defeated the Milwaukee Brewers while Tampa Bay beat the Toronto Blue Jays—before the Rays needed five games to win the American League Division Series and then squandered a three-game lead against the Houston Astros in the Championship Series.

The Rays eventually held their nerve to avoid becoming only the second team in MLB history to surrender a 3-0 lead in a postseason series since the 2004 Yankees, advancing to the World Series for the first time since 2008 and for only the second time in franchise history.

The Dodgers, meanwhile, swept the San Diego Padres in the National League Division Series and then roared back from 3-1 down to defeat the Atlanta Braves in the Championship Series.

The World Series has gone the distance three times in the past four seasons: the Chicago Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians in 2016, the Dodgers lost to the Houston Astros a year later and the Astros lost in seven games to the Washington Nationals last year. This time, a seven-game outcome is the second-likeliest outcome at 11-5.

The most probable outcome is a six-game series at 2-1, while either team winning in five games is 7-2. A first World Series sweep since 2012, when the San Francisco Giants routed the Detroit Tigers, is at 9-2.

Enrique Hernandez, Los Angeles Dodgers
Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates after hitting a solo home run against the Atlanta Braves during the sixth inning in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series at Globe Life Field on October 18 in Arlington, Texas. Tom Pennington/Getty