The 2020 Major League Baseball World Series between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Los Angeles Dodgers will begin on ESPN Australia and New Zealand tomorrow morning.
One of the most unique Major League Baseball seasons in memory will see a dramatic conclusion, as baseball’s crown goes on the line in a seven game series.
Tampa secured their place in the World Series, after defeating the Houston Astros in seven games to claim the American League championship.
The Rays were made to sweat before booking their second World Series appearance in history, after being forced to seven games, despite initially holding a three game lead.
Tampa’s only other World Series appearance was in 2008, where they fell to the Philadelphia Phillies.
They will look to make franchise history by claiming the sports ultimate prize.
To do so, they will have to overcome an impressive Los Angeles Dodgers lineup, who secured their place in the World Series in their own seven-game series, twice coming from behind in game seven to see off the Atlanta Braves.
The Dodgers are no strangers to the World Series, having reached the final stage of the season in both 2017 and 2018.However, both of those trips to the World Series ended in defeat.
Despite claiming three of the last four National League titles, they have failed to convert that into a World Series win.
Los Angeles lost to the Boston Red Sox in five games in 2018, whilst the Rays 2008 series saw them go down to Philadelphia 4-1. Both will hope fortunes differ in the 2020 edition.
“We’re thrilled to be bringing our viewers a highly anticipated World Series showdown between Tampa Bay and Los Angeles Dodgers,” ESPN Australia New Zealand General Manager Haydn Arndt said.
“We have seen both the American League and the National League playoff series go down to seven games, and I expect the World Series to be just as thrilling.
“The schedule is jam packed and the baseball will be coming thick and fast over the next week, so fans are well treated for the 2020 MLB World Series on ESPN.”
2020 World Series Schedule on ESPN
Wednesday October 21
10.30am AEDT, Game One: Tampa Bay Rays vs Los Angeles Dodgers, ESPN
Thursday October 22
11.00am AEDT, Game Two: Tampa Bay Rays vs Los Angeles Dodgers, ESPN
Saturday October 24
11.00am AEDT, Game Three: Los Angeles Dodgers vs Tampa Bay Rays, ESPN
Sunday October 25
11.00am AEDT, Game Four: Los Angeles Dodgers vs Tampa Bay Rays, ESPN
Monday October 26
11.00am AEDT, Game Five*: Los Angeles Dodgers vs Tampa Bay Rays, ESPN2
Wednesday October 28
11.00am AEDT, Game Six*: Tampa Bay Rays vs Los Angeles Dodgers, ESPN
Thursday October 29
11.00am AEDT, Game Seven*: Tampa Bay Rays vs Los Angeles Dodgers, ESPN
*game will be played only if needed
ESPN and ESPN2 are available on Foxtel, Kayo Sports