Big Al's Daily Angle: UEFA Champions League and MLB Preview

by Big Al Staff

The Wednesday sports card begins with action in the first round of UEFA Champions League Group Stage matches in the afternoon before Game 2 of the MLB World Series takes place in the evening.

Los Angeles won the opening game of the 116th Fall Classic on Tuesday with their 8-3 victory over Tampa Bay. The Dodgers took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning before scoring two more runs in both the 5th and 6th innings. The Rays scored two runs in the top of the seventh to end the scoring. Cody Bellinger and Mookie Betts hit home runs for Los Angeles. Clayton Kershaw earned the win pitching six innings where he allowed only one run on two hits while striking out eight batters. Tyler Glasnow got the loss for Tampa Bay after allowing six runs in 4 1/3 innings of work. The right-hander only allowed three hits, but he issued six bases-on-balls. The game finished over the 7.5 total.

Manager Dave Roberts will delay using starting pitcher Walker Buehler until Game 3 on Friday so that he pitches on full rest after he started Game 6 of the NLCS on Saturday. This decision also allows Buehler to pitch a potential Game 7 on regular rest. Roberts will turn to Tony Gonsolin to start in Game 2. The right-hander is 0-1 in two postseason starts with a 9.95 ERA and a 1.74 WHIP in 6 1/3 innings. Gonsolin had a 2-2 record in the regular season with a 2.31 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP in nine appearances, with eight of them being starts. Dustin May and Julio Urias will likely be available to pitch if Gonsolin gets into trouble early.

Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash has named Blake Snell as his Game 2 pitcher. The left-hander is 0-2 in this postseason in three starts with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP in 14 innings. Snell had a 4-2 record in the regular season with a 3.24 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP in 11 regular season starts.

Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, is the neutral site that hosts this World Series. Los Angeles is the designated home team for Game 2. The traditional 2-3-2 scheduling format has resumed for the World Series after playing games without rest in the previous playoff rounds. Off days are scheduled for Thursday and Sunday.

Fox broadcasts the game with the first pitch scheduled for 8:08 PM ET. BetOnline lists the Dodgers as a -155 moneyline favorite with the total set at 8.

The Group Stage of the UEFA Champions League continues with eight matches beginning at 12:55 PM ET. The two highest-profile matches take place at 3 PM ET with Liverpool playing at Ajax and Bayern Munich hosting Atletico Madrid. All eight games are available on the CBS Sports All-Access package. Alternatively, the CBS Sports Network broadcasts a whip-around show during the six 3 PM ET games. 

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