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

by Big Al Staff

The Tuesday sports card begins with matches in the UEFA Champions League Group Stage in the afternoon, before Game 6 of the MLB World Series in the evening.

Los Angeles took a 3-2 lead in the World Series on Sunday with their 4-2 victory over Tampa Bay. The Dodgers scored two runs in the top of the 1st inning before adding a third run in the top of the second inning. The Rays rallied for two runs in the bottom of the third inning, yet it was an inning later that proved to be the pivotal moment of the game. With Manuel Margot on third base with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning, he attempted to steal home, but he failed to get his hand from his head-first slide beneath catcher Austin Barnes’ tag. Tampa Bay would not score the rest of the game.

Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts has named Tony Gonsolin his starting pitcher for Game 6. The right-hander started Game 2 of the World Series last Wednesday, where he allowed a run in just 1 1/3 innings. Roberts planned for Gonsolin to only serve as an opener in that game, but he has stated that he hopes that he will get five or six innings out of the 26-year-old this time around before going to his bullpen. Kershaw pitched 5 2/3 innings in Game 5 before getting pulled by Roberts. Gonsolin has allowed eight runs in 7 2/3 innings in the 2020 playoffs for a 9.39 ERA along with a 1.70 WHIP. In his nine games in the regular season, which included eight starts, Gonsolin had a 2-2 record with a 2.31 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP.

Manager Kevin Cash turns to Blake Snell to extend the Rays’ season for one final game. The left-hander pitched 4 2/3 innings last Wednesday in Game 2, where he allowed two runs while striking out nine Dodger hitters. Tampa Bay went on to win that game by a 6-4 score. Snell has a 2-2 record in the playoffs this season with a 3.33 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP across 24 1/3 innings. In his eleven regular-season starts, Snell had a 4-2 record with a 3.24 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. The Rays got five innings out of Tyler Glasnow on Sunday before relying on their bullpen for the final four innings.

Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, is the neutral site that hosts this World Series with the Dodgers the designated home team for Game 6 and a potential Game 7. Fox broadcasts the game with the first pitch scheduled for 8:08 PM ET. BetAnySports lists Los Angeles as a -133 moneyline favorite with the total set at 8.5. If Tampa Bay wins this game, then the Game 7 pitching matchup will likely be Charlie Morton versus Walker Buehler. 

The Group Stage of the UEFA Champions League continues with eight matches beginning at 1:55 PM ET. Bayern Munich travels to play Lokomotiv Moscow in that opening window of two games. Liverpool, Manchester City, and Real Madrid are three of the teams involved in the 4 PM ET matches. 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 4 PM ET games.

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