The Los Angeles Dodgers are World Series champions. Los Angeles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 in Game 6 to win the title. Here are our six main takeaways from the title-clinching victory:

Finally, the Dodgers got it done

It’s been 32 years, but it surely felt a lot longer to Dodgers fans (and especially for Dodgers fans that haven’t experienced one at all). The Dodgers have been knocking on the door year after year. Eight straight division titles. 12 playoff appearances since 2004. Three NL pennants since 2017. They’ve been the NL’s most dominant franchise in the 21st century, but didn’t have the one thing that ultimately mattered during the run: a championship ring. Now they do.

Frankly, there’s been a lot of bad luck involved. It would’ve been particularly gut-wrenching to not come away with a title this time, when they were a full-on juggernaut, and clearly the best team in baseball.

Nobody knows more than the Dodgers how random and difficult things can get in October, regardless of talent level. But the best team definitely won this time. And they will be one the title favorites for many years to come, with a loaded roster and still-young core (and great farm system), and the NL’s best resources. It would be surprising if they have to wait another 32 years for their next title.

Justin Turner removed from the game due to positive COVID-19 test

In the eighth inning, Justin Turner was removed from the game, and it turns out it was due to a COVID-19 test. The details are still coming out (and we keep updating our article about it), but it appears that Turner tested positive twice, with the results of the first test (which took place on Monday) being learned in the second inning of Game 6. Turner then took a second test, which also came back positive.

Despite this, Turner then joined the Dodgers on the field for a team photo, and without his mask on. Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that Turner was told to not go onto the field, but he and the Dodgers “insisted upon” it.

So, we’re left with many more questions than answers here, and there’s sure to be more coming on this story.

Kevin Cash’s decision will be criticized for a long time

In the bottom of the sixth with the Rays leading 1-0, Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash chose to remove starting pitcher Blake Snell from the game after Snell allowed a single with one out. Snell had been cruising at 73 pitches, with only one other hit allowed, zero walks, and nine strikeouts. But Cash chose to bring in relief pitcher Nick Anderson.

The decision *did not* work out. Anderson quickly allowed two runs, and that would end up being the difference on the scoreboard.

The Rays have been aggressive with their pen usage all year, and have had analytics-driven decisions with great success. But in this particular instance, Cash should’ve probably kept in his lefty for at least the rest of the inning, and it’s not like there was another start to save Snell for.

We’ll never know, but it’s very possible that there would’ve been a Game 7 had Cash just stuck with his ace. What we *do* know for sure is that this decision will be debated (and mostly criticized) for a long time.

Mookie Betts showed why he’s arguably the second-best player on the planet

Well, the Mookie Betts trade certainly worked out for the Dodgers, and you can understand why they signed him to a $365 million extension. Betts put his remarkable all-around skills on display all postseason, and capped it off with a big World Series-clinching night.

Betts hit a double in the sixth before using his tremendous baserunning to score the go ahead-run, and then hit a home run to give the Dodgers the 3-1 lead in the eighth.

Let’s not forget what Randy Arozarena did

The Rays may have ultimately come up short, but it certainly wasn’t Randy Arozarena’s fault. Arozarena added to his MLB postseason record with home run No. 10 to open the scoring in Game 6.

An absolutely unbelievable playoff run from the rookie, and it will be fun to follow his future. At the very least, he’s already locked up one of the greatest postseasons in MLB history.

Corey Seager is the World Series MVP

Corey Seager took home the World Series MVP honors, and deservedly so. The 26-year-old shortstop put together a 1.256 OPS in the World Series, with two home runs, eight hits, and seven runs. This comes after he also won the NLCS MVP. And he’s the first shortstop to win World Series MVP since Edgar Renteria did so in 2010.

Seager finished the postseason with a .328/.425/.746 slash line with eight home runs and 50 total bases — to go with 11 walks and 12 strikeouts — over 18 games.

About Matt Clapp

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