The Dodgers and Rays are ready to kick off the World Series tonight in Arlington, Texas. The two teams will go head-to-head for the next week until someone walks about a world champion for this odd season.
But before the baseball world can crown a champion, 4 wins need to happen first. And part of securing those 4 wins involves the effectiveness of umpires behind the plate. The Dodgers had some unfortunate luck with umpiring in the NLCS, especially the last game. But in the World Series, it will be an entirely new crew.
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Unfortunately, it’s not all good news. While the World Series will feature some of the most accurate umpires in baseball, it will also feature a few duds. The Dodgers and Rays will have to navigate around the number 33, 38, 43, and 63rd umpires ranked via accuracy. Mind you, that’s only out of the 63 umpires that called a minimum of 10 games last year.
For Game 1, Clayton Kershaw will have to deal with Laz Diaz calling balls and strikes. Diaz ranked as the 38th most accurate on the list of umpires. Diaz also ranks as a more batter-friendly umpire, not ideal for Kershaw and the Dodgers.
In Games 2 and 3, they will get Todd Tichenor and Bill Miller. Tichenor ranks as the least accurate among the entire crew at number 63, while Miller has been much better at 5th. The Dodgers could be in for an interesting first 2 games with Diaz and Tichenor.
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