An MLB Game Day Preview between the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays – Petco Park, San Diego, CA.
When: October 6, 2020 (8:07 PM EST = Estimated 1st Pitch)
Where: Petco Park – San Diego, CA
Pitching Matchup: Gerrit Cole vs Blake Snell
Money Line: Tampa Bay Rays +120
OVER / UNDER Game Total: 7.5 Runs
New York Yankees
Last 10: 4-6
Tampa Bay Rays
Last 10: 8-2
NY Yankees Vs TB Rays Game Day Preview
The hatred the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays share for each other is hardly a secret. Both teams had some hostile moments in the regular season but as we make the turn towards 2020 MLB Divisional Playoffs, the stakes are much higher.
The Yankees and Rays meet in the postseason for the first time when the American League East rivals open the best-of-five AL Division Series in San Diego tomorrow.
New York Yankees
The Yankees completed a sweep in Cleveland vs the Indians. The team was able to follow up a 12-3 win with a 10-9 victory Wednesday when they rallied from four runs down and got a tiebreaking single from DJ LeMahieu in the ninth. With the sweep, the team was able to quickly start focusing on the Tampa Bay Rays game 1 starter Blake Snell.
The Yankees opponent in this Series had a better regular-season record than them. They conducted themselves with a swagger equal to that of their 40-20 record. When the teams met during the main body of the season, the Rays clearly established themselves as the better team. However this is different… this is the playoffs and for those locking in on the Rays, do so with caution.
2017 was not that long ago and was a year that saw the Cleveland Indians WIN 102 regular season games. Then met the Yankees in the Divisional playoffs and took a decisive 2-0 lead in the series. They were clearly the better team! Until… they weren’t!
“They won the division,” Stanton said. “They’ve got that. Now’s there’s an opportunity to let them just have the division. The full bragging rights chance is here.”
Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays attained the top seed by posting the league’s best record and winning the division by seven games over the Yankees, whom they openly expressed pleasure in beating. Tampa Bay claimed its third division title by winning 8 of 10 meetings with New York. The Yankees were outscored 47-34 over the course of these games.
In the 1st round of the best of 3 MLB Playoffs – The Rays dominated the eighth-seeded Toronto Blue Jays. They closed out the series with an 8-2 win on Wednesday when Hunter Renfroe and Mike Zunino homered. Tampa Bay beat Toronto without Austin Meadows, who has been on the injured list since Sept. 18 with a strained left oblique, but the outfielder is expected to return for the ALDS.
When looking towards the series against the Yankees, outfielder Kevin Kiermaier said “Winning is that much sweeter trying to beat those guys”.
MLB 2020 ALDS Yankees Vs Rays Trends & Fantasy Baseball Picks
- Yankees are 13-3 in their last 16 playoff games as a favorite.
- Over is 5-1 in Yankees last 6 playoff games as a favorite.
- Rays are 4-0 in their last 4 after scoring 5 runs or more in their previous game.
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StatementGames Fantasy Baseball Picks
- OVER 7.5 Runs
- Blake Snell OVER 2.5 Earned Runs
- Gerrit Cole OVER 2.5 Earned Runs