The MLB Division Series get underway Monday, October 5, 2020, when the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays battle it out in the San Diego bubble. Tampa Bay is considered the home team in this series, but all games will be played at the San Diego Padres stadium. This game will air live on TBS at 8:07 p.m. EST.
Tampa Bay finished the regular season 40-20 and first place in the AL East. The Yankees finished second in the division with a 33-27 record. Tampa Bay won eight of the 10 meetings in the regular season.
The Yankees visited the Cleveland Indians in the AL Wild Card Series and won the series 2-0. New York dominated game one with a 12-3 win and then pulled off an incredible comeback to win game two 10-9. The Yankees trailed 9-8 going into the top half of the ninth inning, in game two, but scored two runs in the top half of the inning to secure the series win.
Tampa Bay hosted the Toronto Blue Jays and easily sent the Jays packing. The Rays win game one 3-1 and game two 8-2 to cruise to the quick two game sweep.
Below is my pick for the New York Yankees vs Tampa Bay Rays. All odds are from BetMGM Sportsbook.
Odds: New York Yankees (-144) vs Tampa Bay Rays (+126)
Pitching Matchup (Playoff Record): Gerrit Cole (1-0, 2.57 ERA, 0.86 WHIP)) vs Blake Snell (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.53 WHIP)
Gerrit Cole took the mound in game one of the American League Wild Card series and shut down the Cleveland Indians. Cole held the Indians to six hits and two earned runs, while striking out 13 batters, in seven innings of work. New York went on to win game one 12-3.
Blake Snell was brilliant in his AL Wild Card start as he held the Toronto Blue Jays to just one hit, and zero earned runs, in 5.2 innings pitched. Snell struck out nine Blue Jays and walked two batters in his 5.2 innings of work. Tampa Bay went on to win his start 3-1.
This is as good of a pitching matchup as you can get in the playoffs.
MLB Predictions: I like the New York Yankees to get the win in game one.
2020 Picks Record: 60-43