Game three of the American League Division Series between the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees is set for Wednesday, October 7, 2020, at Petco Park in San Diego. This series is tied up at one game a piece with the Yankees set to become the “home” team. This game will air live on TBS at 7:10 p.m. EST.
With two games completed, the New York Yankees are now -128 favorites to advance to the Championship Series. The Rays can be grabbed at +110 to advance.
If chicks love the long the ball then they are really loving this series as neither team can stop hitting the ball out of Petco Park. Game one saw the Yankees win 9-3 behind the power of four home runs. The Rays hit two home runs in the loss. On Tuesday, in game two, the Rays won 7-5 behind the power of four home runs. New York hit two home runs, both by Giancarlo Stanton, in the loss. 12 home runs through 18 innings is an incredible amount of power.
Below is my pick for the Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees. All odds are from DraftKings Sportsbook.
Tampa Bay Rays (+106) vs New York Yankees (-122)
Pitching Matchup (Playoffs): Charlie Morton (first appearance) vs Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 13.50 ERA, 2.00 WHIP)
Charlie Morton takes the mound in game of the ALDS for his first appearance in the 2020 playoffs. Morton has plenty of postseason experience, over the last three seasons, as he has pitched eight times with a 4-1 record. During the 2020 regular season, Morton made nine starts and went 2-2 with a 4.74 ERA and 1.39 WHIP. Morton faced the Yankees twice this season and held them to three hits and one earned run in just 4.0 combined innings.
Masahiro Tanaka will look to rebound from a poor first playoff start last week. Tanaka took the mound for game two of the AL Wild Card Series and allowed the Cleveland Indians to score six runs, on five hits, in just 4.0 innings. During the regular season, Tanaka faced the Rays three times and gave up a combined 12 hits and eight runs (seven earned) in 15.0 combined innings.
MLB Predictions: I like the New York Yankees to take a 2-1 series lead.
2020 Picks Record: 64-43