Free American League Divisional Round Pick: Yankees vs Rays Odds
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ALDS Game 5 of 5
(2-2) New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays (2-2)
Date: Friday, October 9, 2020
Time: 7:10PM ET
Venue: Petco Park, San Diego, CA.
Projected Pitchers: Cole (NY), Glasnow (TB)
MLB Moneyline Odds: NY -150 // TB +130
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: NY +110 // TB -130
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 7.5 (Under -120)
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New York opened a favorite in Game 1 of LDS with Gerrit Cole on the mound, despite finishing seven games back of Tampa Bay in the regular year.
Oddsmaker figured on Cole starting a potential Game 5 and made the Yankees the series favorites, too.
Well, Cole won Game 1; the Rays went on to win two of the next three; and the aforementioned ace returns to the mound for a winner-take-all Game 5 as a strong favorite against a former teammate.
New York Yankees
Cole went six strong in the series-opener on Monday but did not exactly have his way with Tampa Bay, which scratched across six hits, two bases on balls and two runs.
Still, Cole whiffed eight batters, which is actually below his average of just less than 9.5 strikeouts per postseason start, in nine starts, dating back to 2018, when he was pitching for Houston.
He intentionally walked Rays’ first baseman Ji-Man Choi the final time he faced him on Monday after Choi took him deep for one of Tampa Bay’s three runs in Game 1.
Including the postseason, Choi is ten-for-nineteen (.526) in his career against Cole with three home runs.
Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays’ rookie left fielder, Randy Arozarena, had three hits himself against Cole, including a solo homer. He has hit in front of Choi in each game of the series.
Tyler Glasnow will oppose Cole as Tampa Bay’s starting pitcher in this one. Like Cole, he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011 and the two spent parts of two seasons together as teammates in Pittsburgh.
While Cole comes into Friday’s start with three full days of rest between his last time on the mound, Glasnow will have just two.
He started Tuesday’s Game 2, which he won by holding New York to three hits, three walks and four runs in five innings. He struck out ten batters and got seven runs of support from the offense.
He threw ninety-three pitches, however, and Tampa Bay’s manager, Kevin Cash, will have a short leash with Blake Snell, who opposed Cole in Game 1, available out of the bullpen.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- NYY are 6-2 in Coles last 8 road starts.
- Under is 7-2 in TB last 9 games as an underdog.
- TB are 41-12 in their last 53 home games.
- TB are 22-8 in their last 30 games on grass.
- Head to Head: NYY are 2-8 in the last 10 meetings in Tampa Bay.
- Head to Head: NYY are 4-12 in the last 16 meetings.
Free New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Prediction: play the favorite.
Despite Tampa Bay’s regular season success, the AL Championship Series will look just like it did last season and in 2017: with the New York Yankees facing the Houston Astros.
Cole has just that much of an advantage over whoever Tampa Bay throws against him, even if it’s a Glasnow-Snell piggyback.
At -150, the price on Cole isn’t cheap but it is affordable and worth a small play on Friday night.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: New York -150
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