We have an American League Divisional Series to consider for Monday evening when the New York Yankees meet the Tampa Bay Rays for game one of their best of five series. The Rays dominated their regular-season series 8-2 but the Yankees were missing some key bats for most of those victories. Will Tampa Bay continue its dominance over New York or will the Yankees figure things out and turn the tables on the Rays?
This game will be played at PETCO Park in San Diego, California.
Yankees Sweep Indians in Wild Card SeriesNew York swept the Cleveland Indians in their Wild Card Series and now faces a Rays team that beat them eight out of ten times this season. The Yankees finished second in the American League East with a record of 33-27. Infielder Luke Voit led the Yankees during the regular season with 22 dingers with a team-high 52 RBI this season.
The Yankees aren’t reporting any injuries for this series.
Gerrit Cole (7-3, 2.84) is the Yankees probable starting pitcher for Monday and over 73 innings pitched allowed 53 hits with 23 earned runs, 14 home runs, and 17 walks. Cole pitched brilliantly against the Indians, allowing six hits and a bomb with two earned runs and 13 strikeouts for a solid win over Cleveland. Cole struck out 94 hitters during the regular season and is up against a Rays offense with a 26 percent strikeout rate and .176 ISO over 1669 plate appearances against right-handed pitching this season.
Rays Sweep Blue Jays in Wild Card SeriesTampa Bay swept the Toronto Blue Jays in their Wild Card Series and now face a Yankees team they’ve beaten eight of the last ten times they played each other. The Rays won the American League East and finished the regular season with a record of 40-20. Infielder Brandon Lowe leads Tampa Bay with 14 bombs with a team-leading 37 RBI during the regular season.
Outfielder Austin Meadows is listed as day to day for this series.
Lefty Blake Snell (4-2, 3.24) is the Rays probable starter for this contest, and over 50 innings pitched allowed 42 hits with 18 earned runs, ten bombs, and 18 walks. Snell scattered just one hit over 5.1 innings pitched with two walks and nine strikeouts in his Wild Card victory over Toronto. Snell has struck out 63 and is up against a Yankees team with a 23 percent strikeout rate and .175 ISO over 513 plate appearances this season.