The New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays will play in an ALDS deciding Game 5 on Thursday night. The winner will advance to take on the Houston Astros in the ALCS. The loser will have to prepare on improving their roster not to come up short again next year.
With their season on the line, the Yankees answered the call and came away with a 5-1 win on Wednesday night.
Including the regular season, the Rays have won 10 out of the 14 head-to-head meetings this year.
Yankees one game away from seeking revenge against AstrosThe Yankees put together by far their best team pitching performance of the playoffs on Wednesday, holding the Rays to just three hits and one run. After Jordan Montgomery allowed one run through four innings, Chad Green, Zack Britton, and Aroldis Chapman combined for five scoreless innings of relief. Gleyber Torress led the Yankees offense with a 2 for 3 night, a home run, two RBI, and two runs scored.
In the 2020 postseason, New York is averaging 7.5 runs per game and has hit 16 home runs with a .284 team batting averaging Giancarlo Stanton leads all of baseball with six playoff home runs and 13 RBI.
There is little doubt that New York will start Gerrit Cole in Game 5. Cole was 7-3 with a 2.84 ERA and 0.96 WHIP during the regular season, and he allowed six hits and three earned runs on Monday in the Yankees 9-3 win against the Rays. During the regular season, Cole was 0-1 in three starts against Tampa Bay with a 4.96 ERA.
All hands on deck in Game 5Blake Snell will either start or be highly involved in Game 5. The 27-year old native of Seattle, Washington, was 4-2 with a 3.24 ERA and 1.20 WHIP on the season. Against the Yankees, he was 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA in two regular season starts. On Monday, Snell did not have the same success, allowing four earned runs and three homers in five innings in Tampa's 9-3 loss.
In Game 4, the Rays struggled to score with their only run coming in the third inning on a fielder's choice groundout.
The Rays are averaging five runs per playoff game and have hit 12 home runs while batting .234. Randy Arozarena has led the way batting .500 with three homers.
- Rays are 14-2 in their last 16 games following a loss.
- Rays are 5-0 in their last 5 Friday games.
- Yankees are 3-7 against the runline in their last 10 games against the Rays