Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees Game 1 - 8/8/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees Game 1 - 8/8/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

New York Yankees (9-3) at Tampa Bay Rays (5-7)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 2:10 pm (Tropicana Field)

Gerrit Cole (3-0) (2.55) vs. Tyler Glasnow (0-0) (3.12)

The Line: Tampa Bay Rays +145 / New York Yankees -155 --- Over/Under: 6 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays meet Saturday in MLB action from Tropicana Field. 

This will be the first game of a Saturday doubleheader, and game two in the four-game weekend series between these American League East Teams. In the set opener on Friday evening, the Rays managed a tense 1-0 victory with a high defensive game. Check back all season long for free MLB Picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place. 

The Yankees couldn’t plate a run on Friday, posting a 2-2 tie on hits for the game. DJ LeMahieu  (1-for-3) and Mike Tauchman (1-for-3) had the only knocks, and the New York offense couldn’t get much going overall. Starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka went 5.0 innings with one hit and five strikeouts. 

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For the Saturday game one matchup, the Yankees will send out Gerrit Cole in the start. Last season, Cole went 20-5 with a 2.50 ERA and 326 strikeouts in 212.1 innings of work. So far this season, Cole is 3-0 with a 2.55 ERA and 16 Ks in 17.2 innings total. 

Over on the Rays’ side, they were pretty opportunistic on Friday. Tampa Bay was able to take down the Yankees with a great defensive performance in game one. Blake Snell went 3.0 innings with two walks and five strikeouts. 

In the Saturday game one starting pitching role, Tampa Bay will go with Tyler Glasnow. In 2019, Glasnow went 6-1 with a 1.76 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 60.2 innings pitched. So far in 2020, Glasnow is 0-0 with a 3.12 ERA  and 14 strikeouts. 

The Yankees are 4-1 in the last five games as a road favorite and 6-2 in their last eight games versus a right-handed starter. New York is 8-3 in their last 11 games overall and 66-27 in their last 93 games as a favorite. 

Meanwhile, the Rays are 57-23 in their last 80 home games versus a right-handed starter and 37-16 in their last 53 games overall versus a right-handed starter. Tampa Bay is 2-6 in their last eight games overall and 1-6 in their last seven games after allowing two runs or less in their previous game. 

Pick: I’m going to stick with the Yankees. Most of the confidence here comes from Cole being in the starting role for New York. He’s won each of his three starts and has a pretty jaw-dropping streak going. Since last May 22 (with Houston), Cole is 19-0 with a 1.86 ERA in 25 regular season starts. That’s the sixth-longest unbeaten streak in MLB history, and if Cole can keep it going and set the table here, the Yankees will be in a great spot to get a win. 

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Andrew’s Pick New York Yankees -155

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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