Tampa Bay Rays (24-11) at New York Yankees (19-13)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 7:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)
Trevor Richards (0-0) (5.14) vs. Masahiro Tanaka (0-1) (3.48)
The Line: New York Yankees -149 / Tampa Bay Rays +130 --- Over/Under: 9 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees meet Tuesday in MLB action from Yankee Stadium.
This will be the second installment of a three-game series between these American League East rivals this week. In the series opener on Monday, the Rays knocked the Yankees around yet again, jumping out to a 5-0 lead after six innings. Tampa ended up cruising to a 5-3 win to continue their domination over New York this year. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
The Rays had a 3-0 lead after just two innings on Monday, which is impressive considering they were facing the Yankees’ ace. Tampa Bay out-hit New York 11-7 in that victory, helped immensely by a great night from KJ Choi. He went 3-for-3 with three RBI, two runs and a two-run homer in the first inning. Starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow went 6.0 innings with just two hits, no earned, one walk and nine strikeouts.
For the Tuesday starting role, the Rays will send Trevor Richards to the mound. This season, Richards has no decisions over six games (two starts), with a 5.14 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 21.0 innings. On his career in the MLB, Richards is 10-21 with a 4.30 ERA and 273 Ks in 282.2 innings.
Over on the Yankees’ side, they got off to a bad start on Monday when Gerrit Cole coughed up three runs in the first two frames. Cole would eventually give up four earned on eight hits in five innings alongside seven strikeouts, two homers and four walks. DJ LeMahieu was the highlight of an anemic Yankees offense, going 2-for-5 with a run.
In Tuesday’s starting pitcher role, the Yankees will send out veteran right-hander Masahiro Tanaka. This season in five starts and an 0-1 record, Tanaka has a 3.48 ERA with 17 strikeouts in 20.2 innings. On his career in the MLB, Tanaka is 75-44 with a 3.74 ERA and 964 Ks in 1027.0 innings.
The Rays are 6-0 in their last six games as an underdog and 7-0 in their last seven Tuesday games. Tampa Bay is 13-3 in their last 16 road games and 6-0 in the last six in game two of a series.
Meanwhile, the Yankees are 60-19 in their last 79 games as a home favorite and 67-25 in their last 92 home games. New York is 63-27 in their last 90 versus the American League East and 27-13 in the last 40 during game two of a series.
Pick: Going Rays here. Sure, Tanaka was solid in his last start; he went five scoreless innings with three hits and no walks against the Braves. That said, Tanaka was also worn out after 66 pitches and the Yankees were looking for something in the mid-80s. Considering how shaky the New York bullpen has been lately, I don’t trust that group to hold back Tampa Bay’s opportunistic hitters long enough to eke out a win. Especially with the Yankees lineup decimated by injuries and underperformance.