This Friday witnesses an MLB action where two AL East rivals will be caught in a full – on competition. The New York Yankees will play as guests against the Tampa Bay Rays on Rays’ Tropicana Field. This game is taking place at 6:40 P.M. EST and will mark the start of a three-game series.
This Friday game where the two teams would play against one another for the 390th time is surely something to look forward to. Will an ambitious New York Yankees plow their way to victory, or will a determined Tampa Bay Rays deliver a much – needed comeback? Before the destined matchup, this article will offer some previews into the games, all for the excitement.
The records alone can build up the tension for the game, as both teams seem to be in need of a clear win.
New York is in their high-morale mode. They actively played four games against the Phillies this week. The Yankees got it for the game on Monday before splitting the doubleheader on Wednesday. They only fell two a tight 5-4 in the series finale on Thursday.
As for Tampa Bay this week, they seem to be careful with the flow and only got two matchups with the Red Sox which they alternatively splitted, winning the Tuesday game for 5-1 and failing the Wednesday’s for 5-0.
Yankees strives for a glorious streak
The New York Yankees have been in really good shape for this MLB season. Some excited fans even name them the best team so far. Indeed! The New York Yankees definitely is the team with the best seasonal record for now: they are winning 8 out of their first 9 games. Not just that, the Yankees are in for a head start. They already played games ahead of other AL East teams this season. They seem very ready to sprint for the win in this division title race- only within the first few weeks of the season.
There are great reasons for fans to be excited about the Yankees’ performance in this series. Before the matchup with Tampa Bay, New York Yankees have been playing with top team spirit as well as superb efficiency. They are entering this three – game series with the Tampa Bay in the middle of a seven-game win streak. Of course they will deliver their best efforts in order to lengthen the streak with another victory.
They do have plans in their minds. The New York Yankees will be dishing out an ambitious Masahiro Tanaka as their starting pitcher for the game. Motivation is secured as Masahiro Tanaka is having his eyes on his first victory in 2020. So far this season, Tanaka has been in pretty good shape, having a 0-0 record along with an ERA of 3.38. However, he has yet to pitch more than three innings in total so The pitcher’s sample size is inhibitively small, however, as he has only pitched less than three innings in total.
The Yankees also got other things to be confident about: Their offense star Aaron Judge. This star outfielder will be their offense leader – at least promising. Up to this point, Aaron has been looking great as for his .302 BA along with a league-leading seven home runs, added to by a team-high 16 RBIs. For that impressive records, he should be pretty ready to deal some blows on Friday.
Tampa Bay with a Day Off Advantage
The Tampa Bay Rays entered the regular season with high hopes for another postseason play. Despite all that motivation however, the Rays have been best underwhelming so far this 2020 MLB season. They will enter this upcoming game against New York Yankees with a losing record as they tied the Orioles at second place in the AL East. This fact is not helped by the terrible games they deliver lately – Tampa Bay got only one win for its last seven matches!
However, all of their losing records will be exactly why they will fight with burning spirit for a home victory this Friday! They have something up their sleeves for fans to base their hopes on: stamina. What they do have in advantage against the Yankees is the fact that the team got a chance to unwind – They did have a day off yesterday. This can be vital for them to reshape and best prepare for the upcoming game. A well rested Rays will be thirsty for this home victory this Friday.
The Tampa Bay Rays will be giving the nod to Blake Snell as their starter for this game which is quite a suitable pick looking at his results. So far this season, Snell has been looking Ok with a 0-0 record and a 5.40 ERA. He should be quite fired up to bring these figures at least back to his career averages, so one worry for the Yankees.
Tampa Bay’s offense will be led by their second baseman Brandon Lowe who till this point has a .302 BA along with nice figures of two home runs and nine RBIs. Prior to this matchup, Brandon is having a three – game hitstreak. Therefore, the thirst for some clean strikes will get very real in this coming showdown.
New York Yankees:
- 4w-0l record in their last four games on Friday
- 21w-7l in their last 28 road matches against a left-handed starting pitcher .
- 66-26 in their last 92 games as a favorite
- 55-23 in their last 78 games against teams with a losing record.
Tampa Bay Rays:
- 11w-4l in their last 15 in first series games
- 35w-16l in their last 51 home games
- 56w-23l in their last 79 home games versus a right-handed starter 23-6 in their last 29 games on turf.
Predictions: New York Yankees over Tampa Bay Rays
Tampa Bay has definitely been a solid home team for the last few seasons but this year, it has been very underwhelming. It enters the game with a losing record. Meanwhile, the Yankees is the team with the best records in the entire league. Moreover, in their past matchups, the Yankees exerted quite some dominance over the Rays in recent years. Plus, the Yankees, due to their much better lineups, should be able to fare better in this full – on fight of the two AL East rivals . The game on Friday is therefore expected to be won by the New York Yankees as they overpower an under-performing Tampa Bay Rays.