Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees Pick – MLB, August 19, 2020

| August 19, 2020 5:09 am PDT

The Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees opened a three-game series at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night, but the middle contest Wednesday is a real headliner, as we’ll see Tyler Glasnow and Gerrit Cole on the mound.

The Rays entered this series with a 14-9 record, sitting at the second spot of the AL East standings. They were 2.5 games behind the Yankees, who’s won 16 of their first 22 games in 2020.

Wednesday’s showdown between these two AL East foes will be a pure joy to watch. I bring you the best Rays vs. Yankees betting pick along with all important info and the most intriguing betting trends. 

Rays vs. Yankees Odds

Rays +1.5 -115
Yankees -1.5 +100
Rays to Win +157
Yankees to Win -170
Over 8.5 +105
Under 8.5 -125

The Yankees are listed as firm -170 favorites with Bovada.lv sports which was expected considering their starting pitcher in this game.

The totals have been set at 8.5 runs, but Gerrit Cole’s appearance brings you +105 odds on the over.

Rays vs. Yankees Preview

Gerrit Cole has been impressive in the Yankees’ uniform so far. The three-time All-Star is 4-0 with a 2.76 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP in five starts this abbreviated season. Last week, Cole pitched seven innings in a 10-3 thrashing of the Red Sox, yielding four hits and a run while striking out eight.

Now, Gerrit is searching for his first win over the Rays. The righty is 0-2 with a 3.86 ERA in five starts against Tampa Bay.

Tyler Glasnow will get the ball for the Rays, and the right-hander is still looking for his first win of the season. He’s 0-1 in four starts, tallying a poor 7.04 ERA and a 1.76 WHIP.

Glasnow pitched four innings in a no-decision against the Red Sox last time out. He yielded five earned runs in four innings of work while striking out eight, and he also allowed eight hits, five of them doubles.

Tyler is 0-2 with a 5.68 ERA and a 1.89 WHIP in three starts against the Yankees in his career.

The Yankees are scoring 5.68 runs per game this season, and only the Dodgers are more efficient than the Bombers. The Rays are sixth in the majors with 5.26 runs per contest.

Tampa Bay has won three of its four meetings with the Yankees this term excluding the opening game of this series. Still, the Yankees are 10-8 over their last 18 encounters with the Rays.

Rays vs. Yankees Pick

Tyler Glasnow has had a lot of problems with ball control thus far, and that will be a massive issue against the Yankees’ offense. On the other side, Gerrit Cole has a chance to tally his first win over the Rays, and I think he won’t blow it.

The Rays’ bats are enjoying a solid season, but the Yankees’ offense is undoubtedly one of the best in the MLB. Give me the Yankees at money line odds.

  • Yankees to Win
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