New York Yankees: American League Division Series Preview

Aaron Judge, New York Yankees. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Aaron Judge, New York Yankees. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

After sweeping the Indians in the Wild Card Series, the New York Yankees now turn their sights to the Rays; a team they were horrible against in 2020.

The New York Yankees got off to a great start in the 2020 Postseason following a 2-0 series sweep of the Cleveland Indians in the Wild Card Series. With that, they will now shift their focus to the Tampa Bay Rays; a team they went 2-8 against this season.

The Rays also swept their opponent in the Wild Card Series after beating the Blue Jays by a combined score of 11-3 over the two games. Unfortunately for the Yankees, Tampa is going to be a tough team to beat as they finished the regular season with the second-best record in the MLB at 40-20, behind only the Dodgers who went 43-17.

The good news for the Yankees is that although they went 2-8 against the Rays this season, many of those games were without a healthy roster. Now, with Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, and others back, the Yankees have a much better chance to put together a couple wins over their divisional opponent.

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However, there might be some hatred in the air this series as the Yankees and Rays got into it on multiple occasions this year which included the suspensions of Aroldis Chapman, Aaron Boone, and Kevin Cash at one point and Cash also threatened the Yankees saying “And the last thing I’ll say on this is I got a whole damn stable full of guys that throw 98 mph. Period.”

That being said, this five-game series might be an interesting one as these two teams clearly don’t like each other. The Yankees haven’t announced their starting pitchers beyond game one when Gerrit Cole will obviously start, but the Rays have announced their starters through game three with Blake Snell, Tyler Glasnow, and Charlie Morton all taking the mound.

The Bronx Bombers definitely have their work cut out for them this series, and this might be one of the hardest fought series’ we will see in any round this postseason.

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