The New York Yankees took game one against the Rays by a final score of 9-3, thanks to several home runs, but can they go up 2-0 in the series?
New York Yankees @ Tampa Bay Rays
Deivi Garcia @ Tyler Glasnow
Tuesday, October 6th, 8:10 pm
The New York Yankees‘ bats were on fire on Monday night as they wracked up an impressive 15 hits with four of them being home runs, including a Giancarlo Stanton grand slam in the ninth. Not only were the bats on fire, but so was Gerrit Cole as he went six innings strong allowing only six hits and three earned runs while striking out eight.
Now, it will be Deivi Garcia who takes the mound in San Diego against Tampa Bay’s Tyler Glasnow. Garcia had six starts in 2020, going 3-2 over those six games with a 4.98 ERA in 34.1 innings with 33 strikeouts and a 1.194 WHIP, while Glasnow had 11 starts with a 5-1 record and a 4.08 ERA in 57.1 innings, with 91 strikeouts and a 1.134 WHIP.
Tuesday will be Garcia’s first appearance against the Rays, while Glasnow will make his fourth start against the Yankees this season. In his three starts against the Yankees so far this season, Glasnow has a 1-1 record while going a combined 14.1 innings with nine hits, six earned runs, 22 strikeouts, and seven walks.
For the Yankees, they hope Glasnow will look like he did on August 8th against the Bronx Bombers, when he was pulled only 2.2 innings into the game after allowing five hits, four earned runs, and three walks.
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Unfortunately for the Yankees, Glasnow has gone a combined 11 innings while allowing only seven hits and three earned runs with 18 total strikeouts over his last two starts, and Garcia’s last two starts haven’t exactly been ideal as he went a combined 9.2 innings with 15 hits and 10 earned runs, and nine strikeouts.
The good news for the Yankees is their bats were on fire in the first game of the series as they collected 15 hits, and nine runs, as six of those hits and four of those runs came against the Rays’ ace.
Prediction: Rays win 6-5
In the second game of the ALDS, I see the Rays tying the series up thanks to the pitching of Tyler Glasnow outshining that of Deivi Garcia’s. Game two will likely be a bit more difficult for the Yankees to win as Garcia clearly is not as talented as Gerrit Cole.
Luckily for Garcia, he’s got one of the MLB’s best lineups behind him as it is the same team that just collected nine runs against the Rays in game one.
Whether they can do that two nights in a row is a question that will be answered on Tuesday night, but unfortunately for the Yankees and their fans, I don’t see that happening and I think the Rays will even up the series at one game a piece.