Yankees vs Rays Picks and Odds

Gerrit Cole delivering pitch

Gerrit Cole will seek his 20th successive victory when the New York Yankees take on the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday in the opening game of a doubleheader. Photo by: @ESPNStatsInfo (Twitter.com).

  • Gerrit Cole will seek his 20th straight victory as he takes the mound for the New York Yankees against the Tampa Bay Rays in the opener of a Saturday twinbill
  • Cole’s winning streak stretches back to May 27, 2019
  • All of the odds and predictions on the outcome of this AL East showdown follow in the story below

Gerrit Cole is pitching today for the New York Yankees.

When things look bleak, as they come off their first shutout loss of the season handed them Friday by the Tampa Bay Rays, there can be no more soothing words for a Yankees bettor to hear than that above sentence.

Three games into his career in pinstripes, Cole is the ace the Bronx Bombers thought he would be when they paid him $324 millon on a nine-year deal agreed to during the offseason.

So far as a Yankee, Cole is 3-0 with a 2.55 earned-run average and 16 strikeouts.

No wonder then that New York is the  -143 favorite in the Rays vs Yankees odds.

New York Yankees vs Tampa Bay Rays August 8 Odds

Team Moneyline Runline Total Odds at FanDuel
New York Yankees -164 -1.5 (+132) O 6.0 (+104)
Tampa Bay Rays +142 +1.5 (-156) U 6.0 (-128)

Odds taken Aug. 8

Cole will be looking for his 20th successive regular-season victory on Saturday. He suffered his last loss via a 9-4 setback issued him by the Chicago White Sox on May 22, 2019.

Cole Fire

Since beating the White Sox on May 27, 2019, Cole is 19-0 with a 1.86 ERA in 25 regular-season starts. That’s the sixth-longest unbeaten streak by a pitcher in MLB history.

He’s struck out 242 batters during this winning streak. When he finally takes a loss – assuming he will, eventually – Cole will have set a new MLB standard for the most strikeouts recorded between defeats.

Rays Career Stats vs Cole

Willy Adames 10 0 0 .000
Mike Brosseau 0 0 0 .000
Ji-Man Cho 5 1 4 .600
Yandy Diaz 3 1 1 .667
Kevin Kiermaier 6 0 0 .167
Brandon Lowe 0 0 0 .000
Jose Martinez 8 0 0 .375
Austin Meadows 6 0 0 .000
Michael Perez 0 0 0 .000
Hunter Renfroe 9 0 0 .111
Kevan Smith 0 0 0 .000
Yoshi Tsutsugo 0 0 0 .000
Joey Wendle 7 0 3 .429
Mike Zunino 16 0 1 .125

Coming off a game in which they failed to score, it will also be comforting to the Yankees to know that they’ve backed Cole up with offense. The Bronx Bombers have scored 19 runs in his three starts and never fewer than four in any one game with Cole on the hill.

Friday’s loss marked the end of the season-opening 12-game home run streak of the Yankees.

Does Glasnow The Way?

Rays starter Tyler Glasnow has put up decent numbers, even though he’s without a decision so far this season. Glasnow has fanned 14 in just 8.2 innings and posted a 3.21 ERA.

Going back to last season he’s made six straight starts without figuring in the outcome. In fact, Glasnow hasn’t won since May 3 of last year. That was 24 days before Cole launched his unbeaten run.

Yankees Career Stats vs Glasnow

Mike Ford 0 0 0 .000
Brett Gardner 4 0 0 .000
Aaron Hicks 0 0 0 .000
Kyle Higashioka 0 0 0 .000
Aaron Judge 3 0 0 .333
DJ LeMahieu 4 0 0 .000
Gary Sanchez 3 0 0 .667
Ginacarlo Stanton 3 1 2 .333
Mike Tauchman 1 0 0 .000
Gleyber Torres 3 0 1 .3333
Gio Urshela 2 0 0 .000
Luke Voit 2 0 0 .000
Tyler Wade 0 0 0 .000

The Rays have scored only three runs in Glasnow’s two starts this season. Overall, after a 4-1 start the Rays have lost six of eight.

Rays Of Hope

Is Tampa Bay kryptonite to the Yanks? There is evidence to support this theory. Not only did the Rays blank the juggernaut that is New York’s offense, it was the second straight game in which Tampa Bay has shutout the Yankees.

Tampa Bay has won three straight from New York and owns a 6-4 edge over the past 10 games. At Tropicana Field, the Rays have posted five successive wins over the Bronx Bombers, checking the Yanks on one run or fewer in four of those games.

Likewise, Cole is 0-2 with two no decisions in four career regular-season starts against Tampa Bay. He is 2-0 against the Rays in the postseason, though. Cole beat Tampa Bay twice in last year’s ALDS, including a victory over Glasnow in the decisive fifth game.

However, all good things must come to an end. Is the Trop where Cole finally gets topped?

It’s worth the price to make that play.

Pick: Tampa Bay Rays Moneyline (+142).

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Robert Duff