BIG AL's RED-HOT MLB TOTAL OF THE WEEK; 112-69 RUN
New York Yankees (35-27) at Tampa Bay Rays (42-20)
Monday, October 05, 2020 at 8:07 pm
At 8:05 pm, our selection is on the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays 'under' the total. The Wild Card round is over and now we move on to the Division Series which will be a best-of-five format. They say timing is everything and certainly the Yankees are proving that. In the regular season, the offense for New York's AL squad could barely hit the broad side of a barn, batting just .247. But in their two games in the first round -- in which they made quick work of the Indians -- the Yanks batted .307 with a 1.06 OPS, the best such offensive numbers for any of the 16 MLB teams. Now the question is -- can they keep that up? They likely don't need to bat .307 tonight with their RH ace Gerrit Cole going to the mound. Cole pitched the first game in the Cleveland series, and with a 3-of-5 format the Yanks might get to use him twice in this one and that could be huge for them. He is a post-season machine, going 7-4 with a 2.60 ERA in 11 career playoff starts. And he's be pitching with an extra day of rest tonight. Likewise, Rays southpaw Blake Snell will be pitching with extra rest following his 5 2-3 scoreless innings in last week's 3-1 win over Toronto. In Snell's last three starts, he's given up just 4 runs in 16 2-3 innings (2.16 ERA; 0.90 WHIP), and all three of those games went 'under' the total. Even better: 27 of the last 46 meetings between the Yankees + Rays have gone 'under,' and I look for a relatively-low scoring game tonight. Take the 'under.' As always, good luck...Al McMordie.