Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees Predictions, Odds & Picks (August 31)

Tampa Bay Rays vs Yankees

  • Time for Gerrit Cole to start a new streak
  • Rays seek to continue the domination of Yankees
  • Are Yankees back on track?

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Rays vs Yankees Odds

Team Run Spread Total Money Line
Tampa Bay Rays +1.5 -176 O 9.5 -110 +105
New York Yankees -1.5 +145 U 9.5 -110 -115


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Rays vs Yankees Predictions and Picks

We find ourselves between a rock and a hard spot. We either have to bet against Gerrit Cole, who has lost just one game in his last 28 starts, or against the Rays who are 18-3 the past three weeks. Unless we take a total! The Yankees offense is banged up and the Rays will have to work for every single base runner they can get against Cole, who is due for a vintage performance. We like the under in this one.


Under 9.5 -110

Betting record through 8/30/20 (21-16-1)


Rays are 5-0 in last five games as an underdog

Rays are 5-0 in last five road games vs. team with a winning record

Rays are 6-0 in last six road games vs. right-handed starter

Rays are 11-1 in last 12 road games

Rays are 28-8 in last 36 Monday games

Under is 4-1 in Rays last five games

Under is 3-1-1 in Rays last five games vs. AL East

Yankees are 3-7 straight up in their last 10 games

Yankees are 60-18 in last 78 games as home favorite

Yankees are 63-26 in last 89 games vs. AL East

Under is 6-2 in Yankees last eight games as a favorite

Over is 5-1 in Yankees last six games vs. team with a win percentage above .600

How to Watch Rays vs Yankees

Tampa Bay vs New York Information
What Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees
Where Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
When Monday, August 31, 2020, 7:05 PM EST
How to Watch Fox Sports Sun, YES Network

Can Gerrit Cole Start up a New Winning Streak?

All good things must come to an end. Well, that’s what they say, but it’s a shame that it’s true. Gerrit Cole’s 20-game winning streak ended in Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday.

Cole, who hadn’t picked up a loss since May 27, 2019, had a stretch dating back 28 games, tied for the second-longest in MLB history. Cole was 20-0 with a 1.97 ERA during that span before falling 5-1 to Atlanta, going five innings, giving up five hits, and two walks for five total runs including three bombs. He also struck out nine.

Still, even with the loss, Cole has been nothing short of great this year. Cole has a 3.51 ERA and 0.95 WHIP to go with his 4-1 record.

Rays Running Wild Over Yankees

Before the Yankees bounced back on Sunday, they’d been slumping big time and that started when they played the Rays. The Yankees had lost seven games in a row, with four postponed in the middle of that losing streak, so they’d gone nearly two weeks without a victory prior to this weekend.

That started when the Rays swept them in the Bronx earlier this month, as Tampa outscored New York 20-10. The Rays took the four-game set 3-1 when the two sides played in Florida earlier in the month, giving them a 6-1 record against the Bronx Bombers this season.

Tampa, meanwhile, has been on absolute fire no matter who it’s playing. The Rays are a red-hot 19-4 (!) dating back to their first meeting with New York on Aug. 7 and 18-3 in their last 21.

They’ve done it with a combination of timely hitting and deep pitching. Despite getting just three quality starts through 35 games – which is tied for 27th in the MLB – the Rays have a 3.62 team ERA, which is fourth-best in baseball, a 1.26 WHIP (ninth), and .243 batting average against (13th).

Offensively, their 171 runs scored ranks fourth while their .334 on-base percentage is seventh-best in baseball.

Did Sunday Change the Entire Yankees Season?

In a word, yes. The Yankees were in a full-on nose dive the past two weeks, going 1-7 prior to Sunday. They were already without Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, Giancarlo Snaton, James Paxton, Zack Britton, and Kyle Higashioka and can’t buy a win.

Things looked even worse when they trailed the Mets 7-2 going into the seventh inning (the final inning) of game one of the double-header. After the first runner reached on an error, the next two men got out. But a walk, hit by pitch, single and wild pitch set the stage for Aaron Hicks, who blasted a two-run home run with two outs in the ninth to tie the game, 7-7.

Gio Urshela, who missed the first game of Friday’s doubleheader with a bone spur, hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the eighth.

Game two of the double-header went to extra innings and this might have been an even bigger development. Gary Sanchez, who is hitting .134 and hasn’t had a multi-hit game all season, blasted the eventual game-winning grand slam in the top of the eighth.

The Yankees could have lost both games and dropped to 17-15 but instead now sit 19-13, just 3.5 games back of Tampa. This series becomes even larger considering it’s the final times these teams meet in 2020.

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Tony writes about baseball for WSN.com after recently graduating with his Masters from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Prior to that, Tony was a local sports reporter for MLive Media Group, based out of Jackson, Michigan where he covered everything from high school to professional sports. He graduated from Michigan State in 2015 with a degree in journalism. During his time there he covered the Michigan State football and men’s basketball teams from 2013-15 and hosted a sports radio show on WDBM 89FM.