Friday, October 9, 2020, Petco Park, San Diego, California, 7:05 p.m. ET
Yankees at Rays Betting Preview: Yankees (-150), Rays (+130)
New York Yankees
The Yankees signed Gerrit Cole to a nine-year, $324 million deal in December with games like Friday’s Game 5 of the American League Division Series in mind. The right-hander will start against the Rays with the teams battling for the right to advance to the American League Championship Series.
Cole is pitching in a Game 5 of the ALDS for the second straight season, but this time it is on three days’ rest since there are no travel days. Last year on four days’ rest, he helped the Houston Astros advance by allowing one run in eight innings of a 6-1 win over the Rays.
Cole is pitching after the Yankees evened the series with a 5-1 win on Thursday. He allowed three runs on six hits while getting eight strikeouts over six innings in a Game 1 win on Monday. He has never defeated Tampa Bay in the regular season, going 0-3 with a 4.07 ERA in seven starts.
Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays will hope to get a good start from Tyler Glasnow, who will be pitching on two days’ rest. It is a strong possibility that the right-hander will be used as an opener for two or three innings. He probably will be followed by left-hander Blake Snell with the hopes the Rays can get a lead for high-leverage relievers Diego Castillo, Nick Anderson and Pete Fairbanks, who did not pitch in Game 4.
Glasnow’s first start of the series was in Game 2 on Tuesday, when he allowed four runs on three hits and got 10 strikeouts in five-plus innings. Glasnow is pitching in Game 5 of this round for the second straight season after allowing four runs in 2 2/3 innings on five days’ rest on Oct. 10, 2019, at Houston.
Snell took the loss in Game 1 on Monday after yielding four runs on six hits in five innings. However, the former AL Cy Young Award winner was sharp in his first start of the 2020 postseason, when he struck out nine and gave up just one hit in 5 2/3 scoreless innings against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Yankees at Rays Betting Pick for Game 5
Cole is the difference-maker on the mound and will be supported capably by an offense that has swung the bats well for most of the series. New York has six regulars batting .300 or better in the postseason, and Giancarlo Stanton, despite a quiet 1-for-4 night Thursday, has six homers and 13 RBIs through six games.
Yankees at Rays Betting Pick:
Yankees 5, Rays 2
Yankees at Rays Best Bet for Game 5
Even on short rest, both pitchers should be effective enough to keep offense down, so banking on the teams to combine for fewer than eight runs is the smart play.
Rays at Yankees Best Bet: UNDER 7.5 total runs (-124)
–Field Level Media