New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays: Which team has the ALDS edge?

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 01: New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays exchanges words after the final out in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium on September 01, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 01: New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays exchanges words after the final out in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium on September 01, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) /
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New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays: Notable Team Statistics

-The Yankees hit the 5th most home runs in the regular season while the Rays allowed the 9th fewest home runs.

-Yankees hitters led MLB in walks while Rays pitchers allowed the 4th fewest free passes.

-Rays hitters totaled the most strikeouts in MLB while Yankees pitchers recorded the 11th most strikeouts.

-The Yankees hit .226 with a .715 OPS against left-handed pitchers as opposed to a .254 batting average and .811 OPS against right-handed pitchers.

-The Rays’ 2.74 ERA in the 7th inning or later was third-best in MLB; the Yankees’ 3.18 was sixth-best.

Head-to-Head

Tampa Bay won eight out of ten against New York in the regular season. They out-homered the Yankees and scored 13 more runs.

The most recent series between the two teams took place from August 31st to September 2nd. Tyler Glasnow outdueled Gerrit Cole in Game 1. Glasnow pitched six shutout innings, struck out nine, and walked one. Cole walked four and gave up for runs over five innings pitched. Tampa won 5-3.

The Yankees won Game 2 by a score of 5-3. Masahiro Tanaka allowed just two runs over six innings and DJ LeMahieu knocked two homers off Rays’ starter Trevor Richards.

Tampa Bay tagged Yankees’ starter Jordan Montgomery for four runs in the first inning of Game 3. They ended up winning 5-2 in a bullpen game in which the Yankees amassed only six hits.