The best team in the American League will be in New York this week to take on the Mets. In the series finale on Wednesday, the Rays will send Tyler Glasnow to the mound, while the Mets have yet to determine who they’ll counter with. Let’s take a closer look at both teams so you can make your bets against their MLB odds.
MLB Betting Analysis: Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Mets 2020 Series
The Rays have had a great season. At the time of this writing, they have a four-game lead over the New York Yankees in the American League East race.
Tampa Bay has used stellar starting pitching and timely hitting to get to the top of the American League. With a lineup that is void of superstars, everyone is pulling their weight.
In Wednesday’s game, the Rays will send Tyler Glasnow to the hill. Glasnow is 4-1 with a 4.21 ERA on the season. The strikeout artist has recorded 83 strikeouts in 51 innings pitched this season.
In his last seven starts, he has struck out at least seven hitters in each of those starts. Glasnow has electric stuff, and when he keeps the ball down, he is one of the best young pitchers in the league.
The Mets lineup has seen some surprises this year, as the re-emergence of Robinson Cano has been one of the biggest surprises. Many thought that the aging superstar was near the end of his career, but he has rebounded strong with a .375 batting average. He is also tied for the team lead with seven home runs.
Dominic Smith has been the Mets’ top hitter this season, as he is currently hitting .313 with seven homers and 26 RBI. Pete Alonso has been a disappointment in this shortened season, as he’s hitting just .209.
The Mets offense has been serviceable but hasn’t been quite enough to get the Mets in the playoff race.
As for the Rays’ offense, they have been steady all season long. Brandon Lowe, a sneaky candidate for American League MVP, leads the team with 10 homers and 27 RBI. Without any big-name superstars, the Rays offense isn’t talked about. But it has been good enough to lead the Rays to the top of the AL East and the best record in the American League.
The Rays have won seven of their last 10 but can feel the New York Yankees surging. The Yankees have gone 9-1 in their last 10, and are looking to make a run at the Rays.
If Tampa Bay’s bullpen can hold up, they have enough starting pitching to make a long run in the playoffs.
As for the Mets, they’re looking forward to 2021. They’ll be under new ownership and should have a solid pitching staff, as Noah Syndergaard should be back.
When combining him with Jacob deGrom, the Mets have a great duo at the top of their rotation. If new ownership will spend some money, the Mets could be huge players in the free-agent market, and could add some big bats to the lineup. We’re looking for significant improvement for the Mets in 2021.