- Yanks-Rays position-by-position breakdown - Anthony Castrovince, MLB.com: When I start to think, “who actually believes the Rays, best record in AL, second best only to the Dodgers, could possibly be considered underdogs” I read something like this and see that they are still very much a slept on team in many, many regards.
- Rays look like American League’s best: Three takeaways from Tampa Bay’s sweep of Blue Jays - Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY
- MLB Playoffs 2020: Why New York Yankees-Tampa Bay Rays ALDS could be series of the postseason - ESPN
- Heated past sets ALDS stage for Rays, Yanks - Mark Feinsand, MLB.com: For the first time, Rays and Yankees will get to (hopefully not literally) duke it out in the postseason.
- With Superior Depth Everywhere, Rays Bounce Blue Jays From Postseason - Jon Taylor, Fan Graphs: The Rays have used superior levels of depth to be in a great position to succeed in a short season, and now in no off day postseason, they still hold a distinct advantage.
- Heartbreaking, but also heartwarming:
If you're going to root for someone this postseason, root for Manuel Margot— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) October 1, 2020
Here's why pic.twitter.com/ZzVWI8RdSt
- Giancarlo Stanton talks Yankees-Rays ALDS battle: ‘It’s gonna be power vs. power’ - Danny Abriano, Yahoo!Sports
- Yankees ‘excited’ about chance to play league-best Rays - Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times: I’m curious just how excited, by percentages, they are to play them.
Around the League
- Oakland Prevails in a Wild, Befuddling Battle of Bullpens - Ben Clemens, Fan Graphs: The Oakland A’s eliminated the Chicago White Sox in the first Game 3 elimination game of the postseason tournament.
- The San Diego Padres, backed by roughly 50% ex-Tampa Bay Rays players, have fought back to force a decisive Game 3 today. Of the many big fly highlights (including 2 HRs for Wil Myers) was this Tatís HR + bat flip combo:
Not gonna lie, @tatis_jr: We're flipping out a little. pic.twitter.com/8ryd3QQMKP— San Diego Padres (@Padres) October 2, 2020
Fernando Tatis Jr., Wil Myers, Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig.— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) October 2, 2020
Only 2 times in postseason history has a team had 2 players with a multi-HR game in the same game:
The 1932 World Series and tonight.
(Credit: @SlangsOnSports) pic.twitter.com/tTIOi0dUPM
- Postseason Ends Quickly for the Punchless Reds - Dan Szymborski, Fan Graphs: The Atlanta Braves out dueled the vaunted pitching staff of the Reds, advancing on to the NLDS.
- The Brewers gave a valiant effort, but Mookie Betts and the Dodgers offense provided just enough for a truly all time great performance from Kershaw to send the Dodgers on to the NLDS:
Clayton Kershaw joins Cliff Lee (2010) as the only left-handed pitchers ever with 13+ Ks & 0 R allowed in a #Postseason start. pic.twitter.com/Fsx7HM0qEY— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) October 2, 2020