vs. New York Yankees
The New York Yankees are always known to have a busy offseason, and this year was no different, adding a piece to their rotation in the form of Carlos Rondon, someone who should be a key addition for the staff this season.
Comparing the Yankees' rotation to the Rays', both teams carry a very formidable staff, with the Yanks featuring Gerrit Cole, Nestor Cortes, Luis Severino, Frankie Montas, and Domingo German with the aforementioned Rondon.
Although the Yankees feature the big names, the Rays are arguably one of the "dark horse" teams in terms of their staff having a big season.
With three under 3.00 ERA starters returning in McClanahan, Rasmussen, and Springs, as well as the additions and returns of Eflin and Glasnow for the entire season, the Rays are shaping up to have a deeper pitching staff than the Yankees, even if the Yankees have the flashier names.
The ones set back will be some of the bottom of the rotation pieces that the Rays have as pitchers such as Patino and Chirinos have worked off of small sample sizes due to injuries the last few seasons, resulting in uncertainty compared to New York's bottom half, which features German and Montas, who could be a 1-2 punch in a smaller market rotation.
vs. New York Yankees: WIN