The Yankees will only be facing their division foe because in the final series of the regular season, they laid down for the Rays. Not finishing a seven run lead on the final day of the season will come back to haunt the Bronx Bombers as the Rays are better equipped for a series that last upwards of seven games.
The Rays have seemingly endless starting pitching and are so confident in their guys they were willing to name Matt Moore, whose made one start in the MLB, their Game 1 starter. That allows them to get to full rest for James Shields, Jeremy Hellickson and David Price—all guys who have ace-type stuff.
BJ Upton has shined in the postseason in the past, and Evan Longoria seems to have completely shaken his early season woes and looks primed to carry this offense.
CC Sabathia was a horse for the Yankees the last time they won, and Nova won 16 regular season games as a rookie so it should be a solid series.
The Rays are just deeper, seem hungrier and showcased they're oblivious to when it's time to quit because they're licked. That is a dangerous combination, and much the same that saw the Giants win the World Series last year.
PREDICTION: Rays in seven