Kevin Kiermaier and the Tampa Bay Rays fought furiously in 2020 for his or her first division title in over a decade, assuring themselves home-field benefit all through the AL playoffs.

In the tip, it meant little greater than final at-bats and a extra comfy clubhouse in San Diego.

Not everyone seems to be offered on the deserves of home-field benefit.

“I’ve been the home team for a wild-card game three times and lost two of them,” stated Yankees ace Gerrit Cole, set to pitch Tuesday at Fenway Park.

That skepticism is uncommon, although. Even for the Rays, who completed twenty eighth in attendance.

“When you’re at home, you just feel like you have an extra teammate,” Kiermaier stated.