New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays Free Preview 06/22/18

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The Tampa Bay Rays will play host to their division foe New York Yankees at Tropicana Field. Pix11 will be airing the matchup and the game is scheduled to get going at 7:10 p.m. ET.

New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays Odds

Oddsmakers are listing Tampa Bay (+150) as the underdog to New York (-160). Bettors can wager on the game’s total with odds sitting at +100 for over 8.5 runs and -120 for under 8.5. The game’s current runline odds stand at -110 for taking the Yankees -1.5 runs and -110 for the Rays +1.5.

The Yankees have gone 50-22 SU this year and are 40-31 against the spread (ATS). They’ve accumulated 13.0 units for moneyline gamblers and 7.8 units ATS. New York has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the under has hit in six of those seven. The Rays, on the other hand, are 34-40 SU and 40-34 ATS. They’ve lost 3.0 units for moneyline bettors while earning 4.8 units ATS. Tampa Bay has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in six of those seven.

Tampa Bay games have a 32-40-2 over/under record so far in 2018. New York has an over/under record of 32-36-3.

The left-handed CC Sabathia is projected to start for the visiting Bronx Bombers. Sabathia (4-2, 3.30 ERA) has racked up 57 strikeouts in 71 innings so far. He’s 0-1 with 10 strikeouts and a 3.52 ERA against Tampa Bay this year.

The Rays are putting the ball in the hands of righty Ryne Stanek (1-1, 2.21 ERA), who has 23 strikeouts and nine walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 0.89. Stanek is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA in one start against New York this year.

Tampa Bay’s pitching staff has allowed 4.1 runs per game overall this year as a unit. The team’s starters have a 4.07 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 8.4 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.73 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 8.3 K/9. In 34 divisional games, Rays starters have an ERA of 5.24 and the bullpen’s ERA is 3.58.

Tampa Bay’s offense is putting up 3.9 runs per contest, including 4.0 per game against divisional foes and 2.2 per game over its last five. The team’s hit .199/.275/.311 over its last five contests and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.

The Rays’ batters have been led by third baseman Matt Duffy and catcher Wilson Ramos. Duffy is hitting .317/.360/.439 with four home runs, 22 RBIs and 20 runs scored, and Ramos is batting .288 with nine homers, 36 RBIs and 22 runs.

For the visiting squad, New York’s pitching staff allowed 3.8 runs per game and its starters own a 3.76 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 9.04 K/9. The bullpen has an excellent ERA of just 2.82, along with a K-per-9 of 12.00.

Yankees hitters have slashed .253/.334/.466 on their way to 5.3 runs scored per game in 2018, including 5.1 runs per game against divisional foes and 4.6 per game over the team’s last five contests (4-1 SU).

New York’s offensive production has been sparked by Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, who have combined to blast 37 home runs. Judge is hitting .281/.398/.567 with 19 home runs, 50 RBIs and 50 runs scored. Stanton (.252/.325/.496) has produced 18 homers, 42 RBIs and 44 runs scored.

The Yankees have gained 4.3 units and are 29-20 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has hit in 25 of those games, as opposed to 23 that’ve hit the under against righties. On the other hand, the Rays have netted 4.6 units and are 16-9 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in eight of those games, as opposed to 16 that’ve gone under.

New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays MLB Tip

Predictions: SU Winner – Yankees, ATS Winner – Yankees, O/U – OVER

Betting Trends,

  • The under has cashed in six of New York’s last seven games.
  • The Yankees have hit 19 home runs in their last 10 games, including 10 over their last five.
  • Tampa Bay has posted 15.3 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 15.0 over its last five.
  • The Yankees have won seven of their last eight games SU.