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The Tampa Bay Rays will take on their division rival New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Fox Sports Sun will be televising the matchup and the game gets going at 7:05 p.m. ET.

Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees Odds

The Rays are 60-59 SU and are 64-54 against the spread (ATS). They’ve accumulated 5.3 units for moneyline bettors and 12.1 units ATS. The Yankees, on the other hand, are 75-44 SU and 59-59 ATS. They’ve lost 0.6 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 7.3 units ATS.

New York games have an over/under record of 52-59-7 in 2018. The Rays have also been a good under bet with a total record of 51-64-3.

Jake Faria will get the nod for the visiting Rays. The right-handed Faria is 4-3 with a 4.97 ERA and 44 strikeouts. This is his first outing against New York this year. He did make two starts against the team in 2017, posting a 0-0 record with a 6.43 ERA and 10 strikeouts.

The Yankees are handing the ball to righty Luis Cessa (1-2, 4.50 ERA), who’s got 17 strikeouts and nine walks to his name, as well as a 1.29 WHIP. Cessa is 0-1 with five strikeouts and a 2.45 ERA in one start against Tampa Bay this year.

As a unit, New York’s pitching staff has given up 4.0 runs per game overall this year. The club’s starters have a 4.01 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 9.1 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.22 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 11.5 K/9. In 51 divisional games, Yankees starters have an ERA of 4.13 and the bullpen’s ERA is 3.47.

New York’s offense is putting up 5.2 runs per contest, including 4.9 per game against divisional foes and 5.6 per game over its last five. The team has hit .263/.320/.461 over its last five games and is 3-2 SU during that stretch.

The Yankees’ hitters have been led by Giancarlo Stanton and Miguel Andujar. Stanton is hitting .280/.348/.529 with 30 home runs, 76 RBIs and 78 runs scored, while Andujar’s line is .294/.327/.516 with 18 homers, 58 RBIs and 59 runs.

For the visitors, Tampa Bay’s pitchers have allowed 4.1 runs per game and its starters own a 3.78 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 9.27 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 3.88, along with a K/9 of 8.27.

The Rays offense has slashed .252/.327/.392 on its way to 4.2 runs scored per game this year, including 3.9 runs per game against divisional foes and 3.4 per game over the team’s last five contests (3-2 SU).

Third baseman Matt Duffy and left fielder Mallex Smith continue to lead Tampa Bay’s hitters. Duffy is slashing .296/.351/.376 with four home runs, 32 RBIs and 41 runs scored. Smith (.293/.369/.411) has produced one homers, 27 RBIs, 44 runs and 25 steals.

The Rays have lost 4.0 units and are 42-42 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has cashed in 40 of those games, compared to 42 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Yankees have lost 12.1 units and are 43-41 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over’s cashed in 38 of those games, compared to 43 that’ve gone under.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees MLB Prediction

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

Betting Notes,

  • The over has hit in three of Tampa Bay’s last seven outings.
  • The Yankees have won three of their last four games SU.
  • New York has posted 22.5 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 23.2 over its last five.
  • The Rays have hit six home runs in their last 10 games, including four over their last five.