Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees Free Preview

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The New York Yankees will play host to the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. The game gets underway 7:05 p.m. ET and Pix11 will be airing the action.

Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees Odds

Vegas has listed Tampa Bay (+155) as the underdog to New York (-165). The total sits at nine runs and bettors can wager on the over for -105 or the under for -115. Bettors can also wager on the game’s spread with the current runline odds sitting at -140 for the Rays +1.5 runs and +120 for the Yankees -1.5.

The Rays have gone 32-36 SU this year and are 36-31 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 2.4 units for bettors taking the moneyline, despite having gained 3.9 units ATS. The Yankees, on the other hand, are 44-20 SU and 35-28 ATS. They’ve gained 10.7 units for moneyline bettors and 5.6 units ATS.

Yankees games have an over/under record of 31-29-3 so far in 2018. Tampa Bay has an over/under record of 31-34-2.

The right-handed Nathan Eovaldi is projected to start for Tampa Bay. Eovaldi is 1-1 with a 3.94 ERA and 11 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Yankees this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Yankees are seeing how Jonathan Loaisiga can handle major-league hitters. This game represents the first MLB start of the year for Loaisiga.

New York’s pitching staff has yielded 4.0 runs per game overall in 2018 as a unit. Its starters have an ERA of 3.88, a WHIP of 1.18 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.9. The bullpen has a solid ERA of just 2.92, a WHIP of 1.12 and a K/9 of 12.1. In 25 divisional games, Yankees starters have an ERA of 4.20 and the bullpen’s ERA is 3.21.

The New York offense is putting up 5.4 runs per outing, including 5.4 per game against divisional foes and 3.0 per game over its last five. The team has slashed .216/.286/.418 over its last five contests and is 3-2 SU during that stretch.

Aaron Judge has helped lead the Yankees’ offense this season with 18 home runs, 46 RBIs and 46 runs scored.

In the other dugout, Tampa Bay’s pitching staff allowed 4.2 runs per game and its starters own a 4.12 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 8.53 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.70, along with a WHIP of 1.21.

Rays hitters have slashed .254/.326/.393 on their way to 4.1 runs scored per game this year, including 4.2 runs per game against divisional foes and 4.0 per game over the team’s last five contests (3-2 SU).

Tampa Bay’s hitters have been led by Matt Duffy. Duffy is hitting .316/.354/.425 with three home runs, 19 RBIs and 17 runs scored.

The Yankees snuck away with the previous game in this series by a final tally of four runs to three.

Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees MLB Prediction

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

Betting Trends,

  • The under has cashed in seven of New York’s last seven games.
  • The Rays have hit eight home runs in their last 10 games. The Yankees have hit 19 over their last 10.
  • Tampa Bay has posted 19.0 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 18.4 over its last five.