New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays Free Pick

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The New York Yankees are set to play their divisional rival Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. YES Network is in line to televise the matchup and the game is slated to get underway at 7:10 p.m. ET.

New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays Odds

The Rays are 87-70 straight up (SU) and 89-67 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 24.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 23.4 units (ATS). The Yankees, on the other hand, are 97-60 SU and have gone 76-80 ATS. Overall, the team’s lost 11.2 units for gamblers taking the moneyline and 14.6 units ATS.

Tampa Bay games have an over/under record of 68-83-5 in 2018. New York has also been a decent under bet with a total record of 71-78-7.

Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka is projected to start for the visiting Yankees. Tanaka (12-5, 3.67 ERA) has recorded 155 strikeouts in 151 innings so far. He’s 1-1 with 15 strikeouts and a 1.20 ERA against Tampa Bay this year (two starts).

The Rays are handing the ball to righty Ryne Stanek (2-3, 2.70 ERA), who has 76 strikeouts and 26 walks, as well as a 1.07 WHIP. Stanek is 0-0 with six strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA over three starts against New York this year.

New York’s pitchers have allowed 4.1 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 4.02 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 9.18 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 3.34, along with a WHIP of 1.26.

Yankees hitters have slashed .248/.332/.448 on their way to 5.2 runs scored per game this season, including 5.3 runs per game against divisional foes and 5.8 per game over the team’s last five contests (4-1 SU).

New York’s hitters have been led by Miguel Andujar and Giancarlo Stanton, who collectively have blasted 61 home runs. Andujar is hitting .298/.329/.525 with 26 home runs, 87 RBIs and 79 runs scored, while Stanton is hitting .260 with 35 homers, 94 RBIs and 97 runs scored.

In the home-team dugout, Tampa Bay’s pitchers have given up 3.9 runs per game overall in 2018. The club’s starters have a 3.60 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 9.5 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.72 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 8.2 K/9. In 71 games against divisional foes, Rays starters have an ERA of 4.75 and the bullpen’s ERA is 3.68.

The Tampa Bay hitters are putting up 4.4 runs per contest, including 4.4 per game against divisional foes and 4.2 per game over their last five. The team’s hit .206/.328/.370 over its last five contests and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.

The Rays’ hitters have been led by third baseman Matt Duffy and second baseman Joey Wendle. Duffy is hitting .294/.360/.366 with four home runs, 44 RBIs and 58 runs scored, while Wendle’s line is .300/.355/.438 with seven homers, 57 RBIs, 59 runs and 15 stolen bases.

The Yankees have lost 13.1 units and are 57-55 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in 52 of those games, compared to 57 that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers.

New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays MLB Tip

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

Betting Notes

  • The under has hit in three of New York’s last seven games.
  • The Yankees have won four of their last five games SU while the Rays have lost three of their last four.
  • The New York defense has allowed nine errors over the last 10 games, compared to four errors for Tampa Bay over its last 10.
  • The Yankees have hit 19 home runs in their last 10 games. The Rays have hit 10 over their last 10.