The streaking New York Yankees will go for their fifth straight win as they play host to the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. YES Network will be televising the matchup and the game will get going at 1:05 p.m. ET.
Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees Odds
Tampa Bay (receiving -110) is favored over New York (+100) and Vegas has set the Over/Under for this game at 8 runs. The odds for betting on the game’s total now sit at +110 for the over and -130 for the under. You can also bet on the game’s spread with the runline odds standing at Rays -1.5 runs (+135) and Yankees +1.5 runs (-155).
The Yankees are 27-16 straight up (SU) and 23-19 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 1.1 units for moneyline bettors and 3.3 units ATS. New York has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the under has hit in three of those seven. On the other hand, the Rays have gone 26-16 SU this year and are 25-16 against the spread. Overall, the club has gained 2.6 units for bettors taking the moneyline in the season’s early going and 8.7 units ATS. Tampa Bay is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the total has gone under in three of those seven.
New York games have a 22-19-1 over/under record so far in 2019. The Rays have an over/under record of 17-22-2.
The southpaw Blake Snell will get the nod for Tampa Bay. Snell (3-4, 3.56 ERA) has recorded 62 punchouts in 43 innings so far. He’s 0-1 with 12 strikeouts and a 3.18 ERA against New York this year.
The Yankees are turning to righty Masahiro Tanaka (3-3, 3.44 ERA), who’s got 47 strikeouts and 14 walks, in addition to a WHIP of 1.20. Tanaka is 1-0 with seven strikeouts and a 1.29 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. Its starters have a 3.46 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 8.6 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.07 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 11.2 K/9. In 14 divisional games, Yankees starters have an ERA of 3.12 and the bullpen’s ERA is 2.64.
The New York hitters have produced 4.9 runs per outing, including 5.9 per game against divisional foes and 4.2 per game over their last five. The team has slashed .230/.283/.453 over its last five contests and is 4-1 SU during that stretch.
Shortstop Gleyber Torres and second baseman DJ LeMahieu have led the Yankees’ offense so far. Torres is slashing .289/.324/.509 with eight home runs, 20 RBIs and 22 runs scored, and LeMahieu is batting .313 with 46 hits, 21 RBIs and 23 runs.
For the visiting squad, Tampa Bay’s pitching staff allowed 3.0 runs per game and its starters own a 2.45 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 10.41 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.23, along with a K-per-9 of 9.37.
Rays hitters have slashed .254/.336/.428 on their way to 4.5 runs scored per game this season, including 4.5 runs per game against divisional foes and 3.2 per game over the team’s last five outings (3-2 SU).
Tampa Bay’s hitters have been paced by left fielder Tommy Pham and second baseman Brandon Lowe, who’ve collectively belted 13 home runs. Pham is slashing .282/.399/.423 with five home runs, 18 RBIs, 17 runs and six steals, while Lowe (.293/.346/.543) is up to eight homers, 23 RBIs and 23 runs scored.
The Rays have lost 3.1 units and are 16-13 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in 15 of those games, compared to 12 that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Yankees have netted 0.7 units and are 4-4 ATS when facing a lefty starter. The over has hit in four of those games, compared to four that went under the total.
Rays vs. Yankees Free Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Yankees, ATS Winner – Yankees, O/U – OVER
- The under has cashed in three of New York’s last seven games.
- The Rays have hit 11 home runs in their last 10 games, including six over their last five.
- The Rays have an OPS of .764 this season and an OPS of .786 against right-handed pitchers. The Yankees’ OPS sits at .765 overall and .779 against righties.
- Tampa Bay has recorded 21.1 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 20.0 over its last five.
- The Yankees have won six of their last seven games SU.