Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees Betting Preview

The Tampa Bay Rays will head north to play their AL East foe New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Fox Sports Sun will be airing the action. The first pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. ET.

Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees Odds

New York (+125) is coming into this one as the underdog to Tampa Bay (-145) and Vegas has set the Over/Under for this game at 8.5 runs. The odds for betting on the game’s total sit at +100 for the over and -120 for the under. The game’s most recent runline odds sit at +150 for betting the Rays +1.5 runs and -160 for the Yankees -1.5.

The Yankees are 2-2 SU and 2-2 ATS. The team’s gained 0.0 units for moneyline bettors while earning 1.9 units against the spread (ATS). The Rays have gone 1-3 SU this year and are 4-0 ATS. In total, the team’s lost 1.5 units for moneyline gamblers this year, but have gained 4.0 units ATS.

New York games have had an over/under record of 1-3 in 2018. Tampa Bay has an over/under record of 1-3.

The Rays have gained 0.6 units and are 2-0 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has hit in one of those games, as opposed to one that’ve gone under against righties. On the other hand, the Yankees have lost 1.0 units and are 1-2 ATS when facing a righty starter.

Right-hander Chris Archer (0-0, 6.00 ERA) will get the nod for the visiting Rays. Archer recorded 249 strikeouts in 201 innings last year with only 60 walks while finishing the season 10-12 overall with a 4.07 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.

The Bronx Bombers have tabbed lefty Jordan Montgomery (0-0, 6.00 ERA) as their starter. Montgomery struck out 144 hitters across 155 innings last year (29 starts), while finishing the season 9-7 overall with a 3.88 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. He recorded three starts against the Rays a year ago and registered a 1-1 record with a 4.72 ERA and 17 strikeouts.

As a unit, New York’s pitching staff has allowed 3.8 runs per game overall this season. The team’s starters have an ERA of 1.31, a WHIP of 1.16 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 11.8. The bullpen has a 7.42 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 12.2 K/9. In four games against divisional foes, Yankees starters have an ERA of 1.31 and the bullpen’s ERA is 7.42.

New York’s offense has put up 4.3 runs per contest so far this season and the team has slashed .209/.293/.433 to begin the year.

Giancarlo Stanton and Brandon Drury have led the Yankees’ offense this year. Stanton is hitting .286/.444/.857 with four hits, four RBIs and four runs scored, while Drury’s line is .385/.500/.692 with five hits, four RBIs and two runs.

Compared to his overall season slash line of .267/.317/.447, Drury performed well against righty pitching at home last year, slashing .294/.374/.529 across 174 plate appearances.

In the other dugout, Tampa Bay’s pitchers have allowed 2.5 runs per game and its starters own a 2.84 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 5.21 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 1.59, along with a WHIP of 1.21 and a K-per-9 of 6.35.

The Rays offense has yet to warm up, slashing just .190/.266/.278 on its way to 2.3 runs scored per game this season.

Third baseman Duffy Duffy and first baseman Brad Miller have led Tampa Bay’s hitters. Duffy is slashing .375/.375/.438 with six hits and one RBI, while Miller is hitting .200/.333/.500 with two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored.

Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees Free MLB Pick

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

Betting Notes

  • The Yankees went 12-7 SU against the Rays last season.
  • The Rays’ bullpen posted 3.23 ERA against the Yankees last year.