Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees Betting Preview

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The Tampa Bay Rays will head north to square off against their division rival New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. The matchup will begin at 7:05 p.m. ET and fans looking to watch it can tune in to Fox Sports Sun.

Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees Odds

The Yankees are 74-44 straight up (SU) and 59-58 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 1.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline while gaining 6.3 units (ATS). The Rays, on the other hand, have gone 60-58 SU this year and are 64-54 ATS. Overall, the team’s gained 5.3 units for gamblers taking the moneyline and 12.1 units ATS.

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

Hunter Wood is getting the start for the visiting Rays. The right-handed Wood (0-0, 3.91 ERA) has racked up 30 strikeouts in 25.1 innings so far. He’s 0-0 with two strikeouts and a 4.50 ERA against New York this year.

The Yankees will turn to lefty J.A. Happ (12-6, 4.07 ERA), who has 141 punchouts and 37 walks as well as a 1.13 WHIP. Happ is 0-1 with seven strikeouts and a 2.53 ERA across two starts against Tampa Bay this year.

Tampa Bay’s pitching staff allowed 4.1 runs per game and its starters own a 3.76 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 9.27 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 3.88, along with a WHIP of 1.19 and a K-per-9 of 8.21.

Rays hitters have slashed .253/.328/.393 on their way to 4.2 runs scored per game this season, including 4.0 runs per game against divisional foes and 4.0 per game over the team’s last five contests (3-2 SU).

Third baseman Matt Duffy and outfielder Mallex Smith have paced Tampa Bay’s hitters. Duffy is hitting .299/.352/.379 with four home runs, 32 RBIs and 41 runs scored, while Smith (.296/.370/.415) has produced one homers, 27 RBIs, 44 runs and 25 steals.

For the home team, New York’s pitching staff has given up 4.0 runs per game overall this year. Its starting pitching staff has an ERA of 4.06, a WHIP of 1.24 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 9.1. The bullpen has a 3.21 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 11.6 K/9. In 50 games against AL East opponents, Yankees starters have an ERA of 4.24 and the bullpen’s ERA is 3.45.

The New York offense is putting up 5.2 runs per contest, including 4.9 per game against divisional foes and 6.2 per game over its last five. The team’s hit .274/.326/.518 over its last five contests and is 3-2 SU during that span.

The Yankees’ hitters have been led by Giancarlo Stanton and Miguel Andujar. Stanton is slashing .279/.347/.528 with 30 home runs, 76 RBIs and 77 runs scored, while Andujar’s line is .292/.326/.511 with 18 homers, 58 RBIs and 59 runs.

The Rays have gained 9.3 units and are 22-12 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has hit in 11 of those games, compared to 22 that’ve hit the under against righty starters.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees Free MLB Pick

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

Betting Notes

  • The under has cashed in three of New York’s last seven games.
  • Tampa Bay fielders have committed zero errors over their last five games, compared to four errors for New York over its last five.
  • The Rays have hit five home runs in their last 10 games, including three over their last five.