Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees Betting Preview

Jose VasquezArticles, Baseball

The Tampa Bay Rays will head north to square off against their AL East foe New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. The game gets underway 1:05 p.m. ET and ESPN will be airing the action.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees Odds

The Yankees are 2-2 SU and 2-1 ATS. They’ve gained 1.0 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 0.1 units against the spread (ATS). The Rays have gone 1-3 SU this year and are 3-0 ATS. Overall, the team’s lost 0.5 units for bettors taking the moneyline through the early portions of the year, but have gained 3.0 units ATS.

New York games have had an over/under record of zero-3 in 2018. The Rays have an over/under record of one-2.

The Rays have gained 0.6 units and are 2-0 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has hit in one of those games, compared to one that’ve hit the under in such games. On the other hand, the Yankees have netted 0.0 units and are 1-1 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over’s hit in zero of those games, compared to two which went under the total.

Austin Pruitt will get the start for Tampa Bay. The right-handed Pruitt started eight games last year and finished the season 7-5 overall with a 5.31 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP.

The Bronx Bombers are rolling with lefty Jordan Montgomery as their starter. Montgomery struck out 144 hitters across 155 innings last year (with 51 walks). Montgomery finished the season 9-7 overall with a 3.88 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. He recorded three starts against Tampa Bay a year ago and compiled 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 in 2018. The club’s starters have a 1.31 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 11.8 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 7.42 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 12.2 K/9. In four divisional games, Yankees starters have an ERA of 1.31 and the bullpen’s ERA is 7.42.

The New York hitters are putting up 4.3 runs per outing, including 4.3 per game against divisional foes and 4.3 per game over their last five. The team has a slash-line of .209/.293/.433 over its last five games and is 2-2 SU during that stretch.

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

Compared to his total season slash line of .267/.317/.447, Drury enjoyed batting against right-handed pitching at home last year, slashing .294/.374/.529 across 174 plate appearances.

In the other dugout, Tampa Bay’s pitching staff allowed 2.5 runs per game and its starting pitchers 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 slashed .190/.266/.278 on its way to 2.3 runs scored per game in 2018, including 2.3 runs per game against divisional foes and 2.3 per game over the team’s last five outings (1-3 SU).

Tampa Bay’s offense has been led by third baseman Duffy Duffy and first baseman Brad Miller. 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 Pick

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

Betting Trends

  • The Yankees went 12-7 SU against the Rays last season.
  • The Yankees’ bullpen managed an ERA of 1.87 against the Rays last year.