Tampa Bay Rays vs NY Yankees 6-15-2018

Tampa Bay Rays vs NY Yankees 6-15-2018

Tampa Bay Rays (31-35) vs NY Yankees (43-19)

Date : 06/15/2018
Time : 7:05 pm EST
Location : Yankee Stadium, New York, New York

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Tampa Bay Rays vs NY Yankees

Game 2 of a 4-game set between the Tampa Bay Rays and the NY Yankees will take place at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York, on Friday night at 7:05 pm EST.  The Rays currently occupy 3rd place within the AL East while the Yankees are ranked 1st in the division after winning 7 of their last 9 games.  This will be the 2nd meeting of the year amongst these teams with the Yankees winning 2 of 3 at home on 4-4-2018 with game 1 being postponed due to weather conditions.

Tampa Bay Rays's Latest Performance :

The Tampa Bay Rays have won 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 2-3.  Recently, the Rays would get swept in a 3-game road set versus the Mariners on 6-3-2018.  In addition to this, they would also get swept by the Washington Nationals on the road on 6-6-2018.  They would also go on to lose a 4-game home set versus the Seattle Mariners on 6-10-2018 by suffering the 5-4 defeat in the finale.  The Rays would come out strong in their next series against the lowly Blue Jays by winning the first 2 games of a 3-game home set.

The Rays are averaging 4.12 runs per game (24th) with a team batting average of .257 (7th), 63 homers (26th), along with 37 stolen bases on the year (11th).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.96 (15th) with 551 strikeouts (20th) and 19 quality starts (29th).

Mallex Smith (.289 BA on 201 AB), Joey Wendle (.280 BA on 182 AB) Adeiny Hechavarria (.273 BA on 132 AB) spearhead the offensive attack from the plate for the O’s while C.J. Cron (.253 BA on 249 AB), Matt Duffy (.314 BA on 204 AB), and Denard Span (.238 BA on 143 AB) are also critical to the Baltimore offense.

Blake Snell (8-3) has pitched 82.1 innings this season and allowed 23 runs on 56 hits, 9 homers, 25 walks, and 89 strikeouts with an ERA of 2.30.  Chris Archer (3-4) has pitched 76.1 while allowing 37 runs on 76 hits, 9 homers, 26 walks, 76 strikeouts with an ERA of 4.24 for the season.


NY Yankees's Latest Performance :

The Yankees have won 4 of their last 5 matchups to where the O/U was 0-5.  Recently, the Yankees would split with the Detroit Tigers in a 3-game road series on 6-4-2018 while whipping up on the Toronto Blue Jays in a 2-game road set on 6-6-2018.  They would also go on to win ‘Subway Series’ 2018 against the Mets by picking up a win in the 3-game set at CitiField this past weekend.  Furthermore, New York would also come out strong in game 1 of a 3-game home set versus the Washington Nationals as they got the 3-0 win behind the arm of CC Sabathia on 6-12-2018.

For the season, the Yankees average 5.41 runs per game (1st) with a team batting average of .252 (9th), 105 home runs (1st), along with 30 stolen bases (17th).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.51 (7th) with 640 strikeouts (3rd), along with 31 quality starts on the season (8th).

Aaron Judge (.271 BA on 229 AB), Didi Gregorius (.248 BA on 226 AB), and Brett Gardner (.263 BA on 217 AB) have been outstanding for the Yankees this year at the plate.  Giancarlo Stanton (.240 BA on 242 AB) and Miguel Andujar (.310 BA on 203 AB) have also been solid at the plate thus far.

On the other hand, Luis Severino (9-2) has pitched 91 innings while allowing 24 runs on 64 hits, 5 homers, 23 walks, and 109 strikeouts with an ERA of 2.27 while  Masahiro Tanaka(7-2) is also an important piece to the Yankee pitching staff as he has pitched 72.2 innings while allowing 39 runs on 60 hits, 16 homers, 19 walks, and 73 strikeouts with an ERA of 4.58.

How Tampa Bay Rays & NY Yankees Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

For the season, the Rays are 37-29 ATS while the O/U is 31-32-3.  On the other hamd, the Yankees are 36-26 ATS while the O/U is 32-28-2.

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

The pitchers for this contest have not been named, however, despite not knowing who will be toeing the mound, I will still bac the red-hot Yankees in this matchup in that they have simply been the better team all year.  Also, the Yankees also played well in their 3-game set against the Rays earlier in the season and will certainly love to pick up yet another win in game 2 to set the tone even more in this series.  What is interesting is that the Rays are allowing their opponents an average of 5.3 runs per game in their last 6 while the Yankees have held their opponents to 8 runs in their last 5 games (1.6 run per game average) and will look to rise to the occasion on Friday in which to earn their team yet another win.

Against The Spread Selection: New York Yankees

My reason for the pick :

The Yankees are indeed the team to beat at this moment.  It is through their impressive pitching along with focused hitting at the plate that they were propelled to the top position within the AL East division recently.  It is for this reason that I will back the Yanks in game 2 as I am very confident in the personnel that they bring to the table.  The Rays, as stated, have struggled lately, and a trip to the Bronx will only make things much more difficult for them to somehow right the ship.  In all, I see this as a competitive matchup, however, one in which New York will certainly pull out in the end.

Betting trends for Tampa Bay Rays:

  • Betting Trends for Tampa Bay Rays

    • The Rays are 3-6 in last 9 road games
    • The Rays are 2-9 in last 11 games
    • The Under is 7-2 in Rays last 9 road games

Betting trends for NY Yankees:

  • Betting Trend for New York Yankees

    • The Yankees are 5-2 in last 7 home games
    • The Yankees are 11-4 in last 15 games
    • The Under is 4-2-1 in Yankees last 7 home games


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