NY Yankees vs Tampa Bay Rays 6-22-2018

NY Yankees vs Tampa Bay Rays 6-22-2018

NY Yankees (48-21) vs Tampa Bay Rays (34-39)

Date : 06/22/2018
Time : 7:10 pm EST
Location : Tropicana Field, Tampa, Florida

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

NY Yankees vs Tampa Bay Rays

Game 1 of the a3-game set between the visiting NY Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays will take place on Friday at Tropicana Field in Tampa, Florida on Friday beginning at 7:10 pm EST.  the Yankees occupy the top spot within the AL East while the Rays are in 3rd place within the division.  This will be the 3rd matchup of 2018 for these two squads with the Yanks winning 5 of the last 6 meetings while also winning 3 of 4 at Yankee Stadium on 6-17-2018.

NY Yankees's Latest Performance :

The Yankees have won 3 of their last 5 matchups to where the O/U was 0-5.  Recently, the Yankees would win a 4-game home set versus the Tampa Bay Rays on 6-17-2018 while winning a 1-game road set versus the Nationals by a 4-2 score on 6-18-2018.  The Yanks would also go on to win game 1 of a 3-game home set versus the Mariners by a 7-2 score.

For the season, the Yankees average 5.39 runs per game (1st) with a team batting average of .252 (11th), 107 home runs (1st), along with 31 stolen bases (17th).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.53 (7th) with 644 strikeouts (3rd), along with 31 quality starts on the season (8th).

Aaron Judge (.272 BA on 232 AB), Didi Gregorius (.246 BA on 228 AB), and Brett Gardner (.262 BA on 221 AB) have been outstanding for the Yankees this year at the plate.  Giancarlo Stanton (.248 BA on 246 AB) and Miguel Andujar (.304 BA on 207 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.


Tampa Bay Rays's Latest Performance :

The Tampa Bay Rays have won 4 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 3-2.  Recently, the Rays would come out strong in their series against the lowly Blue Jays by sweeping the 3-game home set on 6-13-2018.  They would go on to tie a 4-game home set versus the Boston Red Sox on 6-17-2018.  Nonetheless, the Mariners would lose game 1 of a 3-game road set to the NY Yankees on 6-19-2018 by a 7-2 score.

The Rays are averaging 4.07 runs per game (24th) with a team batting average of .255 (7th), 63 homers (26th), along with 37 stolen bases on the year (11th).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.90 (14th) with 556 strikeouts (21st) and 19 quality starts (29th).

Mallex Smith (.294 BA on 204 AB), Joey Wendle (.277 BA on 184 AB) Adeiny Hechavarria (.273 BA on 132 AB) spearhead the offensive attack from the plate for the O’s while C.J. Cron (.251 BA on 251 AB), Matt Duffy (.312 BA on 208 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.

How NY Yankees & Tampa Bay Rays 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 either game within this series have not been announced, however, the pitching staff for the Yankees have surrendered only 24 runs in their last 13 outings.  The Rays have been solid as well only giving up an average of 2.8 runs per game in their last 8 contests.  The Yanks are coming into this game winners of 2-straight and 5 of their last 6 overall and will certainly like to take advantage of an up and down Rays’ offense that is only putting out 2 runs game in their last 7 games.

Against The Spread Selection: Game 1: NY Yankees

My reason for the pick :

The Rays are simply having problems scoring at this point in the season.  This will not fare well against a Yankees team that is only putting out an average of around 4 runs per game, however, possess a dangerous lineup that has dominated the Rays in the past few matchups.  The Yanks are 8-2 in their last 10 road games and have won their last 6 series (with 1 tie versus the Nats on 6-13-2018) and are looking for even more consistency and confidence in game 1.  It is for this reason that the Yankees will indeed perform well and set the tone in what will be an interesting division series on Friday night.

Totals Selection: Games 2 and 3: Under

My reason for the prediction :

As for games 2 and 3 (along with the series as a whole), I will side with the under as this will certainly be a tough division matchup to where the Rays will be looking to gain some quality ground in the AL East.  Combine this with the fact that both pitching staffs have done an excellent job in keeping opposing teams off the scoreboard lately, I see the under being the play in each game within this series.  Finally, the under has been the result in 11 of the last 14 meetings between these 2 squads, and I expect those trends to continue in this weekend series.

Betting trends for NY Yankees:

  • Betting Trends for NY Yankees

    • The Yankees are 8-2 in last 10 road games
    • The Under is 8-2 in Yankees last 10 road games
    • The Under is 14-0 in Yankees last 14 games

Betting trends for Tampa Bay Rays:

  • Betting Trends for Tampa Bay Rays

    • The Rays are 6-9 in last 15 home games
    • The Under is 9-6 in Rays last 15 home games
    • The Under is 7-1 in Rays last 8 games


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