Michael Pineda (1-1, 5.29 ERA) and Drew Smyly (0-2, 2.91 ERA) are on the hill in the last of a three-game series between the New York Yankees (7-9) and the Tampa Bay Rays (7-10) at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees won the last game 3-2, and New York leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 1:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, Apr. 24 and can be seen on YES and SUN.
Pineda pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering two runs, striking out seven and walking one in a 3-2 defeat to the Athletics. Brett Gardner (.312, 8 Rs, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, 3 SBs) had a good game yesterday, going 3 for 5 with one run, one home run, two RBIs, and one stolen base. Smyly went 8.0 innings, surrendering zero runs, striking out 11 and walking two in a 3-0 win over the Red Sox in his most recent start. Corey Dickerson (.259, 5 Rs, 4 HRs, 7 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Rays, going 3 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
The odds for New York and Tampa Bay are New York -115, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 7.5. Within its division, New York has a record of 4-7 SU. New York leads the MLB in steals, swiping 17 bases.
The Rays are 3-2 against AL East opponents.
The Yankees have the edge in the season series, 2-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYY
The Rays currently sit below .500 against the AL East Division at 4-7, and the Yankees have a 3-2 record.
While the Yankees have never recorded more than a single error in a game this season, the Rays just recorded their fourth instance of two or more errors following their latest outing.
The Yankees are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Rays have a 3-4 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
It looks like the Yankees have a slight leg up on the Rays, as the Yankees have won their last two games while the Rays have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rays are 4-1. The Yankees have a 7-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 26th, Tampa Bay sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 57 this season. New York ranks in the bottom half at 20th with 65.
Ranking 29th, Tampa Bay is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 42 this season. New York ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 61.
When the Yankees hit at least one home run, they are 7-5. When the Rays hit at least one homer, they have a 6-6 record.