Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 3.06 ERA) and the New York Yankees (6-9) meet Blake Snell (0-0, 0.00 ERA) and the Tampa Bay Rays (7-9) in the second of a three-game division series at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees won the last game 6-3, and New York leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 1:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 23 and will air on YES, MLBN and SUN.
In his last start, Tanaka pitched 7.0 innings, allowing three runs (one unearned) and striking out six in a 4-3 victory over the Mariners. Mark Teixeira (.216, 10 Rs, 3 HRs, 8 RBIs, 1 SB) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 4 with two runs and one stolen base. Logan Forsythe (.298, 11 Rs, 2 HRs, 7 RBIs, 1 SB) has been hitting the ball well for the Rays, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run and two RBIs.
The odds for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) are unavailable at the moment. Against teams in the AL East, the Yankees have a SU record of 4-5. They have been a terror on the base paths, leading all of baseball with 16 steals. The Yankees are third in the AL in walks allowed with just 2.3 per game.
Against divisional opponents, the Rays are 1-2 SU. The Rays average just 10.2 strikeouts per road game, one of the lowest marks in the AL. They have a WHIP of 1.177 on the year, good for fifth in the league.
So far this season, the Yankees are 1-0 against the Rays.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYY
The Yankees are an even 2-2 against the division, while the Rays sit at 4-6.
The Yankees are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded nine strikeouts. The Rays have a record of 3-7 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they are outhit, the Yankees are 0-8. The Rays have a 1-6 record when opponents outhit them.
Both New York and Tampa Bay are tied at 12th in home runs, hitting 17 this season.
Ranking 26th, Tampa Bay is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.20 per game. New York ranks in the bottom half at 16th with 8.14.
Ranking 26th, Tampa Bay is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.661). New York ranks in the bottom half at 19th with an OPS of .713.
The Rays are 4-8 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Yankees are 2-6 when they allow at least one homer.