Jake Odorizzi (4-5, 4.10 ERA) and Ivan Nova (7-5, 4.65 ERA) take the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays (39-61) and the New York Yankees (52-49) at Tropicana Field. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Jul. 29 and can be seen on YES and SUN.
Odorizzi pitched 8.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering zero runs and striking out five in a 1-0 defeat to the Athletics. Evan Longoria (.292, 52 Rs, 23 HRs, 57 RBIs) continued his strong play Wednesday, going 3 for 4 with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. Nova went 7.0 innings, surrendering one run, striking out seven and walking two in a 2-1 defeat to the Giants in his most recent start. Didi Gregorius (.298, 44 Rs, 11 HRs, 43 RBIs, 5 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 Wednesday.
The Rays are a -120 favorite in this AL East showdown with a total of 8 runs.
Pick - TB
The Rays are 15-22 against their divisional rivals, while the Yankees are 14-20 against their division.
The Rays managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Yankees who are coming in with a 24-11 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Rays are 7-45. The Yankees have an 8-41 record when opponents outhit them.
New York ranks near the bottom of the league at 21st when it comes to home runs, hitting 103 this season. Tampa Bay ranks in the top 10 with 128.
Ranking 22nd, New York is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 287 this season. Tampa Bay ranks in the bottom half at 20th with 289.
The Rays are 32-37 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Yankees are 37-26 when they hit at least one homer.