In the first of a three-game series between the New York Yankees (58-56) and the Tampa Bay Rays (46-67) at Yankee Stadium, CC Sabathia (6-9, 4.18 ERA) and Chris Archer (6-15, 4.26 ERA) take the mound. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 12 and will air on YES, SUN and FOX.
In his last start, Sabathia pitched 5.2 innings, allowing three runs, striking out five and walking four in a 5-2 loss to the Indians. Carlos Beltran (.304, 51 Rs, 23 HRs, 68 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Rays were victorious over the Twins 7-3 the last time Archer pitched. He went 6.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out seven and walking three.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an even matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is eight runs. The Yankees have a SU record of 15-24 against teams in their division. Within their division, New York's offense has been struggling. New York has only averaged 3.3 runs per game compared to its 4.1 season average. Whenever an AL East opponent shows up on the calendar, the Yankees pitch better. They allow an average of 4.4 runs per game, but allow just 4.0 against teams from their own division. The Yankees are third in the AL in hits allowed with just 8.4 per game. They have been extremely effective at striking opposing batters out, averaging 8.7 strikeouts per game.
Against fellow AL East members, the Rays are 19-24 SU.
The Rays have gotten the better of the Yankees in head-to-head matchups this season, going 5-4. The Yankees will take on a right-hander (Archer) in this game and have a 41-37 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Rays will be the left-hander Sabathia. They sport a 12-15 record against southpaws.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYY, O/U - Over
The Yankees hold a 16-24 record this season against teams in the AL East Division. The Rays' record in these matchups is 19-24.
Tampa Bay has won 38% (18-29) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, New York has won 53% (32-28) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Rays didn't score any runs in their last game. The Yankees have a 5-0 record when they don't allow any runs.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rays are 29-10. The Yankees have a 43-8 record when outhitting opponents.
Both falling near the bottom of the league based on total runs this season, New York ranks 22nd with 470 runs and Tampa Bay is 25th with 454.
Ranking 21st, New York is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 328 this season. Tampa Bay ranks in the bottom half at 16th with 340.
The Yankees are 42-29 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Rays are 39-40 when they hit at least one homer.