This game could be low scoring as Masahiro Tanaka (8-4, 3.32 ERA) and the New York Yankees (59-56) meet Matt Andriese (6-3, 2.90 ERA) and the Tampa Bay Rays (46-68) in the second of a three-game 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, Aug. 13 and will air on YES and SUN.
In his last start, Tanaka pitched 6.0 innings, allowing one run and striking out eight in a 3-2 victory over the Indians. Carlos Beltran (.304, 51 Rs, 23 HRs, 68 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Rays were unsuccessful the last time Andriese pitched. He went 4.2 innings, giving up three runs, striking out five and walking one in a 6-3 loss to the Twins. Evan Longoria (.283, 58 Rs, 26 HRs, 66 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well for the Rays, going 2 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
New York, a -155 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Tampa Bay. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is set at eight runs. The Yankees perform well as a favorite with a 39-24 record, but haven't fared as well with the overall money line (-149). They are 3-1 as the favorite over their last 10 games. Division games have been tough for the Yankees. New York has only averaged 3.3 runs per game compared to its 4.1 season average. New York's pitchers are doing better against opposing batters during divisional games, only allowing an average of 3.9 runs per game, well under their season average of 4.4. The Yankees don't give up many hits to opposing batters, ranking third in the AL with only 8.4 hits allowed per game. They have been extremely effective at striking opposing batters out, averaging 8.7 strikeouts per game.
On the other side, the Rays have a subpar record of 19-32 when they are the underdog and are -2,853 overall with the money line. They have played poorly as the underdog as of late. They managed a 1-3 record when playing as the underdog and a SU record of 4-6.
The Yankees will take on a right-hander (Andriese) in this game and have a 42-37 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Tanaka will take the mound against the Rays, who have a 34-52 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYY, O/U - Over
The Yankees hold a 17-24 record this season against teams in the AL East Division. The Rays' record in these matchups is 19-25.
The Yankees managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Rays who are coming in with a 25-18 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the Yankees have a slight leg up on the Rays, as the Yankees have won their last three games while the Rays have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rays are 29-10. The Yankees have a 44-8 record when outhitting opponents.
New York and Tampa Bay both rank near the bottom of the league in runs. New York sits at 22nd with 476 runs this season and Tampa Bay ranks 25th with 457.
Ranking 22nd, New York is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 329 this season. Tampa Bay ranks in the bottom half at 16th with 344.
When the Yankees hit at least one home run, they are 43-29. When the Rays hit at least one homer, they have a 39-41 record.