Masahiro Tanaka (4-3, 3.88 ERA) and Chris Archer (9-5, 2.31 ERA) take the hill in the first of a three-game series between the New York Yankees (42-37) and the Tampa Bay Rays (42-39) at Yankee Stadium. The Rays come into this series hoping to snap a five-game losing streak. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Jul. 3 and can be seen on SunSports, YES and MLB Net.
Tanaka is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA in his appearances against the Rays, and goes up against a below-average Tampa Bay offense which is batting just .240 this season. Brett Gardner (.304, 58 Rs, 9 HRs, 39 RBIs, 15 SBs) went 1 for 4 Wednesday. Archer is 5-0 with a 2.02 ERA against the Yankees in his career. He takes on a good New York offense that's batting .256. Joey Butler (.314, 21 Rs, 6 HRs, 21 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run.
New York is a -122 favorite against Tampa Bay and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Yankees have an overall money line of -220 and a record as the favorite of 24-17. Within its division, New York has a 9-7 record as favorite and a 17-15 record SU. The Yankees are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 251. New York is one of the best in the AL in terms of walks, earning an average of 3.2 per game. Turning to the pitchers, the Yankees are the second-best team in the AL at limiting walks to their opponents, allowing only 2.6 walks per game so far this season. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Yankees, who rank second in the AL in strikeouts per game with 8.4.
In games where it is the underdog, Tampa Bay has a 21-19 record and an overall money line of +292. They have been on a bit of a dry streak over their last 10 games. They managed a 0-3 record when playing as the underdog. Offensively, the Rays have really sputtered in the last 10 games. They have decreased their season average of 3.6 runs per game by averaging 2.3 during that stretch. The Rays are an excellent base stealing team with 59 stolen bases, ranking fifth in the MLB. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Rays are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.20 for the season.
The Yankees lead the season series, 6-4. The Yankees have a 31-27 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Archer takes the mound. Tanaka (RHP) will be on the hill against the Rays, who have a 27-30 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYY, O/U - Over
The Yankees hold a 17-15 record this season against teams in the AL East Division. The Rays' record in these matchups is 20-18.
When leading after 7 innings, Tampa Bay is 16-16, while New York is 19-23.
The Yankees managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Rays who are coming in with a 6-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Yankees are 6-28. The Rays have a 7-26 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 15th in home runs, Tampa Bay has hit 71 this season. New York ranks second with 104 home runs.
Ranking 13th, Tampa Bay is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.99 per game. New York ranks in the top five at fifth with 8.86.
Ranking 24th, Tampa Bay is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.681). New York ranks in the top five at fourth with an OPS of .752.
The Rays are 17-29 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Yankees are 21-29 when they allow at least one homer.