In the third of a four-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays (18-16) and the New York Yankees (18-16) at Tropicana Field, Nathan Karns (2-1, 3.79 ERA) and Adam Warren (2-1, 4.65 ERA) get the start. The Rays won the last game 4-2 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May. 13 and will air on YES and SunSports.
In his most recent outing, Karns pitched 7.0 innings, giving up two runs, striking out nine and walking two in an 8-2 victory over the Rangers. David DeJesus (.311, 9 Rs, 2 HRs, 13 RBIs, 1 SB) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 3 with two RBIs. In his pitching opportunities against the Rays, Warren is 0-1 with a 3.62 ERA. He gets a struggling Tampa Bay offense that's batting just .234. Brett Gardner (.318, 24 Rs, 3 HRs, 16 RBIs, 10 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Yankees, going 2 for 3 yesterday with one run.
Tampa Bay is a small -110 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at seven runs. The Rays are 7-8 as the favorite and have an overall money line of +72. They have an SU record of 13-13 against teams in their division and a 5-6 record when they were the favorite in those games. Within their division, Tampa Bay's offense has been struggling. Tampa Bay has only averaged 3.4 runs per game compared to its 3.8 season average. Turning to the pitching staff, the Rays are third in the league in WHIP at 1.14.
Moving on to the away team, the Yankees come into this game with a solid win percentage of .625 when playing as the underdog (10-6) and an overall money line of +898. Against teams in their division, they are 16-10 SU and have played well as the underdog with a 7-5 record. The Yankees are known for their bats, hitting 115 extra base hits. The Yankees are a problem for opposing batters, sporting an AL-low 3.29 ERA this season. They also have some of the most overpowering arms in the AL with an average of 8.9 strikeouts per game.
The Yankees had the upper hand against the Rays in their previous eight games this season, earning a 6-2 record. The Rays will take on a right-hander (Warren) in this game and have a 13-10 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Karns will take the mound against the Yankees. Against righty starters this season, they've racked up an impressive 16-7 record.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYY, O/U - Over
The Rays are 14-13 against their divisional rivals, while the Yankees are 16-11 against their division.
The Rays are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Yankees have a 7-6 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Rays are 2-11. The Yankees have a 4-10 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 10th in home runs, Tampa Bay has hit 31 this season. New York ranks third with 43 home runs.
Ranking 12th, Tampa Bay is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.79 per game. New York ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 8.61.
Ranking 23rd, Tampa Bay is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.688). New York ranks in the top 10 at sixth with an OPS of .752.
When the Yankees allow at least one home run, they are 12-8. When the Rays allow one or more homers, they have an 8-10 record.