Alex Colome (2-0, 1.80 ERA) and CC Sabathia (0-5, 5.45 ERA) take the hill in the first of a four-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays (17-15) and the New York Yankees (20-12) at Tropicana Field. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 11 and can be seen on YES and SunSports.
Colome pitched 5.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs and striking out four in a 5-3 win over the Red Sox. Brandon Guyer (.294, 10 Rs, 2 HRs, 11 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one RBI. Sabathia is 12-14 with a 3.83 ERA against the Rays in his career. He is up against a below-average Tampa Bay offense that's batting just .235. Brett Gardner (.313, 22 Rs, 2 HRs, 13 RBIs, 10 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one stolen base.
The odds for Tampa Bay and New York are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at eight runs. Within its division, Tampa Bay has a record of 13-12 SU. The Rays have seen a decline in scoring against teams inside their division, averaging 3.3 runs per game. They average 3.9 runs per game on the season. Opposing batters know they're in for a battle when they play Tampa Bay. The Rays are the top team when it comes to pitching, allowing a league-low 3.5 runs per game. The Rays are the third-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.13 so far this season.
The Yankees are 14-10 against fellow AL East members. The Yankees can change the game with one swing of the bat, ranking fourth in the league with 38 home runs. New York's pitching staff has set the standard for its league, with an AL-low 3.34 ERA. The Yankees have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an AL-best 8.6 strikeouts per game, making them one of the top five teams in the league.
The Yankees have controlled the season series, 5-1. The Rays have a 4-4 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Sabathia takes the mound. Colome (RHP) will be on the hill against the Yankees, who have a very good 14-7 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYY, O/U - Over
The Rays are 13-12 against their divisional rivals, while the Yankees are 15-10 against their division.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Rays are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Yankees have a 4-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Rays are 1-10. The Yankees have a 4-10 record when opponents outhit them.
Tampa Bay ranks in the top half of the league at 11th when it comes to home runs, hitting 29 this season. New York ranks in the top five at fourth with 38.
Ranking 12th, Tampa Bay is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.90 per game. New York ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 8.45.
Ranking 22nd, Tampa Bay is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.691). New York ranks in the top 10 at eighth with an OPS of .744.
When the Yankees allow at least one home run, they are 11-8. When the Rays allow one or more homers, they have an 8-9 record.