This game could be low scoring as Chase Whitley (first start) and the New York Yankees (12-8) meet Jake Odorizzi (2-1, 1.65 ERA) and the Tampa Bay Rays (11-9) in the second of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees won the last game 4-1 and New York leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 7:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Apr. 28 and will air on SunSports and YES.
Masahiro Tanaka had his start pushed back a day, so the Yankees have called up Chase Whitley to make this start. Brett Gardner (.316, 14 Rs, 1 HR, 6 RBIs, 5 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one RBI. In his pitching opportunities against the Yankees, Odorizzi is 2-2 with a 4.66 ERA, 25 strikeouts and 10 walks. Steven Souza Jr. (.254, 7 Rs, 4 HRs, 11 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
New York, a -123 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Tampa Bay. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is eight runs. The Yankees are 5-4 as the favorite and have an overall money line of +293. They are 3-1 as the favorite over their last 10 games. The Yankees are a power hitting team with an MLB-best 27 home runs. Over their past 10 games, New York's pitchers have been playing lights out, only allowing 2.9 runs per game, below their season average of 4.1. The have been extremely effective at striking opposing batters out, averaging 9.1 strikeouts per game.
Across the field, the Rays have a nice record of 6-4 when they are the underdog and are +344 overall with the money line. Against fellow AL East members, they are 9-7 SU and have played well as the underdog with a 4-3 record. The Rays rank fourth in the AL in road scoring, averaging five runs per game. Switching gears to Tampa Bay's pitching staff, they allow just 6.8 hits per game, good for tops in the AL. They also have some of the most overpowering arms in the AL with an average of 8.1 strikeouts per game.
So far this season, the Yankees are 4-0 against the Rays. This game will feature Odorizzi (RHP) on the mound against the Yankees, who have a 7-6 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Rays will be the right-hander Tanaka. They sport an 8-5 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYY, O/U - Over
The Yankees hold a 7-6 record this season against teams in the AL East Division. The Rays' record in these matchups is 9-8.
Neither the Yankees nor the Rays have won a game in extra innings, both going 0-1 in such matchups.
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 outhit their opponents, the Rays are 10-1. The Yankees have a 7-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 12th, Tampa Bay sits in the top half of the league in runs, scoring 82 this season. New York ranks in the top five at third with 103.
New York and Tampa Bay both rank in the top five of the league in walks. New York sits at second with 80 this season and Tampa Bay ranks third with 72.
When the Yankees hit at least one home run, they are 9-7, well-matched with the Rays who are 7-6 when hitting one or more homers.