Adam Warren (1-1, 5.40 ERA) and Nathan Karns (1-1, 5.32 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the New York Yankees (11-8) and the Tampa Bay Rays (11-8) at Yankee Stadium. The Rays come into this series hoping to extend a five-game winning streak. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Monday, Apr. 27 and can be seen on SunSports and YES.
Warren is 0-1 with a 4.15 ERA, 1.57 WHIP, and 14 strikeouts against the Rays. Chris Young (.320, 9 Rs, 4 HRs, 10 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI. When pitching against the Yankees, Karns is 0-0 with a 3.60 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and seven strikeouts. Tim Beckham (.302, 9 Rs, 3 HRs, 10 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate to the start the season for the Rays, going 2 for 3 yesterday with two runs.
New York is a -139 favorite against Tampa Bay and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Yankees have an overall money line of +193 and a record as the favorite of 4-4. Within its division, New York has a 3-3 record as favorite and a 6-6 record SU. The Yankees are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 66. New York is one of the best in the AL in terms of walks at home, earning an average of 3.6 per game. New York's pitchers fall apart when division rivals are on the field. Its average runs allowed per game rises to 4.7 against fellow AL East members, compared to its 4.1 season average. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Yankees, who rank second in the AL in strikeouts per game with 9.1.
Over in the other dugout, Tampa Bay is coming in with an overall money line of +344 and an impressive record of 6-4 as the dog. They have been playing solid baseball as the underdog with a 4-3 record against AL East rivals, and a 9-7 record SU. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Rays are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.13 for the season. The Rays have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an AL-best 8.1 strikeouts per game, making them one of the top five teams in the league.
The Yankees have the edge in the season series, 3-0. The Yankees have a 7-6 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Karns takes the mound. Warren (RHP) will be on the hill against the Rays, who have an 8-5 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYY, O/U - Over
This season, the Yankees hold an even 6-6 record against AL East teams. The Rays sit at 9-7 against these opponents.
New York has won 44% (4-5) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Tampa Bay has won 50% (4-4) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Yankees are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 10 strikeouts. The Rays have a record of 3-3 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they are outhit, the Rays are 1-6. The Yankees have a 3-7 record when opponents outhit them.
Tampa Bay ranks in the top 10 of the league at 10th when it comes to home runs, hitting 19 this season. New York ranks in the top five at second with 26.
Ranking 11th, Tampa Bay is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.83 per game. New York ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 8.22.
New York and Tampa Bay both rank in the top 10 of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. New York sits at sixth with an OPS of .752 and Tampa Bay ranks ninth with an OPS of .733.
When the Rays allow at least one home run, they are 4-5, well-matched with the Yankees who are 5-6 when allowing at least one homer.