Matt Andriese (0-0, 3.86 ERA) and Michael Pineda (1-0, 5.11 ERA) take the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays (6-6) and the New York Yankees (5-6) at Tropicana Field. The Yankees won the last game 9-0 and New York leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 1:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Apr. 19 and can be seen on PIX11 and SunSports.
Andriese pitched 3.2 innings in his last outing, surrendering two runs, striking out two and walking one in a 3-2 defeat to the Blue Jays. Pineda is 1-1 with a 2.88 ERA against the Rays in his career. He takes on a below-average Tampa Bay offense that's batting just .223. Brett Gardner (.296, 8 Rs, 1 HR, 4 RBIs, 3 SBs) has been successful at the plate to the start the season, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs, one RBI, and two stolen bases.
New York is a narrow -109 favorite over Tampa Bay. The matchup has an estimated Over/Under (O/U) of seven runs. The Rays have recorded an overall money line of +145 and have shown high-level performance as an underdog this season with a record of 5-3. Within its division, Tampa Bay has a 1-2 as the underdog and a 4-4 SU. The Rays have seen a decline in scoring against teams inside their division, averaging 3.6 runs per game. They average 4.4 runs per game on the season. Tampa Bay is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 12 bases. Crossing over to the pitching staff, the Rays are the second-best team in the AL at limiting hits during home games, allowing only 5.5 hits per game to their opponents this season. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Rays, who rank fifth in the AL in strikeouts per game with 7.8.
In the other locker room, New York is coming in with an overall money line of -253 and a disappointing record of 2-3as the favorite. They have played poorly as the favorite with a 2-3 record against AL East rivals, and a 4-6 record SU. New York is excellent at drawing walks with 3.8 per game, ranking fourth in the AL. The Yankees have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an AL-best 9.5 strikeouts per game, making them one of the top five teams in the league.
The Yankees have the edge in the season series, 2-0. The Rays have a 5-3 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Pineda takes the mound. Andriese (RHP) will be on the hill against the Yankees, who have a 3-4 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB, O/U - Over
The Rays are 4-5 against their divisional rivals, while the Yankees are 5-6 against their division.
When leading after 7 innings, New York is 2-3, while Tampa Bay is 1-4.
The Rays managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Yankees who are coming in with a 3-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the Yankees have a slight leg up on the Rays, as the Yankees have won their last two games while the Rays have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rays are 5-1. The Yankees have a 2-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 14th in runs, Tampa Bay has earned 48 this season. New York ranks fifth with 59 runs.
Tampa Bay and New York both rank in the top five of the league in walks. Tampa Bay sits at second with 50 this season and New York ranks third with 43.
The Rays are 4-5 when they hit at least one home run. New York has the same record when hitting one or more homers.