In the second of a three-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays (6-5) and the New York Yankees (6-5) at Tropicana Field, Jake Odorizzi (2-0, 0.61 ERA) and Masahiro Tanaka (1-1, 7.00 ERA) get the start. The Yankees won the last game 5-4 and New York leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 18 and will air on SunSports and FS1.
Odorizzi has a 4.70 ERA and a 2-1 record in his career against the Yankees, but faces a less-than-stellar New York offense that's hitting just .222 on the year. In his career against the Rays, Tanaka is 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and five strikeouts. Alex Rodriguez (.344, 6 Rs, 4 HRs, 11 RBIs) has been doing well to start the season for the Yankees, going 3 for 4 yesterday with two runs, two home runs, and four RBIs.
Tampa Bay, a -119 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against New York. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is seven runs. The Rays are 1-1 as the favorite and have an overall money line of +250. The Rays rank fourth in the majors in extra base hits with 35. The Rays are a nightmare for opponents on the bases with 12 steals, one of the highest totals in baseball. Transitioning to the pitching staff, an area where the Rays are particularly strong at home is striking batters out, where they average an AL-best 9.7 K's per home game.
Switching gears, the Yankees come into this game with a win percentage of .250 when playing as the underdog (1-3) and an overall money line of -353. Against teams in their division, they are 3-6 SU and have played poorly as the underdog with a 1-3 record. They also have some of the most overpowering arms in the AL with an average of 9.6 strikeouts per game.
The only other game between the two teams went New York's way. This game will feature Tanaka (RHP) on the mound against the Rays, who have a 5-2 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Yankees will be the right-hander Odorizzi. They sport a 2-4 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB, O/U - Over
This season, the Rays hold an even 4-4 record against AL East teams. The Yankees sit at 4-6 against these opponents.
Tampa Bay and New York have both won 25% (1-3) of their games when they lead after 7 innings.
The Rays managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Yankees who are coming in with a 2-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
With records of 1-3 and 2-6 respectively, the Rays and the Yankees both perform poorly when they are outhit by their opponent.
New York tops the league in home runs with 16 this season. Tampa Bay ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 12.
Tampa Bay and New York both rank in the top 10 of the league in hits. Tampa Bay sits at seventh with 7.70 hits per game and New York ranks sixth with 8.11.
Ranking 11th, New York is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.713). Tampa Bay ranks in the top 10 at eighth with an OPS of .732.
The Yankees are 3-5 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Rays are 1-4 when they allow at least one homer.