Nathan Karns (1-1, 4.97 ERA) and Adam Warren (0-1, 1.69 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays (6-4) and the New York Yankees (3-6) at Tropicana Field. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Apr. 17 and can be seen on YES and SunSports.
Karns pitched 7.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering one, striking out six and walking two in an 8-5 win over the Marlins. Kevin Kiermaier (.344, 8 Rs, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs) kept up his hot start yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs. When pitching against the Rays, Warren is 0-1 with a 3.06 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, and 12 strikeouts. Alex Rodriguez (.286 ) has been successful at the plate to the start the season, going 2 for 3 Wednesday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Tampa Bay is a narrow -115 favorite at home against New York. The matchup has an estimated Over/Under (O/U) of seven runs. The Rays have an overall money line of +150 and a record as the favorite of 1-1. The Rays are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 33. Tampa Bay is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 11 bases. As for the pitchers, opponents have consistently been struck out by the Rays, who lead the AL in strikeouts per home game with 9.7.
In games where it is the underdog, New York has a 1-3 record and an overall money line of -353. They have played poorly as the underdog with a 1-3 record against AL East rivals, and a 3-6 record SU. The Yankees can change the game with one swing of the bat, ranking third in the league with 13 home runs. The Yankees have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an AL-best 9.6 strikeouts per game, making them one of the top five teams in the league.
The Rays have a 4-2 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Warren takes the mound. Karns (RHP) will be on the hill against the Yankees, who have a 2-4 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB, O/U - Over
The Yankees are struggling at 3-6 in their division, while the Rays sit at 4-3.
Neither the Rays nor the Yankees have won a game in extra innings, both going 0-1 in such matchups.
The Yankees managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Rays who are heading in with a 3-3 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
Neither the Rays (5-0) nor the Yankees (1-0) have lost a game when they outhit opponents.
Tampa Bay and New York both rank in the top 10 of the league in runs. Tampa Bay sits at ninth with 44 runs this season and New York ranks seventh with 45.
Ranking first in walks, Tampa Bay has earned 45 this season. New York ranks eighth with 32 walks.
When the Rays hit at least one home run, they are 4-4. When the Yankees hit at least one homer, they have a 2-5 record.