Matt Moore (1-3, 5.47 ERA) and the Tampa Bay Rays (21-25) go up against Michael Pineda (2-5, 6.34 ERA) and the New York Yankees (23-24) in the second of a three-game division series at Tropicana Field. The Yankees won the last game 4-1, and New York leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 4:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 28 and will air on WPIX and SUN.
In his last start, Moore pitched 5.0 innings, allowing five runs, striking out three and walking one in a 7-6 loss to the Marlins. Steve Pearce (.297, 18 Rs, 8 HRs, 20 RBIs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. The Yankees were victorious over the Athletics 5-4 the last time Pineda pitched. He went 6.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out six and walking one. Jacoby Ellsbury (.283, 19 Rs, 2 HRs, 15 RBIs, 9 SBs) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 4 yesterday.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a Rays -105 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 8.
In their previous four games this season, the Yankees have a 3-1 record.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB
This season, the Rays hold an even 11-11 record against AL East teams. The Yankees sit at 8-11 against these opponents.
When leading after seven innings, New York is 13-11, while Tampa Bay is 9-9.
The Yankees are coming into this game after allowing no walks during their last outing. The Rays have a 2-2 record when opponents don't give up any walks.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rays are 15-4. The Yankees have a 17-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Both falling near the bottom of the league based on total runs this season, Tampa Bay ranks 21st with 189 runs and New York is 25th with 183.
Ranking 21st, Tampa Bay is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 138 this season. New York ranks in the top half with 145.
When the Rays hit at least one home run, they are 18-19. When the Yankees hit at least one homer, they have a 17-14 record.