Chris Archer (3-5, 5.16 ERA) and Masahiro Tanaka (2-0, 3.24 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays (21-24) and the New York Yankees (22-24) at Tropicana Field. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 27 and can be seen on WPIX and SUN.
Archer pitched 3.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering six runs, striking out four and walking one in a 9-4 defeat to the Tigers. Brandon Guyer (.315, 20 Rs, 6 HRs, 14 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Tanaka went 7.0 innings, surrendering one run, striking out four and walking two in a 5-1 win over the Athletics in his last outing. Jacoby Ellsbury (.277, 19 Rs, 2 HRs, 15 RBIs, 9 SBs) went 1 for 1 yesterday.
The odds for Tampa Bay and New York are Rays -110, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 7.
The Yankees lead the season series, 2-1.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB
The Yankees are struggling at 7-11 in their division, while the Rays sit at 11-10.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Rays are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Yankees have a 6-1 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they are outhit, the Rays are 3-18. The Yankees have a 4-21 record when opponents outhit them.
Tampa Bay ranks at the top of the league when it comes to home runs this season with 67. New York ranks in the bottom half at 16th with 47.
Ranking 23rd, New York is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.87 per game. Tampa Bay ranks in the bottom half at 20th with 8.02.
Ranking 24th, New York is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.690). Tampa Bay ranks in the top half at 11th with an OPS of .741.
When the Yankees allow at least one home run, they are 13-18. When the Rays allow one or more homers, they have a 9-22 record.