Last Updated: 2019-06-18
The Tampa Bay Rays will be squaring off against their AL East foe New York Yankees. The matchup will get underway at 7:05 p.m. ET and YES Network will showcase the game.
Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees Odds
Vegas is listing Tampa Bay (+115) as the underdog to New York (-125). Gamblers are able to bet on the game’s total with odds posted at -115 for over 9.5 runs and -105 for under 9.5. Runline odds stand at -180 for picking the Rays +1.5 runs and +160 for the Yankees -1.5.
The Yankees are 44-27 straight up (SU) and 38-32 against the spread (ATS). The team’s gained 2.0 units for moneyline bettors and 6.3 units ATS. The Rays, on the other hand, are 43-29 SU and have gone 40-31 ATS. They’re up 1.8 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 7.3 units ATS.
New York games have had an over/under record of 38-29-3 so far in 2019. Tampa Bay has been a decent under bet with a total record of 28-38-5.
Right-hander Ryne Stanek is getting the nod for Tampa Bay. Stanek is 0-1 with a 2.45 ERA and 43 strikeouts. He’s 0-0 with six strikeouts and a 6.75 ERA against New York this year (two starts).
The Yankees are putting the ball in the left hand of J.A. Happ (6-3, 4.66 ERA), who has 61 strikeouts and 19 walks this season as well as a 1.19 WHIP. Happ has yet to face the Rays this year, but he made three starts against them in 2018, posting a 1-1 record with a 1.53 ERA and 11 strikeouts.
Tampa Bay’s pitching staff allowed 3.4 runs per game and its starters own a 2.75 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 10.11 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 3.39, along with a WHIP of 1.02.
The Rays offense has slashed .260/.335/.435 on its way to 4.7 runs scored per game in 2019, including 4.4 runs per game against divisional foes and 4.2 per game over the team’s last five outings (2-3 SU).
Tampa Bay’s hitters have been led by outfielders Tommy Pham and Avisail Garcia. Pham is slashing .294/.403/.468 with 10 home runs, 31 RBIs, 31 runs and six steals, while Garcia has a .295 average with 11 homers, 32 RBIs, 35 runs and six steals.
In the home-team dugout, New York’s pitchers have allowed 4.3 runs per game overall in 2019. The club’s starters have a 4.03 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 9.0 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.99 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 10.1 K/9. In 27 games against divisional foes, Yankees starters have an ERA of 3.50 and the bullpen’s ERA is 3.40.
The New York offense has put up 5.4 runs per outing, including 6.0 per game against divisional foes and 5.4 per game over its last five. The team has hit .265/.352/.429 over its last five contests and is 3-2 SU during that stretch.
Second baseman DJ LeMahieu and shortstop Gleyber Torres have led the Yankees’ offense this year. LeMahieu is slashing .311/.355/.459 with eight home runs, 43 RBIs and 45 runs scored, and Torres has produced a line of .282/.341/.516 with 15 homers, 36 RBIs and 41 runs scored.
The Rays have gained 1.2 units and are 16-9 ATS when facing a lefty starter this season. The over has hit in seven of those games, compared to 17 that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers.
Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Yankees, ATS Winner – Rays, O/U – OVER
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The under has hit in four of Tampa Bay’s last seven games.
New York has posted 24.0 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 23.4 over its last five.
The Rays have hit 12 home runs in their last 10 games. The Yankees have hit 14 over their last 10.
The Rays have an OPS of .770 this season, including an OPS of .727 against left-handed pitchers. The Yankees’ OPS stands at .785 overall and .675 against lefties.