Heading into game two of this AL East matchup, it will be Carlos Rodón on the mound for the Yankees (55-51, 32-25 home), facing off against the Rays (65-44, 28-25 away) and Zach Eflin. Find out my prediction for today’s Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees game in New York.
TAMPA BAY RAYS VS NEW YORK YANKEES BETTING PICK
The Pick: Tampa Bay Rays -114
This game will be played at Yankee Stadium at 7:05 ET on Tuesday, August 1st.
WHY BET THE TAMPA BAY RAYS:
- Coming into the game, the Yankees have gone just 1-4 in their last five home games.
- On the road, the Rays have picked up two straight victories.
- The Yankees’ are just 1-3 in Carlos Rodón’s four starts.
TAMPA BAY RAYS HAVE BEEN GOOD AGAINST THE AL EAST
Heading into this divisional matchup vs. the Yankees, the Rays have an overall record of 65-44. This mark includes going 19-13 against divisional foes. Currently, they are 2nd in the AL East. Tampa Bay’s overall series record sits at 18-11-4.
Zach Eflin is making his 21st start of the season, boasting an 11-6 record and a 3.64 ERA. His batting average allowed is .230, and teams have a slugging percentage of .367 against him. On the road, he has gone 1-4 with a 6.05 ERA; however, at home he has been dominant with 10 wins and an ERA of 2.93.
After a defeat to the Marlins, Zach Eflin was unable to contain the opposition, allowing five runs on seven hits in four innings of work.
So far this season, the Rays’ has gone deep 159 times, placing them 4th in the league. Over Tampa Bay’s previous five games, they are 13th in runs scored, with their season average of 5.2 runs per game putting them 4th in the league. The Rays’ overall team batting average stands at .255 along with an OBP of .327.
The Tampa Bay Rays have been bolstered by the offensive production of Wander Franco this season. The 2023 campaign has seen the young star hit .267 with 49 RBIs and 13 home runs.
WILL THE NEW YORK YANKEES TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
106 games into their season, the Yankees are 5th in the AL East on an overall record of 55-51. Against other teams in the AL East, New York is 14-20 while their overall series win percent sits at 55%. At home, the Yankees are 32-25 and 23-26 on the road.
Carlos Rodón will take the mound for the Yankees with an overall record of 1-3. In his four appearances this season, he has posted a 5.75 ERA and 6.64 K/9 rate. His FIP is 6.28 and opponents have a .309 OBP against him.
Carlos Rodón earned the victory in the Yankees’ 3-1 triumph over the Mets, surrendering one run on four hits.
As a team, New York has scuffled at the plate over their last ten games, with a combined batting average of just .207. Compared to other teams, this is just 27th in that span. When looking at the team’s power numbers, they have a season-long slugging percentage of .403% while going deep a total of 146 times (5th). Overall, the Yankees are 19th in the MLB at 4.3 runs per contest.
Giancarlo Stanton has been the leader of the Yankees’ offensive charge over their last ten games, having hit two home runs. His season-long total stands at 14, but his overall batting average is a mere .198.