Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees
The New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays meet on Tuesday in game one of their series at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. The Rays are -120 favorites over the Yankees with an over/under run total set at 9.
The New York Yankees are in an unfamiliar spot in the A.L. East standings as they are near the bottom looking up at the leaders. The Yankees are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 7-6 at home this season, and they are in fourth place in the A.L. East standing, four games behind the division leading Rays. As a team The Yankees are hitting .272 with Derek Jeter at .397, Curtis Granderson at .284, and Nick Swisher at .279. As a team the Yankees pitching staff has an ERA of 4.26 with the starters at 5.54 and the bullpen at 2.12. For game one against the Rays New York starts Ivan Nova who has been hit pretty hard thus far this year. For the season Nova has allowed 45 hits and 19 earned runs while striking out 28 over 30.2 innings of work for a 5.58 ERA.
The Tampa bay Rays have been one of baseball’s best teams thus far as despite losing Evan Longoria to the DL they are winning plenty of games. The Rays are 7-3 in their last 10 games, 6-7 on the road this season, and they are in second place in the A.L. East standings. As a team the Rays are hitting .248 with Matt Joyce hitting .292, Desmond Jennings hitting .270, and Carlos Pena hitting .252. As a team the Rays pitching staff has an ERA of 3.81 with the starters at 3.51 and the bullpen at 4.45. For game one against the Yankees Tampa Bay starts James Shields who has won his last five starts. For the season Shields has allowed 39 hits and 14 earned runs while striking out 39 over 41.1 innings of work for a 3.05 ERA.
New York is 6-2 in their last eight games against the A.L. East, 1-4 in their last five games following a win, and 10-3 in Nova’s last 13 home starts. Tampa Bay is 4-1 in their last five road games, 12-3 in their last 15 games overall, and 6-0 in Shields’ last six starts. Tampa Bay has win the last seven games between these two.
The Rays have owned this series and given the match up here there is no reason to believe the Rays don’t win again in this spot.
Tampa Bay Rays -120 New York Yankees