MLB Betting: Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees – July 23, 2018

by | Jul 23, 2018 | Baseball

Matchup at a Glance

Where: Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida
When: Monday, July 23rd at 7:10 PM ET
Spread: New York Yankees -220
Total: 8.5
Quick Pick: New York Yankees -220 for 2 units

BookMakers has the New York Yankees listed as -220 money line favorites against the Tampa Bay Rays. The New York Yankees enter this game, losers of three of their last five including a 1-1 series split at home against the New York Mets over the weekend after the game was postponed on Sunday. The Tampa Bay Rays enter this game, losers of three of their last five including a 1-2 series loss at home against the Miami Marlins that concluded on Sunday with a 6-4 win. Let’s take a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the underdog Tampa Bay Rays.

Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays are 50-49 overall and 27-19 at home. The Rays are a competitive team this season, but they aren’t going to make the playoffs and with the way, both the Red Sox and Yankees are built they probably won’t be making the playoffs for a while. They are currently one game above .500 and are in 3rd place in the AL East behind the Red Sox and Yankees and trail the division-leading Boston Red Sox by 19 games.

Tampa Bay is 27-19 at home, 30-19 after a win, 18-19 in divisional games and 27-30 as underdogs. Matt Andriese will take the mound on Monday for the Tampa Bay Rays. Andriese is 2-4 on the season with a 4.34 ERA with 54 strikeouts over 56 innings pitched.

C.J. Cron leads the team in home runs and runs with 19 home runs and 45 runs. Wilson Ramos leads the team in RBIs with 53. Tampa Bay is averaging 4.18 runs per game which ranks 22nd in the MLB. The Rays are allowing 3.98 runs per game which ranks 6th in the MLB.

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New York Yankees

The Yankees are 63-34 overall and 29-20 on the road.  The Yankees are starting to fall behind the Red Sox, but are still alive for the division and the 1 seed in the AL if they are able to catch and pass the Red Sox. They are currently twenty-nine games above .500 and are in 2nd place in the AL East trailing the Boston Red Sox by 5 games.

New York is 29-20 on the road, 37-26 after a win, 24-17 in divisional games and 57-27 as favorites. Luis Severino will take the mound on Monday for the New York Yankees. Severino is 14-2 on the season with a 2.31 ERA with 144 strikeouts over 128 1/3rd innings pitched.

Aaron Judge leads the team in home runs, RBIs and runs with 26 home runs, 61 RBIs, and 68 runs. New York is averaging 5.21 runs per game which ranks 3rd in the MLB. The Yankees are allowing 3.87 runs per game which ranks 4th in the MLB.

Severino picks up win 15 against the Rays

New York has the 2nd best record in the MLB and rank in the top 4 in both runs scored and runs allowed per game and will be sending their ace to the mound on Monday. Severino is having a CY Young caliber season with a 2.31 ERA and 144 strikeouts. The Tampa Bay Rays are a rebuilding team that doesn’t match up to the caliber of the Yankees. I look for the Yankees to easily win this game and the series against the Rays. Make sure to bet this match-up on BookMaker.

· FREE PICK: New York Yankees -220 for 2 units

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