MLB Betting: Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees – June 14, 2018
Matchup at a Glance
Where: Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York
When: Thursday June 14th at 7:05 PM ET
Spread: New York Yankees -158
Quick Pick: Tampa Bay Rays +138 for 3 units
BetDSI has the New York Yankees listed as -158 moneyline favorites against the Tampa Bay Rays. The New York Yankees enter this game winners of three of their last five including a 1-1 series split against the Washington Nationals at home earlier in the week that concluded with a 4-5 loss on Wednesday. The Tampa Bay Rays enter this game winners of four of their last five including a 3-0 series sweep at home against the Toronto Blue Jays that concluded on Wednesday with a 1-0 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 32-35 overall and 17-19 on the road. The Tampa Bay Rays have been below .500 for most of the season, but have been playing well these past few games going 4-1 in their last five, but they are a rebuilding team that will not make the playoffs. They are three games below .500 and are in 3rd place in the AL East behind the Yankees and Red Sox and trail the division leading New York Yankees by 14 games.
Tampa Bay is 17-19 on the road, 20-11 after a win, 14-16 in divisional games and 17-22 as an underdog. Blake Snell will take the mound on Thursday for the Tampa Bay Rays. Snell is 8-3 on the season with a 2.30 ERA with 89 strikeouts over 82 1/3rd innings pitched. C.J. Cron leads the team in home runs, RBIs and runs with 15 home runs, 36 RBIs and 37 runs. Tampa Bay is averaging 4.07 runs per game which ranks 24th in the MLB. The Rays are allowing 4.16 runs per game which ranks 14th in the MLB.
New York Yankees
The Yankees are 43-20 overall and 23-10 at home. The New York Yankees have the best winning percentage in the MLB at .683 and have been battling the Red Sox for the best record for most of the season. New York is almost a virtual lock to make the playoffs as at worst they will be a wild card team. They are currently 23 games above .500 and lead the AL East by 1 game over the Boston Red Sox. New York is 23-10 at home, 14-5 after a loss, 15-9 in divisional games and 38-16 as a favorite. Domingo German will take the mound on Thursday for the New York Yankees.
German is 0-4 on the season with a 5.32 ERA with 53 strikeouts over 47 1/3rd innings pitched. Aaron Judge leads the team in home runs, RBIs and runs with 18 home runs, 45 RBIs and 44 runs. New York is averaging 5.45 runs per game which ranks 1st in the MLB. The Yankees are allowing 3.97 runs per game which ranks 8th in the MLB.
Tampa Bay wins as an underdog
Blake Snell is arguably the best pitcher in the Rays rotations whereas German is one of the worst in the Yankees rotation. The bullpen of the Yankees has also been underwhelming for most of the season after entering the season hyped as one of the best. I look for the Rays to steal the first game of this series, but ultimately lose the series. Make sure to bet this match-up on BetDSI.
Pick: Tampa Bay Rays +138 for 3 units