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Ray Of Hope
The over is the play when the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays hook up in St. Petersburg. The over has connected in each of the past four games against teams with a winning record, and the over is a whopping 36-13-2 in the past 51 road games for the Yankees. In addition, the over is 18-7-1 in the past 26 on the road against winning teams, 5-1 in the past six against divisional foes and 15-7 in the past 22 overall. However, LHP JA Happ puts that to the test, as the under is 4-1-1 in the past six starts overall, and 5-1 in his past six outings against an American League East opponent.

For the Rays, the over is 2-0-2 in the past four games overall, and 2-0-2 in the past four home games, too. The over is also 3-0-1 in the past four inside the division while going 8-3-2 in Tampa Bay's past 13 games against teams with a winning percentage over .600. As far as Yonny Chirinos is concerned, the under is 5-0-1 in the past six games overll, and 5-0-1 in his past six against teams with a winning overall record, too. However, in this series, the over is 5-0-1 in the past six battles at Tropicana Field.

 Looking Ahead

Thursday, July 4
The Phillies and Braves play in the third game of a three-game set at SunTrust Park in Atlanta. The over has connected in six of the past eight road games against teams with a winning record for Philadelphia. The over is also 8-3 in their past 11 overall against winning teams, and 7-3-1 in the past 11 road games vs. RHP. The over is also 3-1-1 in RHP Zach Eflin's past five against winning teams. For the Braves, the over is 11-2-1 in the past 14 home games vs. RHP, while going 4-1-1 in RHP Mike Soroka's past six outings. The under is 7-2-1 in Atlanta's past 10, however, and 5-0 in Soroka's past five starts against a team with a winning record.

RHP Dinelson Lamet returns from the 10-day injured list for the Padres, and he will face LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu of the Dodgers. The over is 2-0-2 in San Diego's past four road outings, while cashing in each of their past seven divisional games. The over is also 18-7-5 in the past 30 games overall for the Padres, and 7-3 in the past 10 road games vs. LHP. While the under is 5-2 in the past seven for Lamet, and 5-2 in his past seven starts against winning teams, he might not go terribly deep in this one, so the total will depend on the bullpen. The over is 5-1-1 in L.A.'s past seven games overall, and 7-1-2 in their past 10 vs. RHP. The over is also a perfect 6-0 in the past six against teams with a losing overall mark. In this series, the over is 8-2-1 in the past 11 meetings, and 12-3-1 in the past 16 in L.A.

Wind Report
Winds will be rather variable across all MLB venues with the exception of one stadium. The Angels and Rangers wrap up their three-game set on Thursday in Arlington. The winds will be gusting in from 10-13 mph from right field into the face of the batters.

Friday, July 5
The Phillies and Mets kick off a new series at Citi Field with RHP Vince Velasquez agaisnt RHP Jacob deGrom. It's been all under all the time for Velasquez. The under is 8-1 in the past nine starts overall, while going 5-1 in his past six road outings. The under is also 5-1 in his past six against NL East clubs, and 5-0 in his past five starts against a losing team. For the Mets, the under is 3-0-2 in their past five against right-handed starting pitching heading into Thursday's game. The over is 16-6-4 in the past 26 for the Mets after a scheduled day off, and 8-3-2 in the past 13 against NL East foes. The over is 6-2-1 in deGrom's past nine starts overall, while going 3-0-1 in deGrom's past four against NL East teams.

The Marlins and Braves open a new series in Atlanta. RHP Jordan Yamamoto and RHP Julio Teheran will lock horns at SunTrust Park in the opener. The under is 8-2 in the past 10 road games, and 8-2 in their past 10 on the road against teams with a winning home record. The under is also 7-2 in the past nine on the road vs. RHP. The under is 7-2-1 in the past 10 games overall, but the over is 15-5-1 in their past 21 at home heading into Thursday's battle. For Teheran, the over is 4-0 in his past four at home, 4-0 in his past four at home against teams with a losing record, and 8-3 in his past 11 when working on five days of rest. The over is also 5-1 in Teheran's past six home outings against the Marlins.

LHP Eric Lauer of the Padres squares off against LHP Clayton Kershaw, who is looking to bounce back after a loss at Coors Field against the Rockies last time out. The over is an impressive 5-1-2 in the past eight road outings by Lauer, and 5-2 in his past seven inside the division. However, the under is 6-2-2 in the past 10 starts against a team with a winning overall record, and 5-2-1 in the past eight starts overall. The over is 5-1 across Kershaw's past six outings at Chavez Ravine, and 7-3 in his past 10 starts overall. The over is also 9-2-1 in his past 12 starts against teams with a losing overall mark, too.

Wind Report
All outdoor venues on Friday will face winds of 9 mph or less. Perhaps the only place winds will play a factor will be the Cardinals-Giants battle at Oracle Park, with winds blowing 8-11 mph to the left-center field power alley.

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