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Yankees vs. Rays Predictions, Odds, Preview

May 11, 2021
Kevin Rogers
MLB Expert

New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays Predictions

Score Prediction - Yankees 5, Rays 2

Tampa Bay returns home from a successful road swing as the Rays face the Yankees for the third series this season.

New York looks to avenge a three-game sweep at the hands of Tampa Bay last month as the Yankees try to take advantage of the Rays' current woes at Tropicana Field.

New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays - Best Bets

  • New York -135

New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays Game Odds

  • New York -135
  • Tampa Bay +110
  • New York (-1.5) +125
  • Tampa Bay (+1.5) -155
  • Over (8) -110
  • Under (8) -110

Odds per BetMGM - Subject to Change

Jordan Montgomery takes the mound for the Yankees tonight as they start a crucial road set for the Rays at Tropicana Field. (AP)

New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays - Betting Analysis

  • Venue: Tropicana Field
  • Location: St. Petersburg, Florida
  • TV-Time: ESPN - 7:00 p.m. ET

New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays - Current Form

The Yankees and Rays are tied for second place in the American League East, each three games behind the Red Sox for the top spot in the division.

New York leads Tampa Bay by one percentage point as the Yankees have played two less games and own an 18-16 record.

The Rays enter Tuesday's action off a 5-2 west coast trip to forge above the .500 mark at 19-17, although Tampa Bay has slumped to a 7-10 home ledger.

New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays - Series History

Tampa Bay has dominated New York this season by capturing five of six meetings, including pulling off a three-game sweep at Yankee Stadium in mid-April.

Four of the six matchups have finished 'over' the total, while the Yankees scored only seven runs in the last three-game set against the Rays.

Pitching Matchup

New York: Jordan Montgomery (1-1, 4.41 ERA)

The Yankees have alternated wins and losses in Montgomery's last five outings, coming off a 6-3 home victory over the Astros his last time out.

Montgomery owns a 5.58 ERA on the road, while allowing 4 ER each in two starts against Tampa Bay this season, as the Yankees have gone 1-1 in those contests.

Tampa Bay: Luis Patino (1-0, 1.17 ERA)

Patino is making his second start with the Rays as he came over from the Padres in the offseason deal that sent Cy Young winner Blake Snell to San Diego.

The right-hander has struck out 10 batters and walked one in 7.2 innings of work, while striking out five in three innings of work in his previous appearance, an 8-3 win over the Angels on May 4.

Trends to Watch

New York

  • Over 4-1 last five series openers
  • 4-6 on road vs. AL East

Tampa Bay

  • 4-1 last five vs. LHP starters
  • 0-3 last three home series openers

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