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Jun 20, 2022

New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays Picks, Predictions, Odds

New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays Betting Analysis

The Tampa Bay Rays host the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field for the first of a three-game series on Monday, June 20, 2022.

The Yankees currently lead the American League East with a record of 49-17. New York is highlighted by their 20-10 mark on the road. The Rays are 13 games back in the American League East standings with records of 36-30 overall and 21-13 at home on the year.

New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays Betting Prediction

The New York Yankees enter this matchup first in the AL East standings with an 11-game lead over the second place Toronto Blue Jays. New York most recently went 2-1 SU in a three-game series against Toronto and have won nine of their last 10 games. The offense has been having a fantastic season, averaging 5.01 runs per game and scored 25 runs in the three games against the Blue Jays. Right fielder Aaron Judge has been the star of the show with a batting average of .305 (75-246), 25 home runs, and 50 RBIs.  

Tampa Bay is currently third in the AL East standings, 13 games behind the Yankees for first place. The Rays went 1-2 SU in their most recent series against the Orioles and have lost seven of their last 10 games. Tampa Bay offense is averaging 4.04 runs per game on the season, but have struggled as of late, averaging just 3.1 runs over their last 10 games. The first baseman Ji-Man-Choi has been the Rays most productive hitter with a batting average of .289 (44-152), six home runs, and 34 RBIs.  

The Yankees are leading the Rays this season with a 5-2 SU record in the seven games played. New York swept Tampa Bay last week, three games to none and split the first series two games apiece. I like the Yankees success to continue Monday. Cole has been excellent and allowed just two runs in two outings against the Rays this season. I expect the Rays to win at least one game in this series, but the chances are slim going up against Gerrit Cole. Backing New York moneyline here.  

Score Prediction: Yankees 4, Rays 3
Best Bet: Yankees ML

New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays Betting Odds

New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays Betting Resources

  • Date: Monday, June 20, 2022
  • Matchup: AL East
  • Location: St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Time-TV: 7:10 p.m. ET – MLB.tv

New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays – Current Form

In the second contest against the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday, the New York Yankees were in their best form in the last six games, not allowing the Toronto Blue Jays score one single run. Their best performance was in the third contest of a three-game series came when New York routed the Chicago Cubs by posting 18 runs. The Twins were unable to score a single run against the Tampa Bay Rays last Sunday, which was Tampa Bay’s best result in the last two series. The Rays were the weakest on Friday, when the Minnesota Twins scored nine runs in game two of a three-contest series against the Twins.

New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays – Pitching Matchup

New York: Gerrit Cole (6-1, 3.33 ERA)

New York ace Gerrit Cole toes the rubber for his 13th start of the season as he looks to improve on a 6-1 mark and 3.33 ERA. The right-hander has put together a 1.07 WHIP to go along with 91 strikeouts and 18 walks in 73 innings of work. New York’s 31-year-old right-hander earned the win in his last start, which came at home against the Tampa Bay Rays June 14, 2022. He threw six innings, one walk and seven strikeouts in a 2-0 the Yankees victory. Cole is 3-0 with a 4.60 ERA across this season’s six starts on the road, which includes 13 walks, 36 strikeouts, and a 1.40 WHIP over 29.1 innings of action.

Tampa Bay: Shane McClanahan (7-3, 1.84 ERA)

Shane McClanahan takes the mound in the series opener as he makes his 13th start of the season for the Rays in this contest. He comes in 7-3 with a 1.84 ERA, a 0.85 WHIP, 15 walks and 105 strikeouts over 78.1 innings of work on the year. McClanahan got assigned the loss in his last start, which came on the road against the New York Yankees on June 15, 2022. He threw six innings, allowing four runs on three hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in an eventual 4-3 the Rays defeat. In his nine home starts this season, McClanahan is 6-2 with a 2.00 ERA, a 0.91 WHIP, 10 walks and 73 strikeouts over 54 innings of work.

New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays – Series History

In the 2021 season the Rays won the season series 11-8. For the fifth time in seven meetings this season, the Yankees defeated the Rays.

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