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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 third game of a three-game series on Wednesday, June 22, 2022.

The Yankees currently pace the American League East with a record of 50-18, owning a solid 21-11 record away from Yankee Stadium on the year. Tampa Bay is currently positioned fourth in the American League East standings with records of 37-31 overall and 22-14 at home, putting the Rays 13 games back for the division lead.

New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays Betting Prediction

The New York Yankees enter this matchup first in the AL East standings, 12 games ahead of the second place Toronto Blue Jays. The Yankees went 2-1 SU in their most recent series against Toronto and have won eight of their last 10 games. The bullpen has been fantastic this season, ranking first in ERA (2.84), first in WHIP (1.06), and first in opponents' batting average (.211). New York’s offense is also having a solid season, ranking third in on base percentage (.327), second in slugging percentage (.442), and second in runs per game (5.13). Right fielder Aaron Judge is having an All-Star caliber season with a batting average of .301 (75-249), 25 home runs, and 50 RBIs.  

Tampa Bay is currently fourth in the AL East standings, 13 games behind the Yankees for first place. Prior to the start of this series, the Rays went 1-2 SU in a three-game series with the Orioles and have lost seven of their last 10 games. The offense has struggled over that stretch, averaging just 2.9 runs per game. This is well below their season average of 4.02 runs per game. Tampa Bay’s bullpen has seen much more success, ranking fourth in ERA (.3.16), third in WHIP (1.11), and fifth in opponents' batting average (.221). The first baseman Ji-Man Choi has done a nice job bringing in the runs with a batting average of .286 (44-154), six home runs, and 34 RBIs.  

This series is tied at one game apiece after Tampa Bay secured a victory on Tuesday night. This has not been a common trend this season as the Yankees are 6-3 SU against the Rays this season. I like the Yankees to bounce back in game-three. Jordan Montgomery has been solid on the mound this season, not giving up more than three runs in an outing. Shane Baz on the other hand has seen action in just two games and I expect the Yankees offense to see plenty of success against him. Backing the Yankees moneyline here.  

Score Prediction: Yankees 5, Rays 3
Best Bet: Yankees ML

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New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays Betting Odds

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  • Date: Wednesday, June 22, 2022
  • Matchup: AL East
  • Venue: Tropicana Field
  • Location: St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Time-TV: 7:10 p.m. ET – MLBN

New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays – Current Form

New York continues to thrive, winning five out of their last six games against the Cubs and the Blue Jays. New York didn’t allow the Blue Jays any runs Saturday in the second of three contests. New York cruised past the Chicago Cubs on Sunday by plating 18 runs in the third game of the series. The fourth-place Rays have now lost back-to-back series against the Twins and the Orioles. Tampa Bay didn’t allow the Twins any runs on Sunday in the third of three contests. Their worst performance in the last six games was allowing nine runs on Friday, in the first match of the series played against the Minnesota Twins.

New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays – Pitching Matchup

New York: Jordan Montgomery (3-1, 2.73 ERA)

New York lefty Jordan Montgomery toes the rubber for his 13th start of the season as he looks to improve on a 3-1 mark and 2.73 ERA. The left-hander has put together a 0.95 WHIP to go along with 56 strikeouts and 11 walks in 72.2 innings of work. The 29-year old left-hander lifted the Yankees to win on the road over the Toronto Blue Jays on June 17, 2022. Montgomery tossed six innings in the 3-12 win by Toronto Blue Jays, while giving up two runs on three hits with five strikeouts and one walk. Montgomery owns a 1-1 road record this season in six starts away from Yankee Stadium. In those away outings, he has posted a 2.87 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP, eight walks, and 24 strikeouts in 31.1 innings of work.

Tampa Bay: Shane Baz (0-1, 5.40 ERA)

Shane Baz will make his second start of the season for Tampa Bay, who’s hoping to find some traction after posting a 0-1 record and 5.40 ERA thus far, while tallying a 0.96 WHIP, three walks, and nine strikeouts. Baz received a no-decision in his most recent start against the Baltimore Orioles, as Tampa Bay’s right-hander surrendered runs on two hits, and seven strikeouts during the Rays’ 1-0 road loss on June 17, 2022. Baz hasn’t yet had a home start this season.

New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays – Series History

The Rays owned the 2021 regular season series, producing a 11-8 mark. In the current season, the Yankees have taken the advantage away from the Rays with six wins out of nine games.

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