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

Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees Betting Analysis

The Yankees host the Rays at Yankee Stadium for Game second of a three-game series on Tuesday, August 16, 2022.

Tampa Bay remains 10 games behind the New York Yankees and is in second place in the American League East with a 61-53 record, despite going 26-31 away from Tropicana Field. The Yankees rank first in the American League East standings with a record of 72-44, which includes an impressive 41-16 mark at home.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees Betting Prediction

The Yankees send LHP Nestor Cortes to the hill against Tampa Bay’s 22nd ranked scoring offense on Tuesday night (4.11 RSPG), who’s having the best campaign of his five-year career sitting 9-3 with a 2.67 ERA across 21 starts this season (1.00 WHIP), which already includes a pair of solid outings against the Rays (13.1 IP, 2 ER); along with a bumpy one (4.1 IP. 4 ER).

On the flip side, the Rays send LHP Jeffrey Springs to the mound against New York’s second-ranked scoring offense tonight (5.14 RSPG), who’s also having an excellent campaign sitting 4-3 with a 2.56 ERA in 23 appearances this season (1.09 WHIP), which includes a 3-3 record and 2.92 ERA across 15 starts (1.15 WHIP); and a 1-0 record and 0.00 ERA across eight bullpen outings (0.68 WHIP).

I’ll take the under here, as Cortes has tossed five innings or more and allowed one run or less in two of three starts against Tampa Bay this season (3.06 ERA, 0.96 WHIP); setting the stage for a relatively low-scoring battle against the Rays and Springs, who’s yielded a solid 2.81 ERA and 1.13 WHIP across nine career appearances against the Yankees (16 IP, 5 ER).

Score Prediction: Yankees 3, Rays 2
Best Bet: Under 7 (-110)

Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees Betting Odds

Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees Betting Resources

  • Date: Tuesday, August 16, 2022
  • Matchup: AL East
  • Venue: Yankee Stadium
  • Location: New York, NY
  • Time-TV: 7:05 p.m. ET – TBS

Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees – Current Form

The Rays were tripped up by the Brewers last Wednesday, but then grabbed two of three games against the Orioles. Their best performance was on Sunday, when they succeeded in holding Baltimore to one run in the third contest of a three-game series. Their worst performance in the last five games was allowing 10 runs on Friday, in the first match of the series played against the Orioles. The Yankees have dropped consecutive series to the Mariners and the Red Sox. Game 1 with Boston was New York’s worst in the last six, as they failed to produce a single run. The first of three matches on Monday marked a nine-run effort by New York against the Mariners, which was their best performance this week.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees – Pitching Matchup

Tampa Bay: Jeffrey Springs (4-3, 2.56 ERA)

Rays' lefty Jeffrey Springs toes the rubber for his 16th start of the season as he looks to improve on a 4-3 mark and 2.56 ERA. The left-hander has put together a 1.09 WHIP to go along with 91 strikeouts and 18 walks in 84.1 innings of work. In Jeffrey Springs’s last start, the Rays were no match for the Milwaukee Brewers, losing 4-3 on August 10. The 29-year-old earned no decision in this game, having tossed five innings and yielded two runs on four hits, while striking out eight and issuing two walks. In nine road starts this season, Springs has compiled a 3-1 record in 48.2 innings, while striking out 54, walking 12 batters, and putting together a 2.77 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.

New York: Nestor Cortes (9-3, 2.67 ERA)

Yankees’ left-hander Nestor Cortes owns a 9-3 record and 2.67 ERA ahead of his 22nd start of the season. Cortes has also posted a 1.00 WHIP, while striking out 125 and walking 29 batters in 118 innings this season. Cortes received a no-decision in his most recent start against Seattle, as New York’s left-hander surrendered three runs on three hits, one walk, and 10 strikeouts during the Yankees’ 4-3 road loss on August 10th. In his nine home starts this season, Cortes is 4-0 with a 2.06 ERA, a 0.94 WHIP, 16 walks and 58 strikeouts over 52.1 innings of work.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees – Series History

The Rays had a great 2021 season in this matchup, tallying a 11-8 mark. The Yankees continued their dominance over Tampa Bay this season by claiming their seventh win in 11 matchups.

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