Rays at Yankees 6/17/19 - MLB Picks & Predictions
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Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees
MLB: 7:05 PM EST
Jun. 17, 2019
Latest Odds : NYY -115 O/U 8.5
AL East Division rivals will clash on Monday night, when the Tampa Bay Rays invade the Bronx to face the New York Yankees. On Sunday, Tampa Bay held off a late rally to hold on for a 6-5 home victory versus Los Angeles. Tommy Pham and Brandon Lowe each went deep for the Rays, who moved to 15 games above .500 overall with the win.
Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash has yet to name a starting pitcher for this contest. The Rays are comfortable using relievers as openers and lead the majors with a 3.01 team ERA.
The New York Yankees traded for DH Edwin Encarnacion on Saturday and will have the most feared lineup in the majors when they are fully healthy. On Sunday, New York homered for the 19th straight game during a 10-3 road victory against Chicago. Brett Gardner and Andrew Romine plated four runs apiece for the Yankees, who lead Tampa Bay by a half-game for first place.
Opening Day starter Masahiro Tanaka (4-5 3.58 ERA) continues to be a model of consistency for the Yankees. Through 83 innings of work, Tanaka has struck out 74 batters and owns a solid 1.18 WHIP.
Recent Betting Trends:
Rays are 22-4 in their last 26 Monday games.
Yankees are 35-16 in Tanakas last 51 home starts.
Under is 19-7 in Rays last 26 road games.
Under is 4-1-1 in Tanakas last 6 starts vs. a team with a winning record.
Under is 9-1 in the last 10 meetings in New York.
Free Betting Pick: New York Yankees -115
New York OF Aaron Judge (oblique) is currently on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Through 71 games, Tampa Bay ranks 13th in OPS and 18th in runs scored. For the season, New York ranks 9th in OPS and 9th in runs scored. Take Tanaka and the Yankees to get the job done in an important game. Final Score Prediction, New York Yankees 5-3.