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New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays Prediction and Betting Odds. The 4-6 New York Yankees are set to take on the 6-4 Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida tonight April 18, 2015, first pitch is scheduled 7:10 PM

Wagering Odds

Moneylines: Yankees -110 / Rays -110
O/U: 7.5 runs

Pitching Match Up

New York: Masahiro Tanaka (1-1, 7.00 ERA)

Tampa Bay: Jake Odorizzi (2-0, 0.61 ERA)

In their last games: In Game 1 of this series yesterday the Yankees beat the Rays 5-4.

The Yankees take on the Rays in Game 2 of this series after getting the win yesterday. Masahiro Tanaka gets the start at 1-1 for the Yankees and he will face the 2-0 Jake Odorizzi of the Rays. This game is an even bet with both teams opening at -110 with a run total of 7.5. The Yankees stopped their 2-game slide with their win over Tampa Bay and for the season their offense has been getting it done ranking 7th in runs scored, but they only rank 18th in team ERA. After winning 4 straight the Rays have dropped 2 of their last 3 games. The Yankees are in the basement of the AL East 3 games back of the Red Sox with the Rays 1.5 games back.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

In the last 8 games between these 2 teams in Tampa Bay the total has gone Under 6 times.

The Yankees are 7-3 in Tanaka’s last 10 road starts.

The Yankees are 14-6 in Tanaka’s last 20 starts overall.

The Rays are 4-1 in Odorizzi’s last 5 starts vs. a team with a losing record.

This season the Rays are 1-3 at home and the Yankees are 2-2 on the road.

STRAIGHT UP / OVER/UNDER / RUN LINE RECORDS

New York Yankees: 4-6 SU / O/U 8-2 / Run Line W/L 5-5
Tampa Bay Rays: 6-5 SU / O/U 6-5 / Run Line W/L 8-3

New York at Tampa Bay Key Betting Trends

• NY is 1-4 in their last 5 games following a win.
• NY is 17-36 in their last 53 when their opponent allows 5 runs or more in their previous game.
• NY has an Over record of 13-3 in their last 16 games.
• TB is 5-2 in their last 7 overall.
• TB is 1-4 in their last 5 home games.
• TB has an Over record of 4-1 in their last 5 home games.

Key Player Injuries

YANKEES

04/17/15 Brett Gardner LF Wrist Probable for April 18 at Tampa Bay
04/16/15 Chris Capuano SP Quadriceps 15-day DL. Out until at least mid-May
04/16/15 Jose Pirela SS Concussion 15-day DL. Out until at least mid-April
04/11/15 Ivan Nova SP Elbow 60-day DL. Out until at least early June
04/07/15 Brendan Ryan SS Calf 15-day DL. Out until at least mid-April

RAYS

04/17/15 Jeff Beliveau RP Shoulder 15-day DL. Out until at least mid-May
04/12/15 Alex Colome RP Illness 15-day DL. On Class A rehab assignment
04/10/15 John Jaso DH Wrist 15-day DL. Out until at least late April
04/09/15 Drew Smyly SP Shoulder 15-day DL. On Class A rehab assignment
04/08/15 James Loney 1B Side 15-day DL. Out until at least late April
04/08/15 Burch Smith SP Elbow 60-day DL. Out for season
04/07/15 Alex Cobb SP Forearm 15-day DL. Out until at least late April
04/07/15 Nick Franklin 2B Oblique 15-day DL. Out until at least early May
04/07/15 Jake McGee RP Elbow 15-day DL. Out until at least early May
04/07/15 Matt Moore SP Elbow 60-day DL. Out until at least early June

Free MLB Pick

Jake Odorizzi has got off to a hot start this season winning his first 2 starts and in 14 innings of work he has only given up 4 hits and 1 earned run. Last season he was 2-1 facing the Yankees in 4 starts, but had a high ERA of 5.40 and has his work cut out for him facing a solid Yankees’ offense. While Odorizzi has been stellar so far the same cannot be said about Masahiro Tanaka. He did get the win in his last start after a poor first one, but he gave up 3 earned runs in 5 innings and had to thank the offense, which scored 14 runs in that game. Last season he only faced the Rays once getting a win after giving up 3 runs in 7 innings of work.

Odorizzi will be solid for a 3rd straight start and I don’t see Tanaka having a good outing. While the total has gone Under in 6 of the last 8 games between these 2 teams in Tampa Bay yesterday’s game went Over. I think the Rays’ bats will get to Tanaka in this game and that along with Odorizzi on the mound spells a Tampa Bay win.

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