Rays vs Yankees Odds and Picks (April 16)

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Austin Meadows rounds third clapping

Tampa Bay Rays’ Austin Meadows rounds third after hitting dwelling run within the seventh inning of a baseball sport towards the Miami Marlins, Friday, April 2, 2021, in Miami. (AP Picture/Gaston De Cardenas)

  • The New York Yankees (5-7) welcome the Tampa Bay Rays (5-8) to the Bronx for the primary sport of a three-game sequence Friday (April sixteenth, 7:05 pm ET)
  • Nick Nelson will open with Michael King relieving, whereas Michael Wacha seeks his first victory in a Tampa uniform within the first sport of a five-game homestand for the Pinstripes
  • Learn under for a preview and betting prediction for the sport

The New York Yankees will attempt to even their season document to 2-2 towards the struggling Tampa Bay Rays Friday because the Pinstripes welcome their AL East division foes into the Bronx. The three-game set begins Friday with a pitching matchup that includes new Ray Michael Wacha and Nick Nelson for the house crew.

Rays vs Yankees Odds

Crew Moneyline Runline Whole at FanDuel
Tampa Bay Rays +130 +1.5 (-150) Over 9.5 (-107)
New York Yankees -152 -1.5 (+123) Below 9.5 )-114)

Odds as of April sixteenth.

The defending AL champions have misplaced eight of 11 following a 2-0 begin and had been defeated 6-4 in 10 innings by the Rangers Thursday. Kevin Money’s membership went 3-for-13 with runners in scoring place and stranded 12 runners total towards Texas. Meantime, New York bought a pair of dwelling runs from Aaron Choose Wednesday in its final sport, however misplaced 5-4 to Toronto in walk-off trend due to Bo Bichette’s second lengthy ball of the sport. Aaron Boone’s membership has now misplaced three of its first 4 sequence performed in 2021. However, Choose and Co. enter as slight favorites towards Tampa within the Rays vs. Yankees odds.

The Pinstripes will face former Cardinal hurler Michael Wacha within the sequence opener. The 29-year-old, who went 1-4 with the Mets final season over seven begins, owns an 0-1 profession mark towards the Yankees in three begins with a 5.85 ERA in 20 innings and 22 strikeouts.

Merely put, Boone’s membership has been disappointing out of the gate. Choose has been stable, main the crew with a .308 batting common to go together with club-high 4 dwelling runs and 7 runs batted in. However fellow slugger Giancarlo Stanton has limped out of the gate, delivering simply two extra-base hits in 43 plate appearances. Then, there’s the beginning pitching.

After Gerrit Cole, the Yankee rotation has a mixed 1-4 document, permitting 28 runs and 48 hits over 36.2 innings in 9 outings. Cole is 2-0 in three begins, giving up three runs and 12 hits in 18.1 innings. He goes Sunday.

Now, Nelson will get the beginning Friday.

Rays’ Profession Stats vs Nelson

Participant AB H HR RBI Ok AVG
Austin Meadows 1 0 0 0 1 .000
Randy Arozarena 1 1 0 0 0 1.00
Brandon Lowe 2 0 0 0 0 .000
Yandy Diaz 1 0 0 0 0 .000
Joey Wendle 3 0 0 0 0 .000
Manuel Margot 1 0 0 0 0 .000
Mike Brosseau 1 0 0 0 0 .000
Francisco Mejia N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Brett Phillips N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

World Sequence Hangover?

No matter momentum Money’s membership hoped to hold into the 2021 season off the Rays’ Fall Traditional look seems to have evaporated.

Each Willy Adames (.195) and Yoshi Tsutsugo (.154) bought a psychological well being day because of chilly begins Thursday. In the meantime, veteran outfielder Kevin Kiermaier has but to play a sport whereas nursing a left  quadriceps pressure. Breakout star Randy Arozarena has been respectable — posting a .265 batting common with a pair of dwelling runs and 5 runs batted in. However he’s solely slugging .408 and is nowhere close to the kind of participant he was final October — when he was a postseason revelation.

Perhaps dealing with the mix of Nelson, who’s slated to open the sport, then King will serve this Rays’ lineup properly.

The 25-year-old has appeared in three video games this season, going all of 4 innings and posted a 9.00 ERA. He’s confronted the Rays 4 instances in his profession, putting out 5 over 4 innings. King has fared significantly better in 2021, going six innings of lengthy aid, permitting just one hit towards the Blue Jays on April 4.

The Rays have scored solely 50 runs in 13 video games — and judging by what the Yankees have been in a position to do towards Wacha over his profession, all Nelson and King (and the remainder of Boone’s pen) have to do is hold it shut.

Yankees’ Profession Stats vs Wacha

Participant AB H HR RBI Ok AVG.
DJ LeMahieu 13 6 0 1 3 .462
Giancarlo Stanton 7 2 0 0 2 .286
Aaron Choose 4 0 0 0 3 000
Gary Sanchez 2 0 0 0 1 000
Aaron Hicks 2 0 0 0 0 .000
Rougned Odor 4 1 1 1 1 .250
Gio Urshela 2 1 1 2 1 .500
Clint Frazier 2 2 1 3 0 1.000
Jay Bruce 34 2 0 1 14 .059

Don’t Choose

As famous above, Choose has carried the Bronx Bombers’ offense early on. However his .308/.386/.615 slash line hasn’t translated to a a lot crew success. That might all very properly change this weekend.

DJ LeMahieu has raked Wacha to the tune of a .462 batting over in 13 profession at-bats towards the veteran pitcher. And three batters that might seem in New York’s lineup Friday — none of them named Choose or Stanton — have taken Wacha deep of their profession. That record contains Clint Frazier, who has launched a three-run jack towards the Rays starter in two profession ABs towards him.

With Boone having a number of choices in his lineup and pitching deployment within the first sport of this sequence, I’m fading Tampa on this spot.

The decide: Yankees ML (-152)

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