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Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees Free Pick 8/23/13

New York Yankees (68-59) at Tampa Bay Rays (72-53)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 23, 2013 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)

Hiroki Kuroda (R) (11-8) (2.414) vs. Chris Archer (R) (6-5) (2.954)

The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -124 / New York Yankees +114 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: YES, SUN

The Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees face off on Friday in Tampa Bay for game one of their important AL East series.

The Tampa Bay Rays have been in and out of first place in the AL East and currently they are out of first. The Rays are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 41-23 at home this season, and they are a game back in the American League East standings but lead the AL Wildcard race. As a team the Rays are hitting .262 with Wil Myers hitting .312, James Loney hitting .311, Ben Zobrist hitting .274, and Evan Longoria hitting .270. The Rays pitching staff has an ERA of 3.83 with the starters at 3.90 and the bullpen at 3.68. For game one against the Yankees the Rays start Chris Archer who has two losses and two no decisions in his last two starts. For the season Archer has allowed 68 hits and 29 earned runs while striking out 62 over 88.1 innings for a 6-5 record and a 2.95 ERA.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees Free Pick 8/23/13

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The New York Yankees are playing some of their best baseball of the season as desperation to win in order to make the post-season has set in. The Yankees are 8-2 in their last 10 games, 30-32 on the road this season, and they are six games back in the AL East and four games out of the AL Wildcard race. As a team the Yankees are hitting .248 with Robinson Cano hitting .310, Alex Rodriguez hitting .296, and Alfonso Soriano hitting .284. The Yankees pitching staff has an ERA of 3.80 with the starters at 4.04 and the bullpen at 3.29. For game one against the Rays the Yankees start Hiroki Kuroda who has lost two of his last three starts. For the season Kuroda has allowed 140 hits and 43 earned runs while striking out 116 over 160.1 innings for a 11-8 record and a 2.41 ERA.

Tampa Bay is 20-6 against a right-handed starter, 6-2 in their last eight games overall, and 8-3 in Archer’s last 11 starts. New York is 4-0 in their last four games overall, 2-5 in their last seven road games, and 3-7 in Kuroda’s last 10 road starts. New York is 5-14 in their last 19 games in Tampa Bay.

Both of these pitchers have had their share of troubles but they have both come up big as well and in a game this big expect it to be like a playoff game and for my free pick I am taking the under. I also have a FREE PICK on the winning side and I will give that Free Pick out on Friday’s 1stQuarter Podcast

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