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Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 4/17/14

New York Yankees (7-6) at Tampa Bay Rays (7-7)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)

CC Sabathia (L) (1-2) (6.632) vs. David Price (L) (2-0) (2.909)

The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -158 / New York Yankees +148 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: SUN, YES

The Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees face off on Thursday at Tropicana Field as they start their AL East series.

After struggling on the road, the Tampa bay Rays return home with a shot at the the first place team in the AL East. The Rays are 4-3 at home, 4-6 in their last 10 games, and they have lost their last three games. As a team the Rays are hitting .223 with Evan Longoria hitting .286, Ben Zobrist hitting .283, and Desmond Jennings is hitting .265. The Rays pitching staff has an ERA of 3.53 with the starters at 3.84 and the bullpen at 2.91. For game one against he Yankees the Rays start David Price who has yet to take a loss this season. For the season Price has allowed 19 hits and seven earned runs while striking out 22 over 21.2 innings for a 2-0 record and a 2.91 ERA.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 4/17/14

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The New York Yankees are playing solid baseball and they sit atop the American League East. The Yankees are 3-3 on the road, 7-3 in their last 10 games, and they have won their last four games. As a team the Yankees are hitting .273 with Jacoby Ellsbury hitting .353, Yangervis Solarte hitting .348, and Carlos Beltran hitting .327. The Yankees pitching staff has an ERA of 3.88 with the starters at 4.08 and the bullpen at 3.38. For game one of this series the Yankees start C.C. Sabathia who always seems to come up big in big games. For the season Sabathia has allowed 21 hits and 14 runs while striking out 21 over 19 innings for a 1-2 record and a 6.63 ERA.

Tampa Bay is 20-9 as a favorite, 9-4 in their last 13 home games, and 6-1 in Price’s last seven starts. New York is 4-1 in their last five games, 1-4 as a road underdog, and 1-4 in Sabathia’s last five road starts. New York is 6-16 in their last 22 at Tampa Bay.

This is a tough call because while Price would appear to be almost a lock, the odds are big enough to take a chance here that Sabathia comes up big in a big game once again. 

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New York Yankees +148

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