Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees - 4/20/14
New York Yankees (10-7) at Tampa Bay Rays (8-9)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 1:40 pm (Tropicana Field)
Pitcher TBA () (0-0) (0.00) vs. Cesar Ramos (L) (0-1) (18.000)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -122 / New York Yankees +112 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MLB Net, YES, Sun Sports
The New York Yankees will look to split a four-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays when the teams meet on Sunday.
The Yankees have been absolutely beat down in their last two games against the Rays, losing by a combined 27-6. The Yankees pitching staff has really dropped the ball in their last two games, while the batting lineup has produced a combined 11 hits. Vidal Nuno is expected to make his first start of the season for the Yankees, as he has a 14.54 ERA and has allowed nine hits in 4.1 innings. Nuno allowed two runs and five hits in six innings of work in his only career start against the Rays.
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The Rays have snapped a four-game losing streak in a big way, generating a combined 32 hits in their last two games. That’s a big boost for a Rays offense that came into Saturday ranked 25th in runs and 24th in batting average. Cesar Ramos can only hope for that type of run support when he makes his second start. Ramos is 0-1 on the season with a 7.50 ERA and has four strikeouts in six innings of work. Ramos has allowed 11 runs and 18 hits in 13 career innings against the Yankees.
The Yankees are 2-8 in their last 10 games as an underdog and 42-19 in their last 61 during game 4 of a series. The Rays are 0-4 in their last 4 games vs. a left-handed starter and 26-8 in their last 34 during game 4 of a series. The Yankees are 7-17 in the last 24 meetings in Tampa Bay.
This is really a toss-up game, as the Yankees should snap out of their funk at any moment. However, it's tough to pick a Yankees team that has allowed double-digit runs in bck-to-back games. Still, I like the value the Yankees are getting here and expect them to bounce back after getting beat up.