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New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/9/14

Tampa Bay Rays (69-75) at New York Yankees (73-68)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)

Chris Archer (R) (8-8) (3.603) vs. Hiroki Kuroda (R) (10-8) (3.775)

The Line: New York Yankees -122 / Tampa Bay Rays +112 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: Sun Sports, MY9

The Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees begin a three-game series Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.

The Tampa Bay Rays have lost five of their last eight games and are six games below a .500 record. The Rays inconsistent play has removed any chance of them making a wild card spot, as now they’re just playing for pride. The Tampa Bay Rays have an ERA of 3.48, which is eighth in the majors, and they’ve won eight of their last 10 games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Evan Longoria has an RBI in each of his last two games and James Loney has five hits in his last two games. Chris Archer takes the mound, and he’s 8-8 with a 3.60 ERA and has 152 strikeouts in 167.1 innings. Archer is 4-0 with a 1.51 ERA in five career starts against the Yankees.

New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/9/14

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The New York Yankees have also lost five of their last eight games and are five games above .500. The Yankees lack of offense has killed any potential progress, as they’ve been held to three or less runs in six of their last 12 games. The Yanks have lost six straight games when scoring three or fewer runs. Mark Teixeira has a hit in four of his last five games and Derek Jeter has hit in seven of his last nine games. The New York Yankees have an ERA of 3.76, which is 17th in the majors. Starting is Hiroki Kuroda, who is 10-8 with a 3.78 ERA and has 120 strikeouts in 174 innings. Kuroda is 3-4 with a 5.62 ERA in eight career starts against the Rays.

The Rays are 6-0 in Archers last 6 road starts and 1-4 in Archers last 5 starts vs. American League East. The Yankees are 5-2 in Kurodas last 7 starts vs. American League East and 3-7 in Kurodas last 10 starts during game 1 of a series.. The Rays are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in New York.

You see Archer's numbers against the Yankees in his career? He's never lost to the Yanks in his career. I'll like to be on that side of the trend.

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