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New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/11/14

Tampa Bay Rays (70-76) at New York Yankees (74-69)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)

Alex Cobb (R) (9-7) (2.829) vs. Michael Pineda (R) (3-4) (1.800)

The Line: New York Yankees -122 / Tampa Bay Rays +112 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: MLB Net, Sun Sports, YES

The Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees play a rubber game on Thursday night.

The Tampa Bay Rays have lost five of their last eight games and are six games below a .500 record. The Rays have allowed seven or more runs in four of their last eight games and have lost 12 straight games when allowing more than three runs. The Tampa Bay Rays have an ERA of 3.47, which is eighth in the majors, and they’ve allowed 11 runs in this series. Offensively, Evan Longoria has an RBI in four straight games and Ben Zobrist has three hits in this series. Alex Cobb gets the ball, and he’s 9-7 with a 2.83 ERA and has 134 strikeouts in 140 innings. Cobb is 5-1 with a 1.75 ERA in eight career starts against the Yankees.

New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/11/14

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The New York Yankees have split their last eight games and are five games above .500. The Yankees offense has produced four or more runs in five of their last eight games and have won four straight when scoring more than three runs. Brian McCann has three hits in this series and Jacoby Ellsbury has scored a run in each game of this series. Pitching wise, the New York Yankees have an ERA of 3.76, which is 17th in the majors. Starting is Michael Pineda, who is 3-4 with a 1.80 ERA and has 34 strikeouts in 50 innings. Pineda is 1-0 with a 2.19 ERA in two career starts against the Rays.

The Rays are 1-4 in Cobbs last 5 starts during game 3 of a series and 5-2 in Cobbs last 7 starts vs. a team with a winning record. The Yankees are 1-4 in Pinedas last 5 starts vs. American League East and 1-5 in Pinedas last 6 starts overall.

You see Alex Cobb's numbers against the Yankees in his career? Yeah. I'll take some of that. 

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