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Yankees vs. Rays - 7/4/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Rays (42-39) at New York Yankees (42-37)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, July 4, 2015 at 1:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)

N Karns (4-4) (3.26) vs. M Pineda (8-5) (4.08)

The Line: New York Yankees -167 / Tampa Bay Rays +157 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: SunSports, FS1

The Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees play game two of their series Saturday afternoon.

The Tampa Bay Rays look for a win to snap a six-game losing streak. The Rays have scored 10 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last eight games. The Rays have lost seven straight games when scoring three or less runs. Logan Forsythe leads Tampa Bay with 79 hits and 32 RBI while Evan Longoria and Asdrubal Cabrera have combined for 56 RBI. The Tampa Bay Rays have won four of their last six road games. Nathan Karns gets the ball, and he’s 4-4 with a 3.26 ERA and 84 strikeouts this season. Karns is 1-0 with a 3.07 ERA and 18 strikeouts in his career against the Yankees.

Yankees vs. Rays - 7/4/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The New York Yankees look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Yankees have scored 11 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last eight games. The Yankees have lost four of their last six games when scoring three or less runs. Brett Gardner leads New York with 86 hits and 39 RBI while Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira have combined for 103 RBI. The New York Yankees have won six of their last nine home games. Michael Pineda takes the hill, and he’s 8-5 with a 4.08 ERA and 95 strikeouts this season. Pineda is 2-1 with a 3.22 ERA and 32 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.

The Rays are 8-2 in their last 10 during game 2 of a series and 5-2 in Karns' last 7 starts with 4 days of rest. The Yankees are 2-5 in their last 7 during game 2 of a series and 7-3 in Pinedas last 10 home starts. The Rays are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in New York. 

The Rays are having a hard time putting runs on the board, and that's likely not going to change with Pineda on the hill. I look for the Yankees to remain hot at home and win this game by at least two runs. 

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