Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees - 5/28/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Yankees (23-24) at Tampa Bay Rays (21-25)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 4:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
M Pineda (2-5) (6.34) vs. M Moore (1-3) (5.47)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -110 / New York Yankees +100 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSUN, WPIX
Saturday afternoon at Tropicana Field, the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays will be continuing their weekend series.
This is the second game of the set. In Friday’s opener, the Yankees bagged three runs in the sixth inning on the way to a 4-1 victory.
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On Saturday, the Yankees will be bringing out right-hander Michael Pineda for the start. In his nine appearances and 2-5 record in 2016, Pineda has managed a 6.34 ERA with a 1.59 WHIP over 49.2 innings. On Sunday in his second win of the year, Pineda held the A’s to three runs on six hits in six innings.
The Yankees hitters have had their trials and tribulations this year, but are pretty well-rounded all together. Starlin Castro leads the way on 46 hits with 14 runs. Carlos Beltran has put up 45 hits with 25 runs. Beltran posted a solo homer on Friday. Didi Gregorius has come on lately, surging to 40 hits with 14 runs. Gregorius came up empty in Friday’s game, though.
The Rays will be wheeling out lefty Matt Moore for Saturday’s game. In his nine starts and 1-3 record this year, Moore has a 5.47 ERA with a 1.45 WHIP across 51 innings. On Monday in a loss to the Marlins, Moore gave up five runs on 10 hits in five innings.
Tampa Bay boasts a pretty deep and capable batting order. Evan Longoria heads things up with 46 hits, 25 runs and 20 RBI. Seven Souza has been playing well with 42 hits, 20 runs and 19 RBI. Souza got a day off Friday. Logan Forsythe is rocking a .308 BA with 33 hits and 16 runs this season. Forsythe is currently on the DL (shoulder), but should return in mid-June.
The Yankees are 4-1 in their last five Saturday games, and 2-6 in Pineda’s last eight starts.
Meanwhile, the Rays are 7-2 in their last nine game twos of a series and 5-2 in their last seven Saturday games.
I’m not thrilled with Pineda or Moore here, so the over wouldn’t be a surprise to see. I’ll give a slight winning edge to the Rays, but it should be fairly close.