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Yankees at Rays - 7/29/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Yankees (52-49) at Tampa Bay Rays (39-61)

MLB Baseball: Friday, July 29, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)

I Nova (7-5) (4.65) vs. J Odorizzi (4-5) (4.10)

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

TV: YES/SUN

The New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays begin a three-game series Friday night.

The New York Yankees look to keep rolling after winning six of their last nine games. The Yankees have scored nine runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their last nine games. The New York Yankees offense has been hit or miss lately, and they’ve won nine straight games when scoring more than three runs. Carlos Beltran leads New York with 106 hits, Didi Gregorius has 43 RBI and Starlin Castro has 11 home runs. Ivan Nova gets the nod, and he’s 7-5 with a 4.65 ERA and 72 strikeouts this season. Nova is 8-6 with a 3.66 ERA and 74 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.

Yankees at Rays - 7/29/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Tampa Bay Rays look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Rays have allowed seven runs in their last three games and three or less runs in seven of their last eight games. The Tampa Bay Rays have an ERA of 4.33 and have won five of their last eight games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Evan Longoria leads Tampa Bay with 114 hits, Brad Miller has 37 RBI and Corey Dickerson has 14 home runs. Jake Odorizzi takes the hill, and he’s 4-5 with a 4.10 ERA and 110 strikeouts this season. Odorizzi is 3-5 with a 4.75 ERA and 48 strikeouts in his career against the Yankees.

The Yankees are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series and 0-5 in Novas last 5 starts with 5 days of rest. The Rays are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series and 1-6 in Odorizzis last 7 starts. The Yankees are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.

Nova has turned things around lately and those off speed pitches are striking a lot of guys out. That's bad news for a Rays team that struggles to put runs on the board. Give me the Yankees to remain hot and stay in the wild card race.

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