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Yankees vs. Rays - 9/9/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Rays (59-80) at New York Yankees (74-65)

MLB Baseball: Friday, September 9, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)

Blake Snell (5-7) (3.39) vs. M Pineda (6-11) (5.10)

The Line: New York Yankees -147 / Tampa Bay Rays +137 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees play game two of their series Friday night.

The Tampa Bay Rays could use a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Rays have allowed 22 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in six straight games. The Tampa Bay Rays have an ERA of 4.22 and have lost eight of their last 11 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Evan Longoria leads Tampa Bay with 151 hits, Brad Miller has 69 RBI and Logan Forsythe has 18 home runs. Blake Snell gets the ball, and he’s 5-7 with a 3.39 ERA and 79 strikeouts this season. Snell is 1-0 with a 2.61 ERA and 15 strikeouts in his career against the Yankees.

Yankees vs. Rays - 9/9/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The New York Yankees look to stay hot and build on their five-game winning streak. The Yankees have scored 14 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The New York Yankees offense continues to produce, and they’ve won six straight games when scoring more than three runs. Starlin Castro leads New York with 139 hits, Didi Gregorius has 63 RBI and Jacoby Ellsbury has seven home runs. Michael Pineda takes the hill, and he’s 6-11 with a 5.10 ERA and 172 strikeouts this season. Pineda is 2-4 with a 4.81 ERA and 62 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.

The Rays are 9-23 in their last 32 Friday games and 1-5 in Snells last 6 road starts. The Yankees are 5-1 in their last 6 during game 2 of a series and 4-1 in Pinedas last 5 starts with 4 days of rest. The Yankees are 1-4 in Pinedas last 5 starts vs. Rays. 

The Yankees are playing their best baseball of the season right now and have a possible playoff spot within sight. The Rays pitching staff continues to get rocked and that's not going to change in this tiny park. Have to ride the hot hand here. 

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New York Yankees -147

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