New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays Pick-Odds-Prediction - 5/2/14
Tampa Bay Rays (11-16) at New York Yankees (15-11)
MLB Baseball: Friday, May 2, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)
David Price (L) (3-2) (4.753) vs. Vidal Nuno (L) (0-0) (2.894)
The Line: New York Yankees +133 / Tampa Bay Rays -143 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: SunSports, Yes
The Tampa Bay Rays head to the Big Apple to take the field with the New York Yankees.
Tampa Bay hasn't been as consistent in the early going as they need to be to be a factor in the American League East but after sweeping a doubleheader at Boston on Thursday perhap they gained some much needed momentum going forward. The Rays stranded the tying run on third to end the second game 6-5 in a rare display of scoring. The runs were needed with starter Chris Archer giving up all five runs in the 5th before leaving with only 4.1 innings under his belt. Four relievers put up zeros to give the bats a chance and they responded with homers from Sean Rodriguez, Yunel Escobar and Desmond Jennings. David Price takes the ball versus American League East rival New York looking for consistency. Price has been up and down and mostly down last time out in a 9-2 loss to the White Sox where he allowed six earned runs in six frames.
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The Yankees have been around the .500 mark over the past ten games and have dropped back to back games to Seattle so they need to get back in the win column and stop the losing before it turns in to something bigger. The Bronx Bombers did not look good in Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Mariners with starter Hiroki Kuroda surrendering all four runs (three earned) in six innings. A winnable effort but the bats didn't mount much of an attack on seven hits with Jacoby Ellsbury going solo and Brian McCann rapping an RBI single. Vidal Nuno makes his third start of 2014 and 6th of his career when he faces visiting Tampa Bay. Nuno did not get a decision in a 4-3 victory over the Angels with all three runs plated on five hits in 4.1 frames.
I did not like what I saw from the Yankees against Seattle and if the Rays are going to win one it's with Price on the bump. Lean to the visitors but neither team has been money lately...