New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/3/14
Tampa Bay Rays (13-16) at New York Yankees (15-12)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 1:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)
Jake Odorizzi (R) (1-3) (6.847) vs. Masahiro Tanaka (R) (3-0) (2.271)
The Line: New York Yankees -184 / Tampa Bay Rays +174 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: Sun Sports, YES
The New York Yankees look to break out of their funk when they host the Tampa Bay Rays for game two on Saturday afternoon. The Rays won Friday’s meeting in the 14th inning, 10-5.
The Rays have now won three games in a row and are surprisingly only two games back from .500 after stinking it up the last couple of weeks. The Rays pitching staff has been absolutely brutal, allowing five or more runs in eight of their last 10 games. Offensively, James Loney has eight hits in his last four games and picked up an RBI infield single in Friday’s win. Taking the mound for the Rays will be Jake Odorizzi, who is 1-3 with a 6.85 ERA and has 22 strikeouts in 23.2 innings. This will be Odorizzi’s first career start against the Yankees.
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The Yankees have lost three straight and four of their last six games, dropping to 15-13. Like the Rays, the pitching staff hasn’t been kind to the Yankees during their losing stretch, allowing a combined 33 runs in their last four losses. Of course, it would help if the Yankees could score more than three runs, which they’ve been held to in four of their last six games. Jacoby Ellsbury had four hits in Friday’s loss, but Derek Jeter doesn’t have an RBI in six straight games. Masahiro Tanaka makes the start on Saturday, and he’s 3-0 with a 2.27 ERA and has 46 strikeouts in 35.2 innings. This will be Tanaka’s first career game against the Rays.
The Rays are 0-5 in Odorizzi's last 5 road starts and 2-6 in their last 8 games as an underdog. The Yankees are 4-1 in Tanaka's last 5 starts and 2-7 in their last 9 during game 2 of a series.
There's no value in taking the Yankees at this price, which is why I'm going to side with the over. Odorizzi has been brutal this season and four of the first five games this season between these two teams have gone well over double digits.
Give me the over, please.