New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/4/14
Tampa Bay Rays (14-16) at New York Yankees (15-13)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 1:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)
Erik Bedard (L) (0-1) (6.393) vs. CC Sabathia (L) (3-3) (5.108)
The Line: New York Yankees -150 / Tampa Bay Rays +140 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: Sun Sports, YES
The Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees will meet up Sunday afternoon in a rubber game.
The Rays lost 9-3 on Saturday and have lost seven of their last 11 games overall. The Rays pitching has been absolutely dreadful this season, allowing five or more runs in six of their last seven games. The Rays are 5-17 this season when allowing three or more runs. Offensively, James Loney continues to carry much of the load with 11 hits in his last five games. Getting the start for the Rays on Sunday will be Erik Bedard, who is 0-1 with a 5.52 ERA and has 10 strikeouts in 14.2 innings. Bedard is 4-5 with a 4.43 ERA in 15 career starts against the Yankees.
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The Yankees improve to 16-13 on the season and five of those wins have come when Masahiro Tanaka has taken the mound. Still, pitching has been a bit of an issue for the Yankees as of late, allowing four or more runs in five of their last eight games, putting pressure on their offense. Jacoby Ellsbury has handled that pressure well with seven hits and two RBI in this series. The Yankees are hoping for more consistency from CC Sabathia, who takes the mound 3-3 with a 5.11 ERA and has 41 strikeouts in 37 innings. Sabathia is 12-13 with a 3.71 ERA in 35 career starts against the Rays.
The Rays are 2-6 in their last 8 during game 3 of a series and 2-6 in their last 8 games as an underdog. The Yankees are 96-40 in Sabathia's last 136 starts as a favorite and 30-11 in Sabathia's last 41 starts during game 3 of a series. The Yankees are 2-7 in Sabathia's last 9 starts vs. Rays.
We hit with the over on Saturday, and it seems only right to keep riding that wave. Both pitchers tend to give up runs and five of the six games this season between these two teams have produced double-digit runs.