New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/2/14
Tampa Bay Rays (36-49) at New York Yankees (41-40)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 1:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)
Jake Odorizzi (R) (3-7) (4.138) vs. Vidal Nuno (L) (2-4) (4.849)
The Line: New York Yankees -108 / Tampa Bay Rays -102 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: Sun Sports, YES, MLB Net
The Tampa Bay Rays can sweep the New York Yankees on Wednesday afternoon.
Don’t look now, but the Rays have won six of their last seven games and are starting to dig themselves out of the AL East hole. The difference during this stretch has been a Rays offense that has scored four or more runs in eight of their last 11 games. The Rays have won 12 of their last 14 games when scoring more than three runs. James Loney has nine RBI in his last 10 games and Evan Longoria has 12 hits in his last 10 games. Pitching wise, the Rays have the 17th best ERA at 3.87. Jake Odorizzi takes the hill, and he’s 3-7 with a 4.14 ERA and has 97 strikeouts in 82.2 innings. This is Odorizzi’s second career start against the Yankees.
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The Yankees have lost eight of their last 10 games and are one loss away from falling back to .500. The Yankees offense has scored three or less runs in six of their last 10 games and have lost seven of their last eight when that’s the case. Mark Teixeira has four homers in his last 10 games and Jacoby Ellsbury has 13 hits in his last 10 games. The Yanks have the 21st best ERA at 4.00. Vidal Nuno gets the start, and he’s 2-4 with a 5.42 ERA and has 55 strikeouts in 73 innings. Nuno is 0-0 with a 3.45 ERA in three career starts against the Rays.
The Rays are 4-11 in Odorizzis last 15 starts and 2-6 in Odorizzis last 8 starts vs. American League East. The Yankees are 1-4 in Nunos last 5 starts as an underdog and 1-6 in Nunos last 7 home starts. The Rays are 8-3 in the last 11 meetings.
The Yankees can't get swept at home by a subpar team, can they? Possibly. But I'm willing to throw the Yanks a bone here and bet that they show up and get what seems to be a rare win in the last two weeks.