New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 4/22/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Rays (7-8) at New York Yankees (5-9)
MLB Baseball: Friday, April 22, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)
M Moore (1-0) (2.95) vs. C Sabathia (1-1) (5.06)
The Line: New York Yankees +104 / Tampa Bay Rays -114 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: YES, SUN
Coming up on Friday evening, the MLB is bringing us game one of a nice matchup between the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.
Both teams just finished up their respective mid-week series on Thursday. The Rays split games one and two against the Red Sox, then in the finale Tampa Bay dropped six runs in the fourth inning on the way to a 12-8 victory.
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As for the Yankees, they played a three-game set against the A’s, dropping the first two before letting the finale slip away 7-3 for the sweep. New York has been in a horrid downturn lately, dropping seven of their last eight.
The Rays will be utilizing left-hander Matt Moore for Friday’s opener against New York. Moore has been pretty darn good this season, accumulating a 2.95 ERA with a 0.98 WHIP and 21 strikeouts across three starts and 18.1 innings pitched. In his most recent appearance against the White Sox on Sunday, Moore allowed two runs with 10 strikeouts in 6.1 innings.
The Rays lineup has had a few bumps here and there in 2016, but overall they’re giving a pretty well-rounded effort at the plate. Evan Longoria has 16 hits with nine runs and nine RBI, while Logan Forsythe has 15 hits with 10 runs. Corey Dickerson has provided some power to the lineup with four homers (all solo). Dickerson bagged two more RBI as a pinch hitter on Thursday.
New York will be trotting out left-hander CC Sabathia for Friday’s game. Sabathia hasn’t quite been the dominant starter of old this season, as he’s got a bloated 5.06 ERA with a 1.50 WHIP and a 1-1 record over 10.2 innings and two starts. It seemed a struggle for Sabathia in his most recent appearance on Saturday against the Mariners, as he gave up three runs on seven hits in 4.2 innings.
The Yankees have been in a tailspin record-wise over the past week or two, and some of it is due to hitting consistency. Carlos Beltran is playing well, however, with 16 hits, eight runs, four homers and nine RBI. Beltran put up a big 0-for-5 goose-egg in Thursday’s game, however. Starlin Castro has also started out well with 15 hits and 10 RBI. That said, it’s been a rough go for Mark Teixeira so far, as he’s put up an ugly .170 BA. Teixeira was 0-for-3 with a run in the Thursday finale.
The Rays are 4-1 in their last five games against a left-handed starter, but just 3-8 in their last 11 game ones of a series. As for New York, they’re 0-5 in their last five Friday games, but 4-1 in Sabathia’s last five starts with five days of rest.
For this matchup, I like the Rays. Moore seems like he’s headed for a nice campaign and Sabathia simply hasn’t found his rhythm yet. I see a relatively low-scoring Tampa Bay win here as the Yankees continue to flail.