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Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees - 9/22/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Yankees (78-72) at Tampa Bay Rays (64-86)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)

Luis Cessa (4-2) (4.44) vs. Blake Snell (5-8) (3.87)

The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -124 / New York Yankees +114 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds


Down at Tropicana Field on Thursday, the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays will be finishing up their MLB series. 

In Tuesday’s opener, the Yankees managed a 5-3 victory. On Wednesday, the Yankees pulled off an impressive 11-5 win. 

Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees - 9/22/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


Taking the hill for the Yankees on Thursday will be RHP Luis Cessa. Over his 14 games (six starts) and 4-2 record, Cessa owns a 4.44 ERA with a 1.12 WHIP in 52.2 innings. Cessa took a loss his last time out, with five innings, six hits and three earned in Boston. 

The Yankees hitters are pretty familiar to baseball fans by now. Starlin Castro has hit 153 times with 62 runs, 21 homers and 69 RBI. Didi Gregorius sits on 146 hits with 65 runs and 67 RBI. Jacoby Ellsbury holds 135 hits with 67 runs and 52 RBI. 

On the Rays’ side, we’ll be seeing lefty Blake Snell in the starting role Thursday. Over 17 starts and a 5-8 record, Snell owns a 3.87 ERA with a 1.65 WHIP in 81.1 innings. Taking a no-decision against the Orioles his last time out, Snell put up 4.1 innings with six hits and four earned. 

It’s easy to find the top bats in the Rays’ order. Evan Longoria leads the pack on 166 hits with 80 runs, 36 homers and 95 RBI. Logan Forsythe has hit 129 times with 73 runs and 51 RBI. Brad Miller is at 128 hits with 70 runs, 30 homers and 77 RBI. 

The Yankees are 35-17 in their last 52 Thursday games, and 2-5 in their last seven against the AL East. New York is also 5-1 in their last six versus a team with a losing record, and 2-5 in their last seven overall. 

As for the Rays, they’re 4-1 in their last five Thursday games, and 8-3 in their last 11 game threes of a series. Tampa Bay is also 1-5 in their last six home games and 1-4 in their last six home games versus a team with a winning record. 

I like Snell just a little bit better in the pitching matchup here, despite his recent hiccups. I’ll take the Rays to get the series-closing win, but I'm not too happy about it.

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