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New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 7/28/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Rays (53-50) at New York Yankees (54-46)

MLB Baseball: Friday, July 28, 2017 at 7:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)

Austin Pruitt (5-0) (6.25) vs. Masahiro Tanaka (7-9) (5.37)

The Line: New York Yankees -186 / Tampa Bay Rays +175 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: YES

The New York Yankees host the Tampa Bay Rays in MLB baseball action on Friday night.

The Tampa Bay Rays are right in the mix in the American League East and are holding on to the second Wild Card. The Rays missed out on picking up a crucial win Friday in a 6-5 defeat at the Yankees were the bullpen cost them. TB starter Chris Archer allowed three runs on seven hits and struck out ten over six frames before Alex Colombe gave up the tying run in the 9th and Andrew Kittredge served up a walk off bomb in the 11th.  Tampa Bay totaled eleven hits and five walks with Evan Longoria and Corey Dickerson slamming solo homers while Brad Miller recorded knocked in two. The Tampa Bay Rays have recalled rookie right hander Austin Pruitt from the minors for Friday’s start at the New York Yankees. In 18 appearances including one start, Pruitt has gone 5-1 with a 6.25 ERA but has not pitched in the majors since June 23rd. 

New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 7/28/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The New York Yankees are breathing down the neck of the AL East Boston Red Sox and have to avoid a cold streak. The Yankees didn’t let up Thursday with the pen and the bats leading the way to their 4th consecutive victory. The Yanks overcame a poor start from starter CC Sabathia who was charged with four runs on five hits and a BB before four relievers tossed scoreless baseball over the final five innings. The Bronx Bombers hammered out 14 hits and walked three times with Gary Sanchez going deep and driving in two while Brett Gardner delivered a walk off bomb in the 11th and scored twice. The New York Yankees have slated Masahiro Tanaka as the game two starter versus the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night. Masahiro Tanaka comes in off of a 6-5 loss (ND) at the Seattle Mariners where he gave up four runs on seven hits over six frames.

The under is 8-3-1 in Tampa Bay last 12 overall and the over is 18-7-1 in Tampa Bay last 26 Friday games. The under is 9-3 in New York last 12 overall and the under is 9-3 in New York last 12 on grass while the over is 6-2 in New York last 8 Friday games. New York are 8-2 in Tanaka’s last 10 starts versus Tampa Bay and Tampa Bay are 6-18 in the last 24 meetings in New York.

Frankly I don’t know what either hurler is going to do so perhaps the over…

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