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New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 7/29/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Rays (53-51) at New York Yankees (55-46)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 1:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)

Blake Snell (0-6) (5.00) vs. Caleb Smith (0-1) (8.10)

The Line: New York Yankees -127 / Tampa Bay Rays +117 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: WPIX, SUN

The Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees meet Saturday in MLB action at Yankee Stadium. 

The Tampa Bay Rays could use a win after losing seven of their last nine games. The Rays have allowed 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last nine games. The Tampa Bay Rays have lost eight of their last nine games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Corey Dickerson leads the Rays with 119 hits and 44 RBI while Evan Longoria and Steven Souza Jr. have combined for 204 hits and 125 RBI. Blake Snell gets the ball, and he is 0-6 with a 4.86 ERA and 55 strikeouts this season. Snell is 2-1 with a 2.38 ERA and 25 strikeouts in his career against the Yankees. 

New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 7/29/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The New York Yankees look to stay hot after winning seven of their last eight games. The Yankees have scored 12 runs in this series and four or more runs in eight straight games. The New York Yankees have won nine of their last 10 games when scoring more than three runs. Aaron Judge leads the Yankees with 108 hits and 74 RBI while Brett Gardner and Starlin Castro have combined for 194 hits and 92 RBI. Caleb Smith gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 8.10 ERA and seven strikeouts this season. This will be Smith’s first career game against the Rays.

The Rays are 2-6 in their last 8 during game 3 of a series, 3-10 in Snells last 13 road starts and 1-6 in Snells last 7 starts. The Yankees are 9-4 in their last 13 vs. American League East, 1-5 in their last 6 during game 3 of a series and 4-1 in their last 5 home games. The Rays are 7-19 in the last 26 meetings in New York.

The Rays haven't had much success this season with Snell on the mound, and now they're finding every way possible to lose games the last couple of weeks. Smith has just 6.2 career innings under his belt and will make his debut at Yankee Stadium. While the pitching matchup may be a bit of a wash, the Yanks are red hot offensively and have enough to carry them this game. New York's ability to put runs on the board is the difference here.

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