New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 9/28/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Rays (76-82) at New York Yankees (89-69)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 7:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)
Jacob Faria (5-4) (3.33) vs. S Gray (10-11) (3.31)
The Line: New York Yankees -193 / Tampa Bay Rays +181 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: YES, SUN
The Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees meet Thursday in MLB action at Yankee Stadium.
The Tampa Bay Rays could use a win after losing eight of their last 12 games. The Rays have allowed have allowed 21 runs in their last three games and six or more runs in four straight games. The Tampa Bay Rays have lost 13 of their last 15 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Corey Dickerson leads the Rays with 159 hits and 61 RBI while Evan Longoria and Steven Souza Jr. have combined for 282 hits and 161 RBI. Jacob Faria gets the ball, and he is 5-4 with a 3.33 ERA and 82 strikeouts this season. This will be Faria’s second career game against the Yankees.
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The New York Yankees look to stay hot after winning seven of their last nine games. The Yankees have scored 12 runs in this series and five or more runs in seven of their last eight games. The New York Yankees have won seven of their last eight games when scoring more than one run. Brett Gardner leads the Yankees with 156 hits and 62 RBI while Aaron Judge and Didi Gregorius have combined for 301 hits and 198 RBI. Sonny Gray gets the ball, and he is 10-11 with a 3.31 ERA and 151 strikeouts this season. Gray is 3-3 with a 3.71 ERA and 56 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.
The Rays are 7-3 in their last 10 during game 3 of a series, 3-7 in their last 10 road games and 5-2 in Farias last 7 road starts. The Yankees are 10-1 in their last 11 home games, 4-1 in their last 5 Thursday games and 2-5 in Grays last 7 starts vs. American League East. The Rays are 7-22 in the last 29 meetings in New York, 2-7 in the last 9 meetings and the under is 6-0-1 in the last 7 meetings.
Both of these pitchers have been solid as of late, so you could make an argument for either side. However, Faria has lost five straight games due to a lack of run support. In Faria's last five starts, the Rays have produced two or less runs in four of those games, including two shutouts. The Yankees are too hot offensively for the the Rays to have a chance here if that trend holds up. Not to mention Gray is allowing a .214 batting average and striking out 8.4 batters per nine innings with the Yankees. Look for another New York victory here.