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New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 4/3/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Rays (1-2) at New York Yankees (2-1)

MLB Baseball: Monday, April 2, 2018 at 1:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)

C Archer (0-0) (6.00) vs. Jordan Montgomery (0-0) (0.00)

The Line: New York Yankees -160 / Tampa Bay Rays +135 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: SUN, YES, ESPN

Out at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, we’ve got a series opener coming between the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees. This will be a make-up game from the scheduled Monday matchup, which was snowed out. 

The Rays are coming off a series versus the Red Sox. Tampa won the opener but dropped the next two. On Sunday, the Rays lost again 2-1 and now sit at 1-3 on the year. 

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New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 4/3/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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For the Monday game, the Rays were set to go with Austin Pruitt, but will be switching things up with Chris Archer on the mound Tuesday. Archer gave up four runs on six hits back on Thursday versus the Red Sox. 

Heading into the week, Matt Duffy was the Rays’ top hitter with four hits and a double, while Denard Span had a triple and three RBI. On Sunday, Brad Miller hit a solo homer and Duffy bagged two more hits. 

Over on the Yankees’ side, they’re fresh off a set versus Toronto. New York won the first two but lost Saturday. In the Sunday game, the losing continued as the Yankees allowed six runs in the seventh and eighth for a 7-4 defeat. 

New York was scheduled to be rolling with lefty Jordan Montgomery on Monday, and they'll be carrying him over to Tuesday. In his 29 starts and 9-7 record last season, Montgomery posted a 3.88 ERA with 140 hits and 67 earned in 155.1 innings overall. 

The Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton led the way coming into the week on four hits, three runs, two homers and four RBI. In the Sunday game, Brandon Drury was the only Yankee with multiple hits and had a two-run homer. 

The Rays are 11-4 in their last 15 Tuesday games and 2-6 in their last eight during game one of a series. The under is 5-0 in Tampa’s last five Tuesday games and 6-1 in their last seven versus the AL East. 

Meanwhile, the Yankees are 4-0 in their last four Tuesday games and 4-1 in their last five during game one of a series. New York is also 20-6 in their last 26 home games and the under is 4-0 in their last four during game one of a series.

The AL East should be a fun division to watch this year, and this game marks the Yankees’ home opener in their “World Series or Bust” campaign. The sketchy weather this week will add a layer of statistical unpredictability here, and we could see games on the lower-scoring side. All of that said, New York plays well at home regardless so I’m going Yankees without overthinking it.

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