New York Yankees (3-4) at Tampa Bay Rays (3-4)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 1:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
Domingo German (0-1) (9.00) vs. Chris Archer (0-1) (13.50)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays +115 / New York Yankees -125 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays meet Saturday in MLB action from Tropicana Field.
This will be the second installment of a three-game weekend set between these teams. In the series opener on Friday, the Rays powered out a five-run win. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
New York had a little trouble against the Blue Jays in their opening series, but then got two of three versus the Orioles. In the opener versus the Rays Friday, the Yankees posted four runs in the third inning but couldn’t keep up in an eventual 10-5 loss. DJ LeMahieu posted two hits with two runs and one RBI in that one.
For the Saturday game two, the Yankees are sending out Domingo German. In his first start this year versus the Blue Jays, German could only go three innings. He threw 68 pitches in that one, coughing up a pair of home runs as well. German posted a 1.38 ERA this spring, though.
Over on the Rays’ side, they won their opener series versus the Marlins but couldn’t get anything going in a three-game sweep by the Red Sox. On Friday, Tampa notched nine runs through four innings and cruised from there. Austin Meadows put up three hits, two runs and a walk.
For the Saturday start, the Rays will turn to Chris Archer. Archer’s first appearance this year lasted 2.0 innings. He gave up four hits and three earned runs in that one, taking a loss. Archer has posted a 3.14 ERA against the Yankees during his career.
The Yankees are 50-21 in their last 71 Saturday games and 36-16 in their last 52 in game two of a series. The under is 5-1 in New York’s last six Saturday games and the over is 5-1 in the last six in game two of a series.
Meanwhile, the Rays are 5-1 in their last six Saturday games and 5-1 in their last six in game two of a series. The over is 5-0 in the Ray’s last five in game two of a series and 7-2 in their last nine versus the AL East.
PICK: I’m going to take the Yankees here, but probably staying away. This matchup features two starting pitchers who didn’t exactly impress in their first appearances, but both have great stuff when they’re on. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this one become more of a bullpen game, and it’ll probably be tight most of the way. I like New York a little better in that capacity, but not by much.