Tampa Bay Rays (98-61) vs. New York Yankees (91-68)
October 1, 2021 7:05 pm EDT
The Line: New York Yankees -156 / Tampa Bay Rays +120; Over/Under: 9
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The Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees meet Friday in MLB action at Yankee Stadium. The Rays look for a win after winning five of their last seven games. The Yankees look for a win after winning eight of their last nine games.
games. The Rays have won seven straight games when scoring four or more runs. Randy Arozarena leads the Rays with 141 hits and 69 RBI while Brandon Lowe and Joey Wendle have combined for 250 hits and 146 RBI. Shane McClanahan gets the ball, and he is 10-6 with a 3.44 ERA and 138 strikeouts this season. McClanahan is 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA and 12 strikeouts in his career against the Yankees.
The New York Yankees have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine straight games. The Yankees have won 12 of their last 13 games when scoring four or more runs. DJ LeMahieu leads the Yankees with 160 hits and 57 RBI while Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton have combined for 292 hits and 193 RBI. Nestor Cortes gets the ball, and he is 2-2 with a 2.85 ERA and 98 strikeouts this season. Cortes is 0-0 with a 4.41 ERA and 18 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.
The Rays are 10-2 in their last 12 Friday games and 51-24 in their last 75 overall. The Yankees are 5-2 in their last 7 home games and 19-7 in their last 26 during game 1 of a series. The under is 6-1 in Rays last 7 overall. The under is 12-4 in Yankees last 16 Friday games. The Rays are 11-4 in the last 15 meetings in New York.
McClanahan has been money lately, allowing six runs in his last 20 innings, while Cortes has allowed nine runs in his last 26.2 innings. The difference here is the Rays have nothing to play for and the Yankees need another win to clinch a wild card spot. The Yankees offense is on fire right now and getting timely hits. I’ll lay the reasonable price with the home team.