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New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 5/17/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees
Date & Time Friday May 17, 2019, 7:05 PM (EDT)
Location
Yankee Stadium
Bronx, NY
The Line
New York Yankees / Tampa Bay Rays -- O/U:
TV Channel
YES
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The Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees meet in game one of a three game AL East division set in MLB action from Yankee Stadium on Friday night.

The Tampa Bay Rays will look to keep their momentum going after completing a two game sweep of Miami, including a 1-0 win in the series finale on Wednesday. Anthony Bemboom had two hits with a double and the lone RBI of the game while Tommy Pham, Ji-Man Choi, Brandon Lowe, Yandy Diaz and Willy Adames each had base hits as well in the win. Jalen Beeks got the win to improve to 3-0 on the year while Diego Castillo closed out the 9th for his 5th save of the season. Ryne Stanek will get the start and is 0-1 with a 2.45 ERA and 22 strikeouts this season.

The New York Yankees will look to keep their momentum going after winning 8 of their last 10 games following a doubleheader sweep of the Orioles on Wednesday. The Yankees won game one by a final score of 5-3 and took the second leg by a final score of 3-1. In game one, a lot of New York’s damage came via the long ball, with Gleyber Torres hitting a pair of solo shots while Cameron Maybin and Gary Sanchez each had a solo homer as well. In game two, Luke Voit went 3 for 4 with a double and two RBIs while Torres hit his 3rd solo homer of the day. Game one saw J.A. Happ get the win to improve to 3-3 on the year after allowing three runs on five hits while Aroldis Chapman picked up his 10th save of the year. Game two saw Domingo German improve to 8-1 on the year after allowing one run over seven innings of work with eight strikeouts while Chapman picked up his 2nd save of the day and 11th of the year. CC Sabathia will start game one and is 2-1 with a 3.26 ERA and 23 strikeouts this season. In his career, Sabathia is 17-16 with a 3.67 ERA and 295 strikeouts against Tampa Bay.

Yampa Bay is 23-8 in their last 31 road games and 54-26 in their last 80 games overall while the under is 5-2-1 in their last 8 division games. New York is 27-9 in Sabathia’s last 36 home starts and 20-7 in their last 27 games overall while the over is 15-7-1 in their last 23 division games. New York is 10-3 in Sabathia’s last 13 starts against Tampa Bay and 4-1 in Sabathia’s last 5 home starts against Tampa Bay.

I’d like to take Tampa Bay with some sort of revenge factor at play here. However, back-to-back shutouts is impressive, but when those shutouts come against a Miami team that can’t score, it kind of takes away some of the luster. First place in the division is on the line in this series and although it’s early, that kind of confidence can carry over for quite some time. The Yankees are simply playing the better baseball of the two over the last couple of weeks, so I’ll side with the Yankees to draw first blood on Friday.

Pick:
New York Yankees

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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