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New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 5/18/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees
Date & Time Saturday May 18, 2019, 1:05 PM (EDT)
Location
Yankee Stadium
New York, New York
The Line
New York Yankees -102 / Tampa Bay Rays -108 O/U: 7.5
TV Channel
YES, SUN
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The Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees will continue their MLB series on Saturday.

In the Friday opener of this set, the Yankees rallied to score three runs in the ninth inning and complete an improbable 4-3 victory.

For the Saturday game, the Rays will be sending out lefty Blake Snell. In his 43.0 innings and 3-4 mark so far, Snell has a 3.56 ERA with 62 Ks and 11 BBs.

The Rays posted 10 hits on the night Friday, but couldn’t turn them into runs. three players had two hits in that one, and Willy Adames managed a solo homer.

Over on the Yankees’ side, they’re going with Masahiro Tanaka in the start Saturday. Across 52.1 innings and a 3-3 record, Tanaka has a 3.44 ERA with 47 Ks and 14 BBs.

New York posted a great ninth inning, capped by Gio Urshela’s walk-off single, but were pretty quiet for the rest of the game.

The Rays are 19-7 in their last 26 in game two of a series and 6-2 in Snell’s last eight road starts. Tampa is 1-4 in Snell’s last five starts overall and 5-2 in his last seven Saturday starts.

Meanwhile, the Yankees are 37-14 in their last 51 Saturday games and 7-3 in their last 10 in game two of a series. New York is 6-0 in Tanaka’s last six Saturday starts and 35-17 in his last 52 home starts.

Following a tough 3.0 innings with seven earned in KC on May 1, Snell has been solid over his last pair of starts with two earned in 11.2 innings on five hits.

As for Tanaka, he’s sitting on two consecutive quality starts with three earned on 10 hits in 13.1 innings. This should be a pretty fun game to watch but I like Tanaka to keep it going here so I’ll take the Yankees.

Pick:
New York Yankees -102

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