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New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 7/18/19 MLB Game 1 Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees
Date & Time Thursday July 18, 2019, 3:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Yankee Stadium
Bronx, New York
The Line
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays +135 / New York Yankees -160 -- Over/Under: 10
TV Channel
YES, SUN, ESPN
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The Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees meet Thursday in game one of an MLB doubleheader at Yankee Stadium.

The Tampa Bay Rays need a win after winning four of their last six games. The Rays have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their last six games. The Tampa Bay Rays have won 10 of their last 13 games when scoring four or more runs. Tommy Pham leads the Rays with 97 hits and 42 RBI while Avisail Garcia and Austin Meadows have combined for 174 hits and 89 RBI. Yonny Chirinos gets the ball, and he is 8-4 with a 3.11 ERA and 89 strikeouts this season. Chirinos is 2-2 with a 3.06 ERA and 24 strikeouts in his career against the Yankees.

The New York Yankees look for a win after winning three of their last five games. The Yankees have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their last five games. The New York Yankees have won 18 of their last 20 games when scoring four or more runs. DJ LeMahieu leads the Yankees with 118 hits and 65 RBI while Gleyber Torres and Luke Voit have combined for 177 hits and 100 RBI. Domingo German gets the ball, and he is 11-2 with a 3.40 ERA and 90 strikeouts this season. German is 2-0 with a 6.75 ERA and 21 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.

The Rays are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series, 0-4 in their last 4 Wednesday games and 1-5 in Chirinos' last 6 starts. The Yankees are 7-1 in their last 8 during game 3 of a series, 4-0 in German's last 4 home starts and 9-2 in German's last 11 starts. The Rays are 8-22 in the last 30 meetings in New York and the under is 15-5-2 in the last 22 meetings in New York. The under is 4-0 in German's last 4 starts overall. The under is 5-2-1 in Chirinos' last 8 starts overall.

Chirinos has been solid all year, which includes allowing just 19 earned runs in his last 51.1 innings, but the Rays have won only two of his last eight games. German has allowed eight hits and one run in his last 12 innings and has a 1.98 ERA and .194 allowed batting average in 36.1 innings at home this season. The New York Yankees offense also broke out of their funk last night and that could have a carryover effect. I'm backing the Yankees and the reasonable price. 

Pick:
New York Yankees -160

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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