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New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays Game 2 - 7/18/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees
Date & Time Thursday July 18, 2019, 7:05 PM (EDT)
Location
Yankee Stadium
New York, New York
The Line
New York Yankees -112 / Tampa Bay Rays +102 O/U: 9.5
TV Channel
YES, SUN
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The Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees will finish their MLB series with game two of a doubleheader Thursday.

The teams split the first pair of games in this set, with Tampa winning 5-4 on Monday and New York getting an 8-3 win Tuesday. The Wednesday game was rained out and will be made up at 3 PM ET on Thursday.

For the Thursday game two, the Rays will be sending out Charlie Morton in the start. Over 118.2 innings and an 11-2 mark so far, Morton has a 2.35 ERA with 148 Ks and 37 BBs.

Over on the Yankees’ side, they’re likely going to use an opener here, and whomever gets the call may hinge on how the first game goes. Chad Green is one possibility in this scenario.

The Rays are 5-0 in their last five in game four of a series and 8-3 in Morton’s last 11 road starts. Tampa is 7-3 in Morton’s last 10 starts and 7-3 in his last 10 on grass.

Meanwhile, the Yankees are 5-1 in their last six Thursday games and 52-23 in their last 75 overall.  New York is 50-20 in their last 70 versus the AL East and 24-8 in their last 32 versus a team with a winning record.

Morton has been pretty darn solid over his last three games. He’s 3-0 in that span, with just four earned runs over 18.2 innings on 15 hits (along with 28 strikeouts).

Thanks to the rainout Wednesday, this looks like it’ll be a bullpen game for New York. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but if the Yankees have to stretch a lot of their guys in game one things could get dicey.

With Morton dealing right now, this isn’t a bad spot to roll with the Rays. That said, doubleheaders are tough to call.

Pick:
Tampa Bay Rays +102

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