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Rays vs. Yankees - 4/19/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New York Yankees (4-6) at Tampa Bay Rays (6-5)
Date & Time Sunday April 19, 2015, 1:10 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -101 / New York Yankees -109 --- Over/Under: 7.5
TV Channel
PIX11, SunSports
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MLB | New York Yankees (4-6) at Tampa Bay Rays (6-5)
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The New York Yankees look to sweep the Tampa Bay Rays Sunday afternoon in their three-game series.

The New York Yankees look to stay hot after winning four of their last six games. The Yankees bats have woken up as of late, as they’ve produced five or more runs in five of their last six games and 14 runs in this series. The Yankees have won six of their last nine games when scoring more than three runs. Jacoby Ellsbury leads New York with 12 hits and six walks, while Alex Rodriguez and  Chris Young have combined for 19 RBI. The New York Yankees are 3-2 on the road this season and have shown they’re tough to beat when their offense wakes up. Michael Pineda gets the ball, and he’s 1-0 with a 5.11 ERA and 15 strikeouts this season. Pineda is 1-1 with a 2.88 ERA and 22 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.

The Tampa Bay Rays look to get back on track after splitting their last six games. The Rays pitching staff has let them down as of late, allowing 28 runs in their last four games. The Rays have lost 11 of their last 12 games when allowing more than three runs, dating back to last season. Offensively, Logan Forsythe and Kevin Kiermaier have combined for 22 hits and nine RBI, while Evan Longoria has eight hits in 36 at-bats. The Tampa Bay Rays are just 1-4 on their home field could really use a win here with the Red Sox coming to town next. Matt Andriese takes the hill, and he’s 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA and three strikeouts this season. This will be Andriese’s first career game against the Yankees.

The Yankees are 0-5 in their last 5 games as a road favorite and 4-0 in Pinedas last 4 starts. The Rays are 1-4 in their last 5 home games and  4-1 in their last 5 games vs. a right-handed starter. The under is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Tampa Bay.

Hard to pick the Rays at home with the way they've played. Better yet, hard to bet against the Yanks with the way they're hitting the ball and the fact they've won four straight with Pineda on the mound. Take the road team for the sweep. 

Pick:
New York Yankees -109

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