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Rays vs. Yankees - 5/14/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New York Yankees (21-13) at Tampa Bay Rays (18-16)
Date & Time Thursday May 14, 2015, 7:10 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays +102 / New York Yankees -112 --- Over/Under: 8.5
TV Channel
PIX11, SunSports, MLB Net
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MLB | New York Yankees (21-13) at Tampa Bay Rays (18-16)
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The New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays end a four-game series Thursday night.

The New York Yankees look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Yankees have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last nine games. The Yankees have won 16 straight games when scoring more than three runs. Jacoby Ellsbury leads New York with 46 hits and six RBI while Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez have combined for 48 RBI. The New York Yankees have split their last eight games on the road. Chase Whitley gets the nod, and he’s 1-1 with a 3.06 ERA and 16 strikeouts this season. Whitley is 1-0 with a 1.00 ERA and nine strikeouts in his career against the Rays.

The Tampa Bay Rays look for a win after winning five of their last eight games. The Rays have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Rays have won five of their last seven games when scoring more than three runs. Logan Forsythe leads Tampa Bay with 35 hits and 15 RBI while Steven Souza Jr. and Evan Longoria have combined for 28 RBI. The Tampa Bay Rays have won seven of their last 10 games on their home field. Erasmo Ramirez takes the hill, and he’s 0-1 with a 8.38 ERA and 16 strikeouts this season. Ramirez is 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA and three strikeouts in his career against the Yankees.

The Yankees are 52-21 in their last 73 during game 4 of a series and 1-5 in Whitleys last 6 starts vs. American League East. The Rays are 6-2 in their last 8 during game 4 of a series and 2-5 in their last 7 Thursday games. The Yankees are 7-2 in the last 9 meetings.

The Rays have been on fire at home. There's really no reason to fade Tampa Bay at home until they start losing. I'll take the plus money here. 

Pick:
Tampa Bay Rays +102

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