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Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees - 5/12/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays
Date & Time Sunday May 12, 2019, 1:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Tropicana Field
Tampa, Florida
The Line
The Line: New York Yankees +141 / Tampa Bay Rays -153 -- Over/Under: 7
TV Channel
YES, SUN
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The New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays meet Sunday in MLB action at Tropicana Field.

The New York Yankees look for a win after winning five of their last seven games. The Yankees have scored nine runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 12 games. The New York Yankees have won nine of their last 10 games when scoring more than two runs. DJ LeMahieu leads the Yankees with 43 hits and 20 RBI while Gleyber Torres and Luke Voit have combined for 75 hits and 47 RBI. Masahiro Tanaka gets the ball, and he is 2-3 with a 3.77 ERA and 40 strikeouts this season. Tanaka is 8-4 with a 3.72 ERA and 92 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.

The Tampa Bay Rays look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Rays have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 12 games. The Tampa Bay Rays have won their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. Tommy Pham leads the Rays with 40 hits and 18 RBI while Brandon Lowe and Avisail Garcia have combined for 74 hits and 36 RBI. Blake Snell gets the ball, and he is 3-3 with a 3.62 ERA and 50 strikeouts this season. Snell is 3-4 with a 4.37 ERA and 54 strikeouts in his career against the Yankees.

The Yankees are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series, 4-1 in their last 5 Sunday games and 2-5 in Tanakas last 7 starts. The Rays are 16-5 in their last 21 Sunday games, 0-5 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series and 16-5 in Snells last 21 home starts. The Yankees are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Tampa Bay, 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and 10-4 in Tanakas last 14 starts vs. Rays. The under is 18-7-2 in Snells last 27 starts overall. The under is 5-2 in Tanakas last 7 starts overall.

Tanaka has been impressive this season, but he has an ERA over five in 15.2 innings on the road and past years have shown it's not long before he throws a stinker into the mix. Snell is coming off a six inning shutout against Arizona and the Rays have a ton of success whenever he pitches at home. Also, current Yankees hitters are batting .196 against Snell with 31 strikeouts in 112 at bats. The Tampa Bay Rays should be favored here at home with the pitching edge, especially when you know Tanaka is due for a poor performance. 

Pick:
Tampa Bay Rays -153

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