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Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees - 7/23/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Yankees (63-34) at Tampa Bay Rays (50-49)
Date & Time Monday July 23, 2018, 7:10 PM (EDT)
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MLB | New York Yankees (63-34) at Tampa Bay Rays (50-49)
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The New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays meet Monday in MLB action at Tropicana Field.

The New York Yankees look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Yankees have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine of their last 10 games. The New York Yankees have won eight of their last 12 games when scoring more than two runs. Giancarlo Stanton leads the Yankees with 105 hits and 57 RBI while Aaron Judge and Didi Gregorius have combined for 198 hits and 115 RBI. Luis Severino gets the ball, and he is 14-2 with a 2.31 ERA and 144 strikeouts this season. Severino is 7-1 with a 2.38 ERA and 71 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.

The Tampa Bay Rays could use a feel good win here after losing five of their last seven games. The Rays have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 15 games. The Tampa Bay Rays have won seven of their last 10 games when scoring more than three runs. Matt Duffy leads the Rays with 99 hits and 27 RBI while C.J. Cron and Wilson Ramos have combined for 174 hits and 103 RBI. Hunter Wood gets the ball, and he is 0-0 with a 2.70 ERA and 12 strikeouts this season. This will be Wood’s first career game against the Yankees.

The Yankees are 23-9 in their last 32 Monday games, 1-4 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series and 39-13 in Severinos last 52 starts. The Rays are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. American League East, 14-3 in their last 17 home games and 8-2 in their last 10 Monday games. The Yankees are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Tampa Bay, 0-4 in the last 4 meetings and 4-1 in Severinos last 5 starts vs. Rays.

Severino has been a little shaky recently, but he's still a pitcher who has allowed two or less runs in seven of his last 10 starts and is allowing a .209 batting average in 128.1 innings. In 73 career at bats against current Rays, Severino is allowing a .164 batting average and has produced 24 strikeouts. Wood has just 13.2 career innings under his belt and will be going up against one of the most explosive lineups in baseball. Hard not to like the Yankees in a blowout win here.

New York Yankees -1.5

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