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Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees - 7/5/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays
Date & Time Friday July 5, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)
Tropicana Field
Tampa, FL
The Line
Tampa Bay Rays +105 / New York Yankees -125
TV Channel
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The New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays meet in game two of their four game AL East division set in MLB action from Tropicana Field on Friday.

The New York Yankees will look to build on a series opening 8-4 win in extra innings on Thursday. Gary Sanchez had a home run and three RBIs while DJ LeMahieu had two RBIs. Edwin Encarnacion added a solo home run while Aaron Hicks had a double and an RBI and Mike Tauchman chipped in an RBI as well in the winning effort for the Bronx Bombers. Didi Gregorius, Mike Ford and Brett Gardner each had base hits as well to round out New York’s offense as a team in the victory. J.A. Happ gave up one run on three hits while walking three and striking out five over 5.1 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Aroldis Chapman got the win to improve to 2-1 on the year while David Hale picked up his 2nd save of the year. Masahiro Tanaka will start game two and is 5-5 with a 3.74 ERA and 85 strikeouts this season. In his career, Tanaka is 10-4 with a 3.06 ERA and 115 strikeouts against Tampa Bay.

The Tampa Bay Rays will look to rebound after dropping the series opener on Thursday. Avisail Garcia and Joey Wendle each had a double and an RBI while Travis D’Arnaud added an RBI as well. Austin Meadows went 2 for 5 with a double while Yandy Diaz, Tommy Pham, Willy Adames and Guillermo Heredia each had a base hit to cap off the Rays’ offense as a team in defeat. Yonny Chirinos gave up three runs on five hits while striking out five over seven innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Oliver Drake took the loss in relief, falling to 0-1 on the year. Brendan McKay will start game two and is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 3 strikeouts this season. This will be McKay’s first career start against the Yankees.

New York is 4-0 in Tanaka’s last 4 starts and 38-15 in their last 53 games overall while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 division games. Tampa Bay is 2-5 in their last 7 division games and 4-0 in their last 4 games against a right-handed starter while the over is 3-0-2 in their last 5 home games. New York is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams, 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Tampa Bay and 12-5 in Tanaka’s last 17 starts against Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay and the plus money at home is kind of tempting given that the Rays need wins to gain ground in the division race and McKay looked solid in his major league debut. However, the Yankees have won eight of the first ten games against the Rays this season, and McKay will have his hands full against a power-hitting Yankees lineup. Lets also not forget that Tanaka, despite his recent ups and downs, has had a lot of success in his career against Tampa Bay. I’ll lay the juice with New York for another victory on Friday.

New York Yankees -125

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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