New York Yankees (61-58) at Tampa Bay Rays (60-61)
|Date & Time||Friday August 15, 2014, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -136 / New York Yankees +126 --- Over/Under: 7
The Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees face off on Friday at Tropicana Field for game one of their series.
The Tampa Bay Rays haven’t packed it in yet but they have a lot of teams to jump if they hope to make the post season. The Rays are 27-32 at home, 6-4 in their last 10 games, and they have won their last two games. As a team the Rays are hitting .253 with James Loney hitting .286, Ben Zobrist hitting .282, and Matt Joyce hitting .281. The Rays pitching staff has an ERA of 3.50 with the starters at 3.51 and the bullpen at 3.49. For game one against the Yankees the Rays start Alex Cobb who has won his last five decisions. For the season Cobb has allowed 98 hits and 41 earned runs while striking out 102 over 108.1 innings for a 7-6 record and a 3.41 ERA.
The New York Yankees have been struggling of late and at the same time they have dropped considerably in the post-season standings. The Yankees are 32-29 on the road, 5-5 in their last 10 games, and they have lost their last four games in a row. As a team he Yankees are hitting .249 with Bret Gardener hitting .278, Jacoby Ellsbury hitting .276, and Derek Jeter hitting .270. The Yankees pitching staff has an ERA of 3.90 with the starters at 3.88 and the bullpen at 3.93. For game one against the Rays the Yankees start Brandon McCarthy who has found his game since being traded to New York. Since becoming a Yankee McCarthy has allowed 41 hits and nine earned runs while striking out 36 over 36.2 innings for a 4-1 record and a 2.21 ERA.
Tampa Bay is 6-1 in game two of their series, 6-2 in their last eight games, and 1-4 in Cobb’s last five home starts. New York is 4-12 against the AL East, 1-5 as a road underdog, and 5-1 in McCarthy’s alst six starts. New York is 8-18 in their last 26 games at Tampa Bay.
Nether of these pitchers allow much but the total still looks to be on the low side so my free pick is the Over. My stronger pick is on the winning side and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App.
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