Tampa Bay Rays (11-8) at New York Yankees (11-8)
|Date & Time||Tuesday April 28, 2015, 7:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: New York Yankees -123 / Tampa Bay Rays +113 --- Over/Under: 8.5
The Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees play game two of their series Tuesday night.
The Tampa Bay Rays look to stay hot after winning five of their last six games. The Rays have allowed seven runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last seven games. The Rays have won nine of their last 10 games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Evan Longoria leads Tampa Bay with 21 hits and four RBI while Steven Souza Jr. and Tim Beckham have combined for 21 RBI. The Tampa Bay Rays have won five of their last seven road games. Jake Odorizzi gets the ball, and he’s 2-1 with a 1.65 ERA and 22 strikeouts this season. Odorizzi is 2-2 with a 4.66 ERA and 25 strikeouts in his career against the Yankees.
The New York Yankees look for a win after winning six of their last seven games. The Yankees have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Yankees have won eight straight games when scoring more than three runs. Jacoby Ellsbury leads New York with 21 hits and three RBI while Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez have combined for 31 RBI. The New York Yankees have won four of their last five games on their home field. Chase Whitley takes the hill, and he was 4-3 with a 5.23 ERA and 60 strikeouts last season. Whitley is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and four strikeouts in his career against the Rays.
The Rays are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series and 2-5 in Odorizzis last 7 starts as a road underdog. The Yankees are 5-2 in their last 7 games vs. a right-handed starter and 4-1 in Whitleys last 5 starts as a favorite. The Rays are 12-4 in the last 16 meetings in New York.
I don't like pitchers who are making their first start in the middle of the season. The Rays are also playing great ball, including Odorizzi. Give me Tampa Bay and the plus money.