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MLB Rays vs Yankees Predictions

Major League Baseball betting sees the Tampa Bay Rays taking on the New York Yankees on Friday July 3 at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all MLB season long.

This is an important series in AL East, which couldn’t be tighter. Both of these teams are playing better than I thought they would.

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Tampa Bay Rays (42-39) vs. New York Yankees (42-37)
Friday July 3
Yankee Stadium – Bronx, New York
MLB Betting Lines:  New York -120, Tampa Bay +111
MLB Betting Total:
Probable Pitchers:
TB:  Chris Archer (R) vs. NYY:  Masahiro Tanaka (R)
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Tampa Bay

Things are so very tight in the AL East and the Rays have been fading. They have lost five in a row and eight of ten and you have to wonder if this club that is not overly talented is just finally finding its level.

Matt Moore is back from injury but he certainly did not give them a lift yesterday and not they head into the Bronx looking to stem the bleeding.

This is a club that looks like it really needs the All-Star break but it is still more than a week away.

A lot may happen to them in that span as they face three winning teams.


Tampa desperately needs ace Chris Archer to stop the bleeding.

He has been superb most of the season but his last outing against Boston was one of his worst of the season.  He has made one start against the Yankees this season, a game they won where he didn’t give up much.

He has lost back to back starts just once this season and if he loses on Friday the rest of the weekend could be pretty ugly.

New York

The Yankees have not been playing much better than Tampa, winning only four of their last ten. They have a couple of series at home before heading to Boston before the break and will be looking to close a first half that they have to be pleased with on a roll.

The Yankees are a huge x factor. They have enough offense to compete but not enough pitching it seems. I am not sure they have enough in their farm system either but they could essentially buy some players.

Masahiro Tanaka has been good but not great this season. His last two starts have been terrible and he has not pitched well in Yankee Stadium which can play like a bandbox against righties if you can load your lineup with lefties.

He has one starts against the Rays this season and was brilliant but that was at the Trop. He has given up a staggering six homers in his last two starts.

Lucky for him Tampa has few power threats.

MLB Betting Trends:

  • Under is 22-7-1 in TB last 30 road games.
  • Under is 22-8 in TB last 30 games as an underdog.
  • Under is 18-7-1 in TB last 26 on grass.
  • Over is 7-1 in NYY last 8 Fri. games.
  • Over is 7-2 in NYY last 9 games as a favorite.
  • NYY are 12-4 in their last 16 home games.

MLB Betting Prediction:  Tampa +111

I am banking on Archer to be good and for Tanaka to continue his home struggles on Friday Night.

MLB Score Prediction:   Tampa  Bay 7 – New York 3

Underdog value there is too good to ignore and both clubs are slumping.


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