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Tampa Bay Rays vs. N.Y. Yankees Gambling Free Prediction / MLB Preview

MLB Betting Previews- Tampa Bay vs New York Yankees

The Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees kick-off a four-game series at Yankee Stadium this Thursday night in a crucial mid-season AL East showdown.  Game time is set for 7:05 p.m. and it will be broadcast nationally on the MLB Network.

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Bet On Baseball – Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees
J. Niemann (3-4) vs. B. Colon (6-3)
Date/Time: Thursday, July 7   7:05 p.m. (ET)
Venue: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, N.Y.
Broadcast: MLB Network
Rays at Yankees lines by bodog.com
Moneyline: Yankees -167
Over/Under: 9.5
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Tampa Bay will look to make up some ground in the division with a strong showing over the next four days after falling 4.5 games back of New York. It is coming off a 12-5 win over Minnesota on Wednesday afternoon as a 102 road underdog. The Rays are 48-39 overall heading into this series. They are 21-21 at home and 27-18 on the road.

Run production has been spotty for Tampa Bay this season with an average of 4.17 runs per game, which is ranked eighth in the American League. The good news is that four players in the lineup have 40 or more RBI led by B.J. Upton’s 45.

Jeff Niemann is slated to get the start on Thursday for the Rays. He is 3-4 this season with a 5.05 ERA, but earned his third win by holding St. Louis to one earned run on nine hits in six innings of work this past Saturday. He is 2-0 lifetime against the Yankees with an ERA of 3.74.

New York is 8-2 in its last 10 games heading into Wednesday’s series finale with Cleveland. It has a 1.5 game lead over Boston with an overall record of 51-33, which is tops in the AL. The Yankees are 23-15 on the road this season and 28-18 at home.

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Scoring has not been an issue for the Bronx Bombers with an AL-best 445 runs on the year. The Yankees received a boost earlier this week when Derek Jeter rejoined the lineup after a 15-day stint on the DL. He remains in pursuit of his 3000th Major League hit and was just four shy after posting two hits in Tuesday’s game.

New York skipper Joe Girardi has penciled-in Bartolo Colon as the starter for Thursday’s game. He is 6-3 this season with an ERA of 2.88. In his first start since June 11, he held the Mets scoreless on five hits through six innings this past Saturday to get the win. Colon is 7-2 against the Rays with a 3.90 ERA.

Head-to-head, they spit the two games they played this season in St. Petersburg, but in 2010 the Rays had a slight 10-8 edge overall and a 5-4 edge at Yankee Stadium. The total has gone ‘over’ in four of the last six meetings. Stick with the Yankees to grab the early edge in this series as they extend their home winning streak to six games behind another strong outing by Colon.

MLB Gambling Trends:

Under is 6-2-1 in TB last 9 overall.
Over is 11-4-3 in Niemanns last 18 road starts.
TB are 12-5 in Niemanns last 17 road starts.
Under is 6-1-1 in NYY last 8 overall.
Under is 6-1-1 in NYY last 8 on grass.
NYY are 15-4 in their last 19 Thu. games.
Over is 8-1 in the last 9 meetings in New York.
Over is 15-6 in the last 21 meetings.

The Pick: Yankees 6   Tampa Bay 3

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