Free MLB Pick: Yankees vs Rays Odds
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(1-1) New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays (1-1)
Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Time: 7:10 PM ET
Venue: Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida
Projected Pitchers: Michael Pineda vs. Alex Cobb
MLB Moneyline Odds: Yankees +135 | Rays -105
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Yankees -1.5
MLB Betting Total: 7.5
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New York Yankees
The current iteration of the Yankees are not the Yankees of yester-year. They have far less bloated baseball players on bloated contracts in the twilight of their career, in fact the contrary is true.
They have taken the time to build their farm and are now bursting with prospects up and down their farm system, to include the big league team.
And while they’re built to win, they’re not built to win now.
A lot of New York’s success depends on many of their young guys to live up to expectations, and for the veterans to wait an extra year to begin their decline.
They also lack in depth for their starting pitching and on Wednesday they bring Michael Pineda to the mound.
Pineda can be electric, striking out over 10 batters per nine innings pitched, a top five rate.
Yet his walk rate is higher than you’d like and his homerun rate is near the bottom of the league, a recipe for disaster. He may throw a gem one outing and give up six runs in three innings the next time out.
Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays are a team that is built to surprise people, just as they were when Joe Maddon was managing the team.
The find lesser known players with skills that fit their philosophy and then they wring the talent dry out of each one of those players.
Alex Cobb could fit that mold as well, he missed nearly all of last year after Tommy John surgery in 2015.
Yet prior to his surgery, he was a very effective pitcher, posting an ERA below 3 in back to back seasons with a respectable workload.
Cobb, if healthy, could have a surprise season for the Rays.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- NYY are 11-4 in their last 15 games as a favorite
- Over is 7-2 in TB last 9 games as a home underdog
- TB are 3-8 in their last 11 games as an underdog
Free New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Prediction:
Lucky for the Yankees, the Rays’ style of play should play right into Pineda’s hands, they strike out a bunch and don’t walk very often. They do have a high homerun rate but without baserunners, won’t score runs in bunches.
Picking Pineda is dicey, but he seems well suited for this matchup.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Yankees
Runs may be hard to come by for both teams, but Pineda should have one of his dominating displays against a Rays team that strikes out a lot.
MLB Free Score Prediction: New York 5 – Tampa Bay 2
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