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Tampa Bay Rays Odds
After beating Yankees ace Gerrit Cole on Monday, the surging Tampa Bay Rays try to improve to 8-1 in the season series with the New York on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium, where they are 4-0 this season.
The Rays have won six straight, 13 of 15 and 19 of 22. Nobody hits the Yankees as well as Ji-Man Choi, who is batting .391 (9-for-23) against New York after going 3-for-3 on Monday, However, Choi exited in the ninth inning with stomach pain.
The Rays also won without Austin Meadows (oblique) and after pulling Yandy Diaz (hamstring). Tampa Bay will use Trevor Richards (0-0, 4.71 ERA) as an opener on Tuesday. In two relief outings vs. New York this year, he has yielded four runs (two earned) in seven innings.
New York Yankees Odds
The New York Yankees are on a six-game skid against the Tampa Bay Rays heading into the penultimate meeting with them on Tuesday. The Yankees are struggling in clutch spots against Tampa Bay, going 5-for-51 with runners in scoring position in the first eight matchups.
Masahiro Tanaka (0-1, 3.48 ERA) will make his third start of the season against Tampa Bay and is 10-5 with a 3.33 ERA in 20 career starts against the Rays. He held the Rays to one hit in five scoreless innings Aug. 7 but gave up six runs (five earned) in four innings on Aug. 18.
In Tanaka’s latest start, he threw five scoreless innings against the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday, fanning four and walking none while allowing three hits.
Field Level Media Betting Prediction for Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees
The Yankees could be due to break through against the Rays, especially given their struggles with runners in scoring position and the fact the Rays are going with an opener in Trevor Richards and Masahiro Tanaka is coming off a strong outing.
FLM Prediction: Yankees 6, Rays 4
Field Level Media‘s Best Bet for Rays vs. Yankees on September 1, 2020
The over-under on Tanaka strikeouts is 5.5. Tanaka is not a big strikeout pitcher with 17 in 20 2/3 innings through his first five starts. So far, he has yet to get more than five strikeouts, and that was in five innings Aug. 7 in Tampa Bay.
The Rays are averaging about nine strikeouts per game, but Tanaka does not get strikeouts as often as Gerrit Cole, so getting the under should be attainable.
FLM Best Bet: Tanaka under 5.5 K’s