Tampa Bay Rays versus New York Yankees MLB Betting Prediction

The Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees meet for game one of their series from Tampa. All MLB odds are updated at Bovada sportsbook.

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The Rays are on the outside looking in for a playoff spot and will look to gain some ground on the first-place Yankees this week. They are just 1.5 games back in the wild card and 3.5 games back for the division. They will send James Shields to the mound this afternoon who has won 4 of his last 5 decisions. For the season Shields is pitching to a 3.91 ERA in 182 innings of work.

The Yankees are struggling and are beginning to fade a little bit on top of the division. They are just two games in front of the second-place Orioles and need to get on a roll to secure a division title. They will start their ace CC Sabathia who is coming off a loss in his last start. For the season Sabathia has allowed 149 hits in 156 innings of work.

Tampa Bay is 6-1 in their last seven games against a left handed starter, 1-4 in their last five home games against a team with a winning road record, and 5-1 in Shields’ last six starts. New York is 2-5 in their last seven road games, 1-7 in their last eight games against a team with a winning record, and 41-18 in Sabathia’s last 59 road starts. New York is 5-11 in the last 16 meetings of these two.

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We think that both pitchers will pitch well considering the importance of this game. Give us the under for total runs scored at the sports book.