New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays 8/16/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 8/15/2014
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg
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Saturday afternoon, Shane Greene (3 - 1, 2.89 ERA) gets the call for the New York Yankees as they take on Drew Smyly (7 - 10, 3.73 ERA) and the Tampa Bay Rays. Greene makes his 7th start and 8th appearance as Smyly makes his 21st start and 24th appearance.
Shane Greene pitched 8 shutout innings in his last outing and it led to a win for him. In those 8 innings, Greene surrendered just 5 hits and 3 walks while striking out 5. Since getting the call from the Yankees, Greene has given them some decent innings of work. He has lost just 1 of his starts so far and has managed to show good control in the rest of his appearances. Greene was 5 - 2 with a 4.61 ERA in 13 starts and 2 relief appearances in the Minors this season.
Greene has never faced the Rays but with the help of a good scouting report, he might be able to get the information needed to lead him to victory.
Drew Smyly picked up his first victory as a member of the Rays in his last start. In the victory, Smyly hurled 7.2 innings of scoreless ball and gave up just 3 hits and 3 walks while striking out 9. The former Tiger had been up and down in Detroit but a new environment could make a difference. In his last 10 outings, Smyly is 4 - 5. Last season, Smyly went 6 -0-2 with a 2.37 ERA in 63 relief appearances for the Detroit Tigers.
In 2013, Smyly had a save in 3 relief appearances against the Yankees. New York is batting .208 against Smyly with 5 hits in 24 at-bats.
New York Yankees Betting Trends
New York Yankees are 50-66-3 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for New York Yankees is -0.3
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
Tampa Bay Rays are 56-58-7 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Tampa Bay Rays is 0.2
Injuries to Watch
New York Yankees
08/09/14 C Brian McCann Concussion 7-day DL (8/9)
08/05/14 P David Phelps Elbow 15-day DL (8/4)
07/10/14 P Masahiro Tanaka Elbow 15-day DL (7/9)
05/11/14 P CC Sabathia Knee 60-day DL (5/11); out for season
04/20/14 P Ivan Nova Elbow 60-day DL (4/20); out for season
Tampa Bay Rays
07/18/14 C Ryan Hanigan Oblique 15-day DL (7/9)
06/24/14 LF Jerry Sands Wrist 15-day DL (6/22), out for season
06/19/14 LF David DeJesus Hand 15-day DL (6/19)
06/01/14 RF Wil Myers Wrist 60-day DL (5/31)
04/08/14 P Matt Moore Elbow 60-day DL (4/8), out for season
03/30/14 2B Tim Beckham Knee 60-day DL (3/30)
Josh's Pick: Take New York
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