Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees Free MLB Picks & Odds
by Josh Schonwald - 5/3/2014
Sunday, May 4, 1:05 PM on SUN, YES
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
Tampa Bay Rays - Bedard, E (0-1) vs. New York Yankees - Sabathia, C (3-3)
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Erik Bedard will make his third start of the season on Sunday when the Tampa Bay Rays face CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees.
Erik Bedard wasn't able to get his first win of the season when he faced the Boston Red Sox last Tuesday, but he did have his best start. He went five innings in that outing and gave up just one run on four hits while striking out a season-best four batters. His ERA is still pretty high at 5.52, but he still hasn't given up a home run this season through 14.2 innings.
Bedard has done better against Derek Jeter than most pitchers by holding him to just seven hits with no home runs in 34 at-bats. Ichiro Suzuki, on the other hand, has done very well against the lefty over the years, going 7-for-17 with a triple and one RBI.
CC Sabathia's two-game winning streak came to an end against the Seattle Mariners last Tuesday when he was only able to make it through five innings. He gave up four earned runs in that game on nine hits while striking out six and walking none. He has a 5.11 ERA on the season now, but his walks are down and his strikeout rate is up from last year.
Evan Longoria is one Rays' hitter who loves facing Sabathia, hitting .411 against him with six home runs and 13 RBI in 56 at-bats.
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
Tampa Bay Rays are 16-10-1 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Tampa Bay Rays is -0.4
New York Yankees Betting Trends
New York Yankees are 12-14-0 against the Over/Under
Run differential for New York Yankees is -0.4
Injuries to Watch
Tampa Bay Rays
04/13/14 P Alex Cobb Oblique 15-day DL (4/13)
04/08/14 P Matt Moore Elbow 15-day DL (4/8), out for season
03/30/14 2B Tim Beckham Knee 15-day DL (3/30)
03/28/14 P Jeremy Hellickson Elbow 15-day DL (3/30)
New York Yankees
04/29/14 CF Jacoby Ellsbury Hand questionable
04/24/14 P Michael Pineda Suspension expected to miss 10 games
04/20/14 P Ivan Nova Elbow 60-day DL (4/20); out for season
04/15/14 C Francisco Cervelli Hamstring 60-day DL (4/13)
04/01/14 SS Brendan Ryan Back 15-day DL (3/22)
Josh's Pick: Take New York
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