New York Yankees vs Tampa Bay Rays Predictions, MLB Picks, Betting Tips 8/7/2020
Game: New York Yankees vs Tampa Bay Rays
Date: Friday, August 7, 2020
Location: Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Yankees (+105) Rays (-115)
DJ LeMahieu and the New York Yankees (9-2, 1st in AL East) are headed to Tropicana Field on Friday where they'll take on the Tampa Bay Rays (5-7, 4th in AL East). The Yankees open this contest at +105 while the Rays are priced at -115. The O/U has been set at 8.5. The pitchers taking the mound are Masahiro Tanaka and Blake Snell.
Key New York Yankees Injuries
8/6/2020 Tommy Kahnle RP Elbow Out for the season
8/5/2020 Aroldis Chapman RP Not Injury Related Expected to be out until at least Aug 14
6/28/2020 Luis Severino SP Elbow Out for the season
Key Tampa Bay Rays Injuries
8/6/2020 Yonny Chirinos SP Triceps Expected to be out until at least Aug 13
8/5/2020 Randy Arozarena CF Not Injury Related Expected to be out until at least Aug 12
7/21/2020 Colin Poche RP Elbow Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Yankees have a 9-2 overall record this season. Tanaka has taken the hill for 184 frames and has accumulated 152 strikeouts in his pro baseball career. His earned run average is 4.45 (91 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.254. He has conceded 190 base hits (9.3 hits per nine innings) with 41 walks. Tanaka (11-9 career record) has earned a FIP of 4.23 while he has gone up against 772 hitters in the major leagues. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.59 and they have given up 32 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .168 against the bullpen and they've struck out 51 hitters and walked 15 batters. As a team, New York allows 7.5 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.8 batters per nine innings. They are 15th in the league in team earned run average at 4.2. The Yankees pitchers collectively have given up 75 base hits and 42 earned runs. They have allowed 16 home runs this season, ranking them 8th in the league. New York as a pitching staff has walked 32 batters and struck out 88. They have walked 3.2 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.19 and their FIP as a unit is 4.58.
As a team New York is hitting .257, good for 4th in the league. The Yankees hold a .491 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .339, which is good for 5th in baseball. They rank 8th in MLB with 8.0 hits per game. DJ LeMahieu is hitting .415 with an on-base percentage of .429. He has 17 hits this season in 41 at bats with 5 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .585 and an OPS+ of 190. Aaron Judge is hitting .310 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .370. He has totaled 13 hits and he has driven in 17 men in 42 at bats. His OPS+ is 240 while his slugging percentage is at .857. The Yankees have 88 hits, including 11 doubles and 23 home runs. New York has walked 36 times so far this season and they have struck out 95 times as a unit. They have left 65 men on base and have a team OPS of .831. They score 5.55 runs per contest and have scored a total of 61 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Tampa Bay has a 5-7 overall mark this year. Snell (38-28 career record) has earned a 3.26 earned run average while giving up 7.4 hits per nine innings. He has a SO/W ratio of 2.75 and he has faced 2,114 batters so far in his pro baseball career. During his MLB career, Snell has surrendered 421 base hits while he has totaled 594 K's in 511 innings pitched. He has given up a total of 185 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.247 and having a FIP of 3.5. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.40 and they have given up 53 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .229 against the Rays bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 67 batters and walked 18 opposing hitters. As a team, Tampa Bay allows 8.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 10.5 batters per nine innings. They are 10th in the league in team earned run average at 3.63. The Rays pitchers as a team have surrendered 105 base knocks and 43 earned runs this season. They have given up 14 home runs this year, which ranks 11th in Major League Baseball. Tampa Bay as a staff has walked 36 hitters and struck out 125 batters. They give up a walk 3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 10.5 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.32 while their FIP as a staff is 3.53.
As a team, they are batting .211, good for 23rd in the league. The Rays hold a .365 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .303, which is good for 19th in baseball. They rank 21st in MLB with 6.8 hits per contest. Brandon Lowe comes into this matchup batting .302 with an OBP of .375. He has 13 hits this year along with 9 RBI in 43 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .605 with an OPS+ of 180. Joey Wendle is hitting .357 this season and he has an OBP of .379. He has collected 10 hits in 28 at bats while driving in 2 runs. He has an OPS+ of 173 and a slugging percentage of .571. The Rays as a unit have 82 base hits, including 20 doubles and 10 homers. Tampa Bay has walked 48 times this year and they have struck out on 113 occasions. They have had 73 men left on base and have an OPS of .668. They have scored 4.25 runs per game and totaled 51 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Yankees/Rays MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Yankees (+105)
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