Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees Prediction, 8/19/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees
Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Location: Yankee Stadium in Bronx, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Rays (+166) Yankees (-180)
Luke Voit and the New York Yankees (16-6, 1st in AL East) play the Tampa Bay Rays (14-9, 2nd in AL East) at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday. The odds on this game have the Rays coming in at +166 and the Yankees are at -180. The over/under is set at 8.5. The starting pitchers are Tyler Glasnow and Gerrit Cole.
Key Tampa Bay Rays Injuries
8/16/2020 Oliver Drake RP Biceps Expected to be out until at least Aug 24
8/16/2020 Charlie Morton SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 22
8/15/2020 Jose Alvarado RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 25
8/13/2020 Andrew Kittredge RP Elbow Out for the season
7/21/2020 Colin Poche RP Elbow Out for the season
Key New York Yankees Injuries
8/17/2020 DJ LeMahieu 2B Thumb Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
8/17/2020 Giancarlo Stanton DH Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
8/14/2020 Aaron Judge RF Calf Expected to be out until at least Aug 22
8/8/2020 Kyle Higashioka C Oblique Expected to be out until at least Aug 18
8/6/2020 Tommy Kahnle RP Elbow Out for the season
6/28/2020 Luis Severino SP Elbow Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Rays have a 14-9 overall record this season. Glasnow (10-18 win-loss mark in his career) holds a FIP of 4.20 and he has faced 1,181 opposing hitters in the major leagues. His ERA is 4.65 (141 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.403. He has conceded 249 base knocks (8.2 hits per 9 innings) and has 134 free passes. Glasnow has taken the ball for 273 frames and has 319 K's thus far in his career. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.23 and they have given up 116 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .240 against the bullpen and they've struck out 123 hitters and walked 36 batters. As a team, Tampa Bay allows 9.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.7 batters per nine innings. They are 16th in the league in team earned run average at 4.28. The Rays pitchers collectively have given up 208 base hits and 95 earned runs. They have allowed 28 home runs this season, ranking them 12th in the league. Tampa Bay as a pitching staff has walked 68 batters and struck out 216. They have walked 3.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.38 and their FIP as a unit is 3.99.
As a team Tampa Bay is hitting .248, good for 12th in the league. The Rays hold a .436 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .340, which is good for 4th in baseball. They rank 16th in MLB with 8.1 hits per game. Yandy Díaz is hitting .301 with an on-base percentage of .433. He has 22 hits this season in 73 at bats with 4 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .329 and an OPS+ of 119. Brandon Lowe is hitting .338 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .404. He has totaled 27 hits and he has driven in 20 men in 80 at bats. His OPS+ is 209 while his slugging percentage is at .738. The Rays have 187 hits, including 47 doubles and 27 home runs. Tampa Bay has walked 102 times so far this season and they have struck out 220 times as a unit. They have left 154 men on base and have a team OPS of .776. They score 5.26 runs per contest and have scored a total of 121 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
New York has a 16-6 overall mark this year. Cole (98-52 win-loss mark in his career) holds a 3.21 ERA while conceding 7.7 hits per 9 innings. His strikeout to walk ratio is 4.28 and he has faced 4,955 hitters so far in his pro baseball career. During his career, Cole has allowed 1,054 base hits while earning 1,370 punchouts in 1,224 frames. He has allowed 436 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.122 and having a FIP of 3.1. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.52 and they have given up 68 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .189 against the Yankees bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 92 batters and walked 36 opposing hitters. As a team, New York allows 7.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.2 batters per nine innings. They are 9th in the league in team earned run average at 4.01. The Yankees pitchers as a team have surrendered 154 base knocks and 81 earned runs this season. They have given up 26 home runs this year, which ranks 20th in Major League Baseball. New York as a staff has walked 67 hitters and struck out 185 batters. They give up a walk 3.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.22 while their FIP as a staff is 4.18.
As a team, they are batting .263, good for 3rd in the league. The Yankees hold a .487 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .352, which is good for 2nd in baseball. They rank 12th in MLB with 8.3 hits per contest. Luke Voit comes into this matchup batting .281 with an OBP of .343. He has 18 hits this year along with 15 RBI in 64 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .625 with an OPS+ of 160. Gio Urshela is hitting .269 this season and he has an OBP of .359. He has collected 18 hits in 67 at bats while driving in 15 runs. He has an OPS+ of 136 and a slugging percentage of .507. The Yankees as a unit have 183 base hits, including 34 doubles and 40 homers. New York has walked 83 times this year and they have struck out on 180 occasions. They have had 144 men left on base and have an OPS of .839. They have scored 5.68 runs per game and totaled 125 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Rays/Yankees MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Rays (+166)
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