Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees Prediction, 8/31/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees
Date: Monday, August 31, 2020
Location: Yankee Stadium in Bronx, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Rays (+125) Yankees (-145)
Ji-Man Choi and the Tampa Bay Rays (23-11, 1st in AL East) travel to Yankee Stadium on Monday where they'll meet the New York Yankees (18-13, 2nd in AL East). The line on this game has the Rays priced at +125 and the Yankees are at -145. The total is set at 7.5. The starting pitchers will be Tyler Glasnow and Gerrit Cole.
Key Tampa Bay Rays Injuries
8/29/2020 Jalen Beeks RP Elbow Out for the season
8/29/2020 Chaz Roe RP Elbow Out for the season
8/29/2020 Ryan Yarbrough SP Groin Expected to be out until at least Sep 10
8/29/2020 Mike Zunino C Oblique Expected to be out until at least Sep 10
8/29/2020 Charlie Morton SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 2
8/28/2020 Oliver Drake RP Biceps Expected to be out until at least Sep 4
8/28/2020 Nick Anderson RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 4
8/28/2020 Brett Phillips CF Not Injury Related Expected to be out until at least Aug 31
8/22/2020 Yonny Chirinos SP Elbow Out for the season
8/19/2020 Jose Alvarado RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 31
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
8/28/2020 Giancarlo Stanton DH Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Sep 4
8/28/2020 Gleyber Torres SS Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Sep 17
8/28/2020 Aaron Judge RF Calf Expected to be out until at least Sep 18
8/28/2020 James Paxton SP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 23
8/28/2020 Zack Britton RP Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Sep 7
8/28/2020 Kyle Higashioka C Oblique Expected to be out until at least Aug 31
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 23-11 overall record this season. Glasnow has taken the ball for 286 innings and has racked up 340 strikeouts so far in his pro baseball career. His ERA is 4.56 (145 earned runs allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.378. He has given up 256 base knocks (8.1 hits per nine innings) with 138 free passes. Glasnow (11-18 career record) is the owner of a FIP of 4.14 while he has faced 1,230 opposing batters during his time in the majors. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.60 and they have given up 143 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .216 against the bullpen and they've struck out 162 hitters and walked 55 batters. As a team, Tampa Bay allows 8.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.5 batters per nine innings. They are 4th in the league in team earned run average at 3.62. The Rays pitchers collectively have given up 278 base hits and 121 earned runs. They have allowed 40 home runs this season, ranking them 17th in the league. Tampa Bay as a pitching staff has walked 101 batters and struck out 317. They have walked 3 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.26 and their FIP as a unit is 3.93.
As a team Tampa Bay is hitting .244, good for 17th in the league. The Rays hold a .428 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .334, which is good for 7th in baseball. They rank 16th in MLB with 8.1 hits per game. Ji-Man Choi is hitting .202 with an on-base percentage of .302. He has 18 hits this season in 89 at bats with 10 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .360 and an OPS+ of 83. Yandy Díaz is hitting .303 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .424. He has totaled 33 hits and he has driven in 11 men in 109 at bats. His OPS+ is 128 while his slugging percentage is at .385. The Rays have 274 hits, including 67 doubles and 41 home runs. Tampa Bay has walked 146 times so far this season and they have struck out 320 times as a unit. They have left 230 men on base and have a team OPS of .763. They score 5.03 runs per contest and have scored a total of 171 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
New York has a 18-13 overall mark this year. So far in his career, Cole has given up 1,065 base hits while totaling 1,389 K's in 1,236 frames. He has surrendered a total of 443 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.123 and a FIP of 3.2. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 4.30 and he has faced 5,004 opposing batters so far in his career. Cole (98-53 win-loss record in his career) holds a 3.23 earned run average while allowing 7.8 hits per 9 innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.31 and they have given up 91 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .203 against the Yankees bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 110 batters and walked 42 opposing hitters. As a team, New York allows 7.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.3 batters per nine innings. They are 13th in the league in team earned run average at 4.3. The Yankees pitchers as a team have surrendered 211 base knocks and 116 earned runs this season. They have given up 41 home runs this year, which ranks 15th in Major League Baseball. New York as a staff has walked 80 hitters and struck out 250 batters. They give up a walk 3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.3 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.20 while their FIP as a staff is 4.40.
As a team, they are batting .246, good for 16th in the league. The Yankees hold a .454 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .337, which is good for 4th in baseball. They rank 22nd in MLB with 7.6 hits per contest. Luke Voit comes into this matchup batting .308 with an OBP of .376. He has 28 hits this year along with 22 RBI in 91 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .725 with an OPS+ of 193. Gio Urshela is hitting .241 this season and he has an OBP of .323. He has collected 20 hits in 83 at bats while driving in 18 runs. He has an OPS+ of 118 and a slugging percentage of .482. The Yankees as a unit have 227 base hits, including 42 doubles and 48 homers. New York has walked 110 times this year and they have struck out on 247 occasions. They have had 194 men left on base and have an OPS of .791. They have scored 4.87 runs per game and totaled 146 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Rays/Yankees MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Rays (+125)
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