Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees Prediction, 9/1/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees
Date: Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Location: Yankee Stadium in Bronx, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Rays (-117) Yankees (+107)
Austin Meadows and the Tampa Bay Rays (24-11, 1st in AL East) are headed to Yankee Stadium on Tuesday where they'll meet the New York Yankees (19-13, 2nd in AL East). The Yankees open this game at +107 while the Rays are priced at -117. The O/U opens at 9.5. The pitchers taking the mound are Trevor Richards and Masahiro Tanaka.
Key Tampa Bay Rays Injuries
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
8/29/2020 Jalen Beeks RP Elbow Out for the season
8/28/2020 Brett Phillips CF Not Injury Related Expected to be out until at least Aug 31
8/28/2020 Nick Anderson RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 4
8/28/2020 Oliver Drake RP Biceps Expected to be out until at least Sep 4
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
8/31/2020 Giancarlo Stanton DH Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Sep 7
8/30/2020 Aaron Hicks CF Calf Probable for Aug 31
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 Gleyber Torres SS Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Sep 17
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 Sep 1
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 24-11 overall record this season. Richards (10-21 career mark) sits with a FIP of 4.28 while he has gone up against 1,228 opposing hitters in the majors. His ERA is 4.26 (134 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.393. He has surrendered 276 base hits (8.8 hits per 9 innings) with 118 walks. Richards has taken the hill for 283 innings and has racked up 273 strikeouts so far in his MLB career. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.79 and they have given up 148 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .217 against the bullpen and they've struck out 165 hitters and walked 58 batters. As a team, Tampa Bay allows 8.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.4 batters per nine innings. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.72. The Rays pitchers collectively have given up 287 base hits and 128 earned runs. They have allowed 43 home runs this season, ranking them 18th in the league. Tampa Bay as a pitching staff has walked 106 batters and struck out 325. They have walked 3.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.4 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.27 and their FIP as a unit is 4.03.
As a team Tampa Bay is hitting .247, good for 15th in the league. The Rays hold a .439 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .337, which is good for 5th in baseball. They rank 15th in MLB with 8.2 hits per game. Austin Meadows is hitting .244 with an on-base percentage of .326. He has 20 hits this season in 82 at bats with 9 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .451 and an OPS+ of 113. Brandon Lowe is hitting .282 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .378. He has totaled 33 hits and he has driven in 27 men in 117 at bats. His OPS+ is 173 while his slugging percentage is at .632. The Rays have 287 hits, including 72 doubles and 45 home runs. Tampa Bay has walked 151 times so far this season and they have struck out 323 times as a unit. They have left 238 men on base and have a team OPS of .776. They score 5.23 runs per contest and have scored a total of 183 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
New York has a 19-13 overall mark this year. So far in his pro baseball career, Tanaka has conceded 956 base knocks while tallying 964 K's in 1,027 innings pitched. He has conceded 427 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.129 and having a FIP of 3.9. His strikeout to walk ratio is 4.75 and he has gone up against 4,186 hitters so far in his MLB career. Tanaka (75-44 mark in his career) has earned a 3.74 earned run average and has allowed 8.4 hits per nine innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.47 and they have given up 97 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .201 against the Yankees bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 124 batters and walked 48 opposing hitters. As a team, New York allows 7.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.5 batters per nine innings. They are 11th in the league in team earned run average at 4.28. The Yankees pitchers as a team have surrendered 227 base knocks and 123 earned runs this season. They have given up 42 home runs this year, which ranks 20th in Major League Baseball. New York as a staff has walked 87 hitters and struck out 273 batters. They give up a walk 3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.5 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.21 while their FIP as a staff is 4.28.
As a team, they are batting .245, good for 16th in the league. The Yankees hold a .452 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .339, which is good for 4th in baseball. They rank 22nd in MLB with 7.5 hits per contest. Clint Frazier comes into this matchup batting .300 with an OBP of .429. He has 12 hits this year along with 11 RBI in 40 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .625 with an OPS+ of 185. DJ LeMahieu is hitting .398 this season and he has an OBP of .444. He has collected 33 hits in 83 at bats while driving in 8 runs. He has an OPS+ of 167 and a slugging percentage of .530. The Yankees as a unit have 241 base hits, including 44 doubles and 51 homers. New York has walked 121 times this year and they have struck out on 260 occasions. They have had 205 men left on base and have an OPS of .791. They have scored 4.97 runs per game and totaled 159 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Rays/Yankees MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Rays (-117)
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