Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees Prediction, 9/2/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees
Date: Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Location: Yankee Stadium in Bronx, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Rays (-111) Yankees (+101)
Brandon Lowe and the Tampa Bay Rays (25-11, 1st in AL East) are headed to Yankee Stadium on Wednesday where they'll meet the New York Yankees (19-14, 2nd in AL East). The odds on this contest have the Rays coming in at -111 and the Yankees are at +101. The total is set at 8.5. The expected starting pitchers will be Charlie Morton and Jordan Montgomery.
Key Tampa Bay Rays Injuries
9/1/2020 Ji-Man Choi 1B Illness Probable for Sep 1
8/31/2020 Jose Alvarado RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 10
8/31/2020 Brett Phillips CF Not Injury Related Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
8/31/2020 Austin Meadows LF Thigh Probable for Sep 1
8/31/2020 Yandy Diaz 3B Hamstring Probable for Sep 1
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
8/29/2020 Mike Zunino C Oblique Expected to be out until at least Sep 10
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
8/28/2020 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
8/13/2020 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 Gleyber Torres SS Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Sep 6
8/31/2020 Aaron Hicks CF Calf Probable for Sep 1
8/31/2020 Giancarlo Stanton DH Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Sep 7
8/31/2020 Zack Britton RP Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Sep 2
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 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 25-11 overall record this season. Morton has taken the mound for 1,418 innings and has earned 1,251 strikeouts in his pro baseball career. His earned run average is 4.08 (643 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.334. He has given up 1,380 base knocks (8.8 hits per 9 innings) and has 512 free passes. Morton (92-88 career win-loss record) holds a FIP of 3.88 and he has faced 6,107 batters during his time in the major leagues. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.89 and they have given up 153 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .219 against the bullpen and they've struck out 167 hitters and walked 59 batters. As a team, Tampa Bay allows 8.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.5 batters per nine innings. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 3.73. The Rays pitchers collectively have given up 294 base hits and 132 earned runs. They have allowed 45 home runs this season, ranking them 13th in the league. Tampa Bay as a pitching staff has walked 108 batters and struck out 336. They have walked 3.1 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 4.04.
As a team Tampa Bay is hitting .249, good for 14th in the league. The Rays hold a .440 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .340, which is good for 4th in baseball. They rank 14th in MLB with 8.3 hits per game. Brandon Lowe is hitting .273 with an on-base percentage of .371. He has 33 hits this season in 121 at bats with 27 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .612 and an OPS+ of 167. Austin Meadows is hitting .244 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .326. He has totaled 20 hits and he has driven in 9 men in 82 at bats. His OPS+ is 114 while his slugging percentage is at .451. The Rays have 298 hits, including 73 doubles and 47 home runs. Tampa Bay has walked 158 times so far this season and they have struck out 333 times as a unit. They have left 251 men on base and have a team OPS of .780. They score 5.22 runs per contest and have scored a total of 188 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
New York has a 19-14 overall mark this year. During his pro baseball career, Montgomery has surrendered 195 base hits and he has 192 punchouts in 211 innings. He has given up a total of 93 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.237 and a FIP of 4.1. His SO/W ratio is 2.91 and he has faced 884 opposing batters in his MLB career. Montgomery (13-8 career win-loss mark) is the owner of a 3.97 earned run average and has allowed 8.3 hits per nine innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.40 and they have given up 100 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .200 against the Yankees bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 127 batters and walked 51 opposing hitters. As a team, New York allows 8 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.5 batters per nine innings. They are 12th in the league in team earned run average at 4.3. The Yankees pitchers as a team have surrendered 238 base knocks and 128 earned runs this season. They have given up 44 home runs this year, which ranks 18th in Major League Baseball. New York as a staff has walked 94 hitters and struck out 283 batters. They give up a walk 3.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.5 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.24 while their FIP as a staff is 4.35.
As a team, they are batting .244, good for 16th in the league. The Yankees hold a .449 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .336, which is good for 6th in baseball. They rank 22nd in MLB with 7.5 hits per contest. DJ LeMahieu comes into this matchup batting .398 with an OBP of .442. He has 35 hits this year along with 8 RBI in 88 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .523 with an OPS+ of 166. Clint Frazier is hitting .295 this season and he has an OBP of .415. He has collected 13 hits in 44 at bats while driving in 11 runs. He has an OPS+ of 174 and a slugging percentage of .591. The Yankees as a unit have 248 base hits, including 44 doubles and 53 homers. New York has walked 123 times this year and they have struck out on 271 occasions. They have had 212 men left on base and have an OPS of .785. They have scored 4.91 runs per game and totaled 162 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Rays/Yankees MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Rays (-111)
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