Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees Prediction, 4/16/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees
Date: Friday, April 16, 2021
Location: Yankee Stadium in Bronx, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Tampa Bay (+110) New York (-120)
Michael Wacha and the Tampa Bay Rays (5-7, 5th in AL East) travel to Yankee Stadium on Friday where they'll take on the New York Yankees (5-7, 4th in AL East). The Rays open this contest at +110 while the Yankees are coming in at -120. The total is set at 9. The pitchers taking the mound are Michael Wacha and Michael King.
As a team, the Tampa Bay Rays are scoring 3.8 runs per contest, which has them sitting at 24th in baseball. They have 46 runs scored and have an on-base percentage of .300. The Rays have hit 22 doubles as a team and have knocked 12 baseballs out of the stadium. They have accounted for 44 RBI's and 89 hits so far this year, and their batting average is .223. Tampa Bay has a slugging rate of .373 and have been called out on strikes 118 times, while taking a walk on 37 occasions.
The Rays hold a team earned run average of 4.91 for the year (24th in the league), and their staff has struck out 111 hitters. They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.17 and the pitching staff sits with a WHIP of 1.36. Rays pitchers have surrendered 10 home runs in addition to 68 total runs (3rd in baseball). Their pitching staff has walked 35 opposing batters and their FIP is 3.37 as a unit this year.
Rays bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the hill with runners on base 14 times as well as having 22 appearances in high leverage situations. The relief pitchers have accumulated 7 holds for the year (12th in the league). The Rays relief pitchers have recorded a save percentage of 42.9% and has entered the game in 14 save situations. They have recorded 3 saves so far this season and have missed out on 4 out of their 7 save opportunities. The relief pitchers have inherited 19 base runners on the year with 26.3% of those players crossed home plate. The Rays have sent 38 relief pitchers to the mound this season.
Wacha has pitched in 910 innings and has racked up 807 strikeouts during his career. Wacha (60-44 win-loss mark in his career) has a FIP of 4.01 while he has gone up against 3,890 opposing batters during his time in the major leagues. His earned run average is 4.04 (409 earned runs allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.339. He has allowed 906 hits (9.0 hits per 9 innings) and has had 313 walks.
The Yankees have a team slugging % of .371 and they are recording 4.00 runs per contest (21st in MLB). They have hit 17 doubles, while walking 48 times and putting up 48 runs. New York has recorded 13 home runs for the year and 45 runs batted in. They have been called out on strikes on 102 instances (22nd in the league) and have earned a total of 92 hits. The New York Yankees have recorded a team OBP of .316 in addition to a batting average of .231 for the year.
The New York pitching staff have allowed 46 runs so far this year while having an ERA of 3.33 (40 earned runs surrendered). They have allowed 17 long balls and they concede 3.83 runs per 9 innings (9th in MLB). The Yankees hold a team WHIP of 1.102 with a FIP of 3.64 as a staff this year. Their K/BB ratio sits at 5.04 (136 strikeouts against 27 walks). They rank 17th in MLB as a pitching staff in total hits given up with 92.
With 6 save situations, the Yankees have amassed 4 holds in addition to 0 blown saves. New York has had bullpen pitchers enter the contest in 2 save chances and they have tallied 2 saves. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the mound 16 times in high leverage situations and on 10 occasions with runners on. New York bullpen pitchers have an inherited score rate of 18.2% out of their 11 inherited runners. They sit at 1st in MLB with a save rate of 100.0%, and they have sent 39 relievers onto the field for the year.
During his career, King has surrendered 33 hits and he has 30 punch outs in 34 innings. He has allowed 23 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.298 and being the owner of a FIP of 4.5. He has a K/BB ratio of 2.50 and he has faced 151 opposing hitters during his MLB career. King (1-2 career win-loss record) has earned a 5.97 ERA while surrendering 8.6 hits per nine innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Tampa Bay (+110)
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