Rays vs. Yankees Pick
Will the New York Yankees have a successful home opener today when they take on the Tampa Bay Rays at 4PM ET?
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Location: Yankee Stadium – New York, New York
Weather: 85% chance of rain, 42 degrees, 6mph Winds
Time: 4PM ET (ESPN)
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, New York is favored in this game, as the Yankees are getting odds of -155 to win against Tampa Bay. The Rays are getting a money line of +135 to prevail. The over/under total is currently listed at 8 runs.
The pitching matchup today features Chris Archer of the Rays against Jordan Montgomery of the Yankees. Archer is making his second start of the year. He went six innings and allowed four runs against the Red Sox in his season debut. Archer had six strikeouts with one walk. Montgomery started 29 games last season and posted a 9-7 record with a 3.88 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. He had 144 strikeouts with 51 walks.
PUBLIC BETTING INFORMATION
The public betting for this game is backing New York. The Yankees are getting 69 percent of the wagers on this contest as the favorite at home against the Rays.
Tampa Bay has nobody new listed on the injury report for today’s contest. New York has Jacoby Ellsbury and Clint Frazier on the DL. Ellsbury is out until mid-April with an oblique injury while Frazier is dealing with concussion symptoms.
The Yankees opened the season with a four-game split at Toronto. New York won the first two games of the series but then dropped the last two outings. The Yankees have scored 17 runs over the four games while allowing 15. Giancarlo Stanton already has two home runs for his new team, as well as four RBI. Tyler Austin also has a pair of home runs for the Yankees.
Tampa Bay started the season at home against Boston in a four-game series. The Rays won the opener, but then lost the last three games. Tampa has scored 9 runs over the first four games while allowing 10. Denard Span has driven in three runs to lead the Rays at the plate while Brad Miller has a home run with two RBI.
Tampa isn’t scoring much, but not allowing a lot either. Still, the lack of scoring will be the problem in this series. New York has plenty of pop in its bats and they send a good arm to the mound today. Archer is likely to have a few of his fastballs get hit and those will lead to some runs for the Yankees. I like New York in its home opener.
MLB PREDICTIONS: NEW YORK YANKEES -155