Rays vs. Yankees Thursday Prediction
American League East rivals will square off at 7:05 p.m. ET on Thursday night when the New York Yankees host the Tampa Bay Rays. Is the over the best play on the board for bettors?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Thursday, June 14, 2018
7:05 p.m. ET, Yankee Stadium
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Public Betting Trends
Oddsmakers from online sportsbooks currently list the Yankees as a -160 favorite. As of this writing, 67% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Yankees to beat the Rays on the moneyline. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.
Ray's Snell shuts down Mariners once again
Blake Snell allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits over six innings in Saturday's win over the Mariners. Snell's last start came against the Mariners, too. The earlier outing was a fair bit more dominant, as he struck out 12 without walking a batter over six frames. He managed just one strikeout on Saturday. Still, even with the M's actually managing to put the ball in play, it was a strong outing. The run-scoring action to occur on his watch came when Kyle Seager hit into an RBI fielder's choice in the first inning and Nelson Cruz smacked a solo home run in the fifth. And that was that. Snell will carry a lovely 2.30 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 89/25 K/BB ratio (82 1/3 innings) into a road date with the Yankees when he next toes the rubber. The Bombers tagged him for five runs in 3 1/3 innings when he last faced them, but that showing came in just his second start of the season. His stuff figures to be somewhat tighter when he heads to the Bronx this time around.
Yankees' German dominant vs. Mets after shaky first inning
Domingo German allowed three runs on five hits over six innings while striking out nine and taking a no-decision in Saturday's win over the Mets. German looked like he might be in for a short evening after the first inning. The Mets jumped on him for a pair of home runs in that frame, with Todd Frazier rocking him for a solo home run and Asdrubal Cabrera upping the ante with a two-run homer following a Brandon Nimmo triple. And then the switch flipped. German would pitch brilliantly over his final five innings of work, holding the Mets to just two hits over the remainder of his time on the mound. He struck out nine without walking a batter in the contest.
The 25-year-old right-hander has not pitched consistently this season -- 5.32 ERA and 1.24 WHIP on the year -- but has the stuff to succeed if he could just steady himself more often after running into trouble. The Yankees need him to level up, too, as Masahiro Tanaka (hamstrings) just landed on the disabled list and Jordan Montgomery (elbow) has already been ruled out for the remainder of the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery earlier this week.
MLB Betting Trends
The Rays are 1-4 in Snell's last five starts versus the Yankees, are 1-5 in their last six games against the Bombers and are 0-6 in Snell's last six road starts versus New York. They're also 8-25 in their last 33 games at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees are 43-12 in their last 55 home games and are 39-13 in their last 51 games overall.
The over is 3-1-1 in Snell's last five road starts and are 8-2 in the Yankees' last 10 home games versus a team with a losing record. The over is 4-0 in the Rays' last four games versus a right-handed starter and is 4-1 in their last five games against an opponent with a winning record.
The Pick: Rays/Yankees over 8.5