Yankees vs. Rays Wednesday Pick
The New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays split the first two games of their series this week at Tropicana Field. Who will the rubber match go to on Wednesday when these AL East rivals wrap things up at 12:10 p.m. ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
961 New York Yankees (-142) at 962 Tampa Bay Rays (+132); 8 runs
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
12:10 p.m. ET, Tropicana Field
TV: NYY (YES); TB (FS SUN)
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Public Betting Trends
Oddsmakers from online sportsbooks currently list the Yankees as a -142 favorite. As of this writing, 51% 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.
Yankees' Cessa goes six shutout innings vs. Orioles
Luis Cessa tossed six shutout innings Monday in the Yankees' win over the Orioles. Cessa scattered three hits and three walks while striking out four. He was making a spot start in the second half of a doubleheader at Baltimore's Camden Yards and will likely be sent back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday. The 26-year-old right-hander holds a 3.00 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and 13/8 K/BB ratio in 15 innings (two starts, four relief appearances) this season at the MLB level.
Rays' Eovaldi allows one run in no-decision vs. Marlins
Nathan Eovaldi fired six innings of one-run ball in a no-decision against the Marlins on Friday. It was an encouraging rebound performance after he was rocked for eight runs in 2 2/3 innings by the Twins in his final start before the All-Star break. Eovaldi allowed six hits in this one, with the only run coming on a solo homer from Derek Dietrich in the third. He fanned eight and walked none. Eovaldi holds a 4.26 ERA through 10 starts, but he has an impressive 53/8 K/BB ratio in 57 innings. He figures to be an interesting trade chip this month.
MLB Betting Trends
The Yankees are just 2-5 in Cessa's last seven road starts.
The Rays have dropped seven of Eovaldi's last nine starts overall.
Despite shutting the Rays out 4-0 on Tuesday night they're still just 1-4 in their last five games in Tampa and 1-5 in their last six games versus the Rays overall. The Rays, meanwhile, are 19-7 in their last 26 home games and have won nine of 11 at home versus a team with a winning road record. With the Yankees just 1-5 in their last six games coming off a win, I like the Rays to keep things close this afternoon.
The Pick: Tampa Bay Rays +1.5 (-125)