Tampa Bay Rays VS New York Yankees

MLB Baseball 03:10 PM ET

Friday

04/09/2021

YES

Spread: New York Yankees -138

Over/Under: 8.5

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The New York Yankees will duel the Tampa Bay Rays in the opening match of the AL East Division three-game series at the Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Friday, April 9, 2021, at 3:10 PM ET. New York dropped to 3-3 after losing their recent battle against the Baltimore Orioles at 3-4 on Wednesday. The Yankees had all the chances of winning the game but they spoiled it. New York’s loss was highlighted by an error in the 10th inning committed by Gleyber Torres who allowed a run in defeat. However, the Yankees managed to earn 13 hits in the match but were only 3-14 with runners in scoring position while stranding 12. New York’s bullpen gave up just 2 unearned runs in pitching for 6.1 innings. New York started the season with a batting average of 0.254 that ranked 10th in the major league but the team is MLB’s best in team ERA with 1.74.

New York will be sending righty Corey Kluber to the pitcher’s mound to start this series against the Rays on Friday. During his first start, Kluber pitched for 5.0 innings and gave up 2 runs on 5 hits with 5 strikeouts. The right-handed thrower faced some of the Tampa Bay Rays batters in the past. In pitching versus Tampa Bay’s batters, Kluber permitted a batting average of 0.260 with one homer in 26 at-bats. The Yankees are 5-5 in its last 10 contests, 5-5 on the run line, and the UNDER is 6-4.

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New York Yankees vs Tampa Bay Rays Predictions 4/9/2021

On Tampa Bay’s side, the Rays ended up with 4 successive losses this season including the 2-9 defeat against the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday. Boston was successful in sweeping the series versus Tampa Bay with a victory last time out. Ryan Yarbrough took the starting role for the Rays and was beat up for 6 runs on 9 hits in 5.0 innings pitched. Tampa Bay earned just 5 hits from the plate and was 2-8 with runners in scoring position. The Tampa Bay Rays recorded a team batting average of 0.208 that ranked 23rd in MLB while the team achieved a 5.87 team ERA that ranked 27th this season.

Veteran southpaw Rich Hill will be climbing up the hill to start the opening game versus the Yankees on Friday. In his debut start this season, Hill pitched for 4.0 innings and has given away 4 runs on 5 hits. The lefty thrower encountered just a few Yankees’ batters in his previous appearances but surrendered a 0.397 batting average in 25 at-bats. Tampa Bay is 4-6 in its last 10 outings, 3-7 on the run line, and the OVER is 8-2.

New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays. The MLB Pick for this contest is New York -138. The Rays were among the favorites to win the AL but the team has not played well enough through the first few matches. Southpaw Rich Hill might be on top of the hill with a few more starts like this one and New York should take the advantage of his poor start. The Yanks’ team batting average of 0.303 against a left-handed starter ranked 5th in the majors in the early stage of the season. The prediction: The Yankees will win offered at -138 predicted to a score of 6-3.

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MLB Starting Time: 3:10 PM ET

Location: Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL

Date: Friday, April 9, 2021

TV: YES

MLB Odds: New York Yankees -138

MLB Totals: 8.5

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