New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays - 5/26/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays - 5/26/22 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Rays (25-17) vs New York Yankees (30-13)

Game Info: Thursday, May 26, 2022 at 6:40 pm (Tropicana Field)

Ryan Yarbrough (0-0) (4.20) vs Nestor Cortes (3-1) (1.80)

Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Rays / New York Yankees --- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays face off on Thursday in an MLB showdown at Tropicana Field. 

The Yankees come into this game with a 31-13 record overall and they are coming off a win on Wednesday. It was good pitching against the Orioles, giving up only two goals and that led to the easy victory. One problem for the Yankees right now is they are deal,ing with a ton of injuries and COVID issues. Key players like Josh Donaldson, Giancarlo Stanton, and Aroldis Chapman are all out right now. The Yankees pitching has been strong all season giving up only 3.18 runs per game. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Rays who sit with a 26-17 record overall and in their last game, they beat the Marlins 5-4. The Rays are averaging 4.4 runs per game while giving up 4.0 runs per game. The Rays haven’t had the one-star player this season but it’s been a balanced attack with 11 different players driving in at least 11 RBIs. Manuel Margot has been the top player hitting three home runs and driving in 21 RBIs. 

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Getting the start for the Yankees will be Nestor Cortes who sits with a 3-1 record and an ERA of 1.80. In his last start, Cortes Jr. didn’t have his best start giving up three runs in five innings. 

On the mound for the Rays will be Ryan Yarbrough who sits with a 0-0 record and an ERA of 4.20. In his last start against the Orioles, he went four innings giving up six hits and two runs. 

The Yankees are 8-1 in their last nine games against a team with a winning record. The under is 6-2-1 in the Rays last nine games on Thursday. The under is 8-2-2 in the Rays last 12 games against the American League East. 

Nestor Cortes Jr wasn’t as lights out in the last game, but don’t let that fool you, he is still having quite the season, and will lockdown in this game. Yarbough has also been strong and over his last 12.2 innings he has given up only three runs. Look for this game to be lower scoring, and the under is going to cash.

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