Yankees vs Rays Prediction - MLB Picks 5/5/23

Tampa Bay Rays (26-6) vs New York Yankees (17-15)

Game Info: Friday, May 5, 2023 at 6:40 pm (Tropicana Field)

Yonny Chirinos (1-0) (0.64) vs Jhony Brito (2-3) (5.56)

Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Rays -190 / New York Yankees +160 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The New York Yankees will play the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 1 of their series on Friday night at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Yankees Preview

The New York Yankees are 17-15 this season and they have lost four of their last six games. New York is coming off of a series win against Cleveland, where they won two out of three games. The New York pitching staff has a 3.53 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP, and a .216 opponent batting average this year. The Yankees offense has scored 126 runs with a .228 batting average and a .297 on base percentage. Anthony Rizzo is batting .289 with five home runs and 14 RBI’s for the Yankees. The projected starting pitcher for New York is Jhony Brito, who is 2-3 with a 5.56 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP over 22.2 innings pitched this season.

Rays Preview

The Tampa Bay Rays are 26-6 this season and they have won six of their last seven games. Tampa Bay is coming off of a series win against Pittsburgh, where they won all three games. The Tampa Bay pitching staff has a 2.87 ERA, a 1.09 WHIP, and a .205 opponent batting average. The Rays offense has scored 210 runs with a .278 batting average and a .350 on base percentage this season. Randy Arozarena is batting .325 with eight home runs and 29 RBI’s for the Rays. The projected starting pitcher for Tampa Bay is Yonny Chirinos, who is 1-0 with a 0.64 ERA and a 0.57 WHIP over 14.0 innings pitched this year. 


New York is 2-5 in their last 7 road games and 2-12 in their last 14 Friday games. The under is 5-0 in New York’s last 5 game one’s of a series. Tampa Bay is 4-0 in their last 4 game one’s of a series and 26-6 in their last 32 games. The under is 4-1 in Tampa Bay’s last 5 home games. 


Tampa Bay has been playing some of the best baseball in history to start the season, while New York has really struggled to score runs. The Yankees are in the bottom third of the MLB in runs scored, but they are coming off of a series win against Cleveland. New York is starting Jhony Brito, who has allowed six earned runs over his last 12.0 innings pitched. The Rays are starting Yonny Chirinos, who doesn’t pitch more than a few innings, but he has been very good this season. I like the under in this game. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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