Yankees vs Rays Prediction - MLB Picks 5/7/23

Tampa Bay Rays (27-7) vs New York Yankees (18-16)

Game Info: Sunday, May 7, 2023 at 1:40 pm (Tropicana Field)

Javy Guerra (0-0) (7.20) vs Gerrit Cole (5-0) (1.35)

Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Rays +100 / New York Yankees -120 --- Over/Under: 7.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The New York Yankees will play the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 3 of their series on Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Yankees Preview

The New York Yankees are 18-16 this season and they have won three of their last four games. New York won Game 2 of this series by a score of 3-2 on Saturday afternoon. The New York pitching staff has a 3.54 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP, and a .219 opponent batting average this year. The Yankees offense has scored 133 runs with a .228 batting average and a .298 on base percentage. Anthony Rizzo is batting .282 with five home runs and 14 RBI’s for the Yankees. The projected starting pitcher for New York is Gerrit Cole, who is 5-0 with a 1.35 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP over 46.2 innings pitched this season.

Rays Preview

The Tampa Bay Rays are 27-7 this season and they have won four of their last five games. Tampa Bay won Game 1 of this series by a score of 5-4 on Friday night. The Tampa Bay pitching staff has a 2.90 ERA, a 1.10 WHIP, and a .207 opponent batting average. The Rays offense has scored 217 runs with a .277 batting average and a .349 on base percentage this season. Randy Arozarena is batting .325 with nine home runs and 30 RBI’s for the Rays. The projected starting pitcher for Tampa Bay is Javy Guerra, who is 0-0 with a 7.20 ERA and a 2.20 WHIP over 10.0 innings pitched this year. 

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New York is 8-2 in their last 10 game three’s of a series and 1-5 in their last 6 road games. The under is 5-2 in New York’s last 7 game three’s of a series. Tampa Bay is 9-1 in their last 10 game three’s of a series and 4-1 in their last 5 Sunday games. The under is 4-1 in Tampa Bay’s last 5 game three’s of a series. 


The Rays come into this game with the best record in baseball, while New York is in last place in the AL East. New York is starting Gerrit Cole, who has allowed two earned runs or fewer in five straight starts. The Rays are starting Javy Guerra, who will only pitch one or two innings. I am going to take Gerrit Cole and the Yankees here, as I trust him more than a bullpen game from Tampa Bay. 

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