Rays vs Yankees Prediction - MLB Picks 5/12/23

New York Yankees (21-18) vs Tampa Bay Rays (30-9)

Game Info: Friday, May 12, 2023 at 7:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)

Gerrit Cole (5-0) (2.09) vs Trevor Kelley (0-0) (9.00)

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The Tampa Bay Rays will play the New York Yankees in Game 2 of their series on Friday night at Yankee Stadium in New York.

Rays Preview

The Tampa Bay Rays are 30-9 this season and they have won seven of their last ten games. Tampa Bay won Game 1 in this series by a score of 8-2 on Thursday night. The Tampa Bay pitching staff has a 2.93 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP, and a .208 opponent batting average this year. The Rays offense has scored 239 runs with a .273 batting average and a .346 on base percentage. Yandy Diaz is batting .313 with nine home runs and 20 RBI’s for the Rays. The projected starting pitcher for Tampa Bay is Trevor Kelly, who is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP over 2.0 innings pitched this season.

Yankees Preview

The New York Yankees are 21-18 this season and they have won three of their last four games. Prior to losing the first game in this series, New York won all three games in their series with the Athletics. The New York pitching staff has a 3.67 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP, and a .226 opponent batting average. The Yankees offense has scored 170 runs with a .232 batting average and a .304 on base percentage this season. Anthony Rizzo is batting .296 with six home runs and 17 RBI’s for the Yankees. The projected starting pitcher for New York is Gerrit Cole, who is 5-0 with a 2.09 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP over 51.2 innings pitched this year. 

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The Rays come into this game after beating up on the Yankees in Game 1 of this series and will look to make it two in a row here. The Yankees offense lit up Oakland in their last series, but they were only able to score two runs on Thursday. Gerrit Cole had some issues in his last start against Tampa Bay last weekend, allowing five earned runs over five innings pitched. Prior to that start, Cole had been dominant to start the year. Tampa Bay is starting Trevor Kelley, who has only pitched two innings so far this season. I like the Yankees at home. 

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