Rays vs Yankees Prediction - MLB Picks 5/14/23

New York Yankees (23-18) vs Tampa Bay Rays (30-11)

Game Info: Sunday, May 14, 2023 at 1:35 pm (Yankee Stadium)

Clarke Schmidt (1-3) (5.35) vs Zach Eflin (4-1) (2.91)

Betting Odds: New York Yankees +100 / Tampa Bay Rays -120 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Tampa Bay Rays will play the New York Yankees in Game 4 of their series on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium in New York.

Rays Preview

The Tampa Bay Rays are 30-11 this season and they have lost four of their last five games. Tampa Bay won Game 1 of this series by a score of 8-2 on Thursday night. The Tampa Bay pitching staff has a 3.17 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP, and a .212 opponent batting average this season. The Rays offense has scored 252 runs with a .276 batting average and a .348 on base percentage. Randy Arozarena is batting .329 with 10 home runs and 34 RBI’s for the Rays. The projected starting pitcher for Tampa Bay is Zach Eflin, who is 4-1 with a 2.91 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP over 34.0 innings pitched this year. 

Yankees Preview

The New York Yankees are 23-18 this season and they have won five of their last six games. New York won Games 2 and 3 in this series by scores of 6-5 and 9-8. The New York pitching staff has a 3.86 ERA, a 1.25 WHIP, and a .232 opponent batting average. The Yankees offense has scored 185 runs with a .236 batting average and a .308 on base percentage this year. Anthony Rizzo is batting .311 with eight home runs and 20 RBI’s for the Yankees. The projected starting pitcher for New York is Clarke Schmidt, who is 1-3 with a 5.35 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP over 35.1 innings pitched this season.

Trends

Tampa Bay is 5-1 in their last 6 Sunday games and 1-4 in their last 5 road games. The over is 4-1 in Tampa Bay’s last 5 Sunday games. New York is 5-1 in their last 6 games and 72-33 in their last 105 home games. The over is 7-0 in New York’s last 7 games. The over is 4-0 in these two teams last 4 head to head meetings.

Pick

Tampa Bay comes into this game with the best record in baseball, but they have lost four of their last five games. New York is playing very well right now and their offense is starting to come to life. The Yankees are starting Clarke Schmidt, who has allowed two earned runs or fewer in three of his last four starts. The Rays are starting Zach Eflin, who has allowed two earned runs or fewer in three of his last four starts. Eflin has put together a very solid start to this season and I like him and the Rays to get the win here. 

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

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