Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees Prediction MLB Picks 4/20/24

New York Yankees (14-6) vs Tampa Bay Rays (11-10)

Game Info: Saturday, April 20, 2024 at 1:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)

Nestor Cortes (1-1) (4.50) vs Zach Eflin (1-2) (4.63)

Betting Odds: New York Yankees -135 / Tampa Bay Rays +115 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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In this article we will formulate a Rays vs Yankees prediction for this MLB game on Saturday, April 20th at Yankee Stadium in New York. To formulate this prediction for game two in the series, we will examine:

  • The Rays recent form and recent player performance 
  • The Yankees recent form and recent play performance
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Tampa Bay
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving New York
  • Recent betting trends in games played between Tampa Bay and New York
  • A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for Today’s Game between Tampa Bay and New York

Rays Preview

The Tampa Bay Rays are 11-10 this season and they have alternated wins and losses over their last eight games. Tampa Bay lost game one in this series on Friday night, but they did split a four game series with the Angels in the series before. The Tampa Bay pitching staff has a 4.49 ERA, a 1.37 WHIP, and a .253 opponent batting average. The Rays offense has scored 87 runs with a .249 batting average and a .311 on base percentage. Isaac Paredes is batting .286 with five home runs and 14 RBI’s for the Rays. The projected starting pitcher for Tampa Bay is Zach Eflin, who is 1-2 with a 4.63 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP over 23.1 innings pitched this season.

Yankees Preview

The New York Yankees are 14-6 this year and they have won two games in a row. New York won the first game in this series by a score of 5-3 on Friday night. Prior to that series, the Yankees lost two out of three against Toronto and won two out of three against Cleveland. The New York pitching staff has a 3.11 ERA, a 1.29 WHIP, and a .230 opponent batting average. The Yankees offense has scored 95 runs with a .243 batting average and a .340 on base percentage. Juan Soto is batting .347 with five home runs and 20 RBI’s for the Yankees. The projected starting pitcher for New York is Nestor Cortes, who is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP over 22.0 innings pitched this year. 

New York Yankees Player Prop Facts

  • Juan Soto has hit at least one home run in each of his two previous appearances at Yankee Stadium against AL East opponents that held a winning record.
  • Oswaldo Cabrera has scored at least one run in each of the Yankees' last four day games.
  • Juan Soto has recorded at least one RBI in each of his last six home appearances after playing the previous day.
  • Nestor Cortes Jr. has recorded six or more strikeouts in four of his last five appearances against AL opponents that held a winning record.
  • Nestor Cortes Jr. has recorded a win in four of his last five appearances with the Yankees as favorites against AL East opponents.
  • DJ LeMahieu has recorded at least one hit in each of his last 10 appearances with the Yankees as favorites against AL opponents.
  • Gleyber Torres has recorded at least one Single in each of the Yankees' last seven day games.
  • DJ LeMahieu has recorded at least one total base in each of his last 10 appearances with the Yankees as favorites against AL opponents.
  • Juan Soto ranks 1st amongst qualified players for On Base Percentage (.468) this season.

Tampa Bay Rays Player Prop Facts

  • Zach Eflin has recorded seven or more strikeouts in three of his last four appearances against AL East opponents that held a winning record.
  • Josh Lowe has recorded at least one hit in each of his last 10 appearances against AL East opponents.
  • Josh Lowe has scored at least one run in each of his last six appearances against AL East opponents.
  • Zach Eflin has recorded a win in each of his last four road appearances against AL East opponents.
  • Brandon Lowe has recorded at least one RBI in seven of his last eight appearances against AL East opponents that held a winning record.
  • Amed Rosario has recorded at least one Single in each of his last nine appearances.
  • Josh Lowe has recorded at least one total base in each of his last 10 appearances against AL East opponents.
  • Josh Lowe has recorded at least one Double in five of the Rays' last six day games against AL East opponents that held a winning record.
  • Brandon Lowe has hit a home run in three of his last four appearances against AL East opponents that held a winning record.
  • Jose Siri ranks T7th in the league in Steals (6) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The New York Yankees rank 1st in the league for walks this season (94).
  • The New York Yankees rank T29th in the league for triples this season (0).
  • The Tampa Bay Rays rank T29th in the league for home runs allowed this season (30).
  • The Tampa Bay Rays rank T4th in the league for strikeouts this season (187).

Rays vs Yankees Prediction

New York was able to jump on Tampa Bay in the seventh inning on Friday night, where they scored five runs for the win. The Yankees have one of the best records in the MLB and their pitching staff has been very good. Tampa Bay hasn’t been able to string two wins together in over a week, but they have been very good at not losing two in a row either. The Rays are starting Zach Eflin, who has looked great in two outings, but horrible in the other two. The Yankees are going with Nestor Cortes, who has allowed 11 earned runs and 20 hits over 22.0 innings pitched in four starts. These two pitchers have not been very consistent so far this season, but I trust New York’s lineup much more than Tampa Bay’s. Give me the Yankees here. 

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

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