New York Yankees vs Tampa Bay Rays Prediction MLB Picks 5/12/24

Tampa Bay Rays (20-20) vs New York Yankees (26-15)

Game Info: Sunday, May 12, 2024 at 1:40 pm (Tropicana Field)

Tyler Alexander (1-1) (4.96) vs Luis Gil (3-1) (2.92)

Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Rays +117 / New York Yankees -137 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays meet Sunday in MLB action from Tropicana Field. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays prediction.

Starting Pitching Matchup

The New York Yankees will send out Luis Gil for the start here and Gil is 3-1 with a 2.92 ERA and 45 strikeouts this season. This will be Gil’s second career start against Tampa Bay. The Rays will start Tyler Alexander here and Alexander is 1-1 with a 4.96 ERA and 30 strikeouts this season. In his career, Alexander is 0-1 with a 0.00 ERA and 6 strikeouts against the Yankees.

New York Yankees Recap

The New York Yankees come into this game off of a 7-2 loss to the Rays on Saturday, evening the set up at one win apiece. A series loss here would be the Yankees’ first series loss in three tries after beating the Astros and sweeping the Tigers over the last week.

Yankees Loaded On Paper

Juan Soto leads the Yankees with 49 hits along with 7 doubles and 9 home runs with 33 RBIs to go along with a .316 batting average and .419 OBP. Aaron Judge has a team-high 9 home runs of his own along with a team-leading 10 doubles while also leading the Yankees with 47 strikeouts so far this season. Anthony Volpe’s added 42 hits with 5 home runs, 20 RBIs and a team-high 8 stolen bases as well this season.

Why the New York Yankees will win

  • The Yankees have won each of their last seven day games following a loss.
  • The Rays have lost four of their last five games against AL East opponents following a home win.
  • The Rays have failed to cover the run line in each of their last four day games following a home win.
  • The Yankees have covered the run line in four of their last five road games against AL East opponents following a loss.

Tampa Bay Rays Recap

The Tampa Bay Rays will be looking to win the rubber match after emerging victorious in Saturday’s clash with the Yankees. A win here would give the Rays a third straight series victory after knocking off the White Sox and Mets in the last week.

Rays Picking Up Steam At The Dish

Isaac Paredes leads the Rays across the board with 41 hits, 8 home runs, 21 RBIs and a .301 batting average as well as a .386 OBP. Yandy Diaz has 39 hits with a team-high 8 doubles while Jose Caballero has a team-high 15 stolen bases. Randy Arozarena has 7 home runs, 17 RBIs along with a team-high 48 strikeouts and 6 stolen bases.

Why the Tampa Bay Rays will win

  • The Rays have won six of their last seven home games after playing the previous day.
  • The Yankees have lost each of their last five Sunday road games against AL East opponents.
  • The Rays have covered the run line each of their last five day games against AL East opponents that held a winning record.
  • The Yankees have failed to cover the run line in each of their last four day games against AL East opponents.
  • The Rays have led after 3 innings in each of their last four home day games.

Yankees vs. Rays Prediction

I’m on the Yankees here. I just think that the Yankees are the far more trustworthy team at the plate and have the more reliable option on the mound here in Luis Gil, who has firmly earned a spot in this Yankee rotation in my opinion, even when Gerrit Cole comes back into the fold. The Rays have been hit or miss all season long, and just aren’t a team worth backing for any sort of confidence in my eyes. Give me New York for the series win.

Chris’s Pick New York Yankees -137

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