Rays vs Yankees MLB Betting Predictions

Rays vs Yankees MLB
Rays vs Yankees predictions MLB

The Rays and RHP Michael Wacha (0-1) invade Yankee Stadium to face likely starter LHP Jordan Montgomery (1-0). The two teams, who have a growing feud fueled by Rays hit batsmen, are battling to exit last place in the AL East. A Home game for the Yanks, Judge has been hitting the ball well at Yankee Stadium. I don’t love either team right now but I like the Yankees to win.

Rays vs Yankees Betting Odds

What would George Stienbrenner say? The Yankees, with a total payroll just north of 200M are battling the defending AL Champ Rays (payroll ⅓ that of the Bronx Bombers) to climb out of the AL East basement spot. “Big Stein” would likely be upset. But, it’s early in the season and Steinbrenner (RIP) isn’t in charge, so Yanks manager Aaron Boone’s job is safe for now, but who knows it is the Yankees after all?

Last week the Yanks optioned starter Domingo German so Boone will likely go with big righty Jordan Montgomery who, on Sunday vs the Rays struggled early, giving up two runs in each of the first two innings before rebounding for 3 scoreless and no decision in Tampa as N.Y. got the extra innings win. Offensively, other than slugger Aaron Judge, whose .590 SLG%, 7 RBI and 6 HR all lead the team, the Yankees have nothing to write home about in this young season.

The Rays don’t seem to be the same team that got hot and played their way into the Covid shortened 2020 World Series. Manager Kevin Cash will need to right the ship if they have any hope of getting back to the Series this year. He’ll look to righty Michael Wacha who last pitched Sunday vs. the N.Y. in relief, throwing 4 innings and yielding 3 earned runs. At the plate the Rays have not done much, they are in the bottom third in the bigs in most offensive statistical categories although 3B Yandy Diaz has been a bright spot so far sporting a .405 OBP. Another ‘Ray’ of hope so far is 2B Joey Wendle who leads the team hitting .303.

This one could get ugly. Monday Cash took aim at the Yankees pitching staff and the MLB league office for the way it handled a growing feud after 4 Rays batters were hit with high and tight pitches in 2 games over the weekend. “We’ll see where it goes from here,” Cash said, ”…we were mad.” Will emotions play into this one? It is likely and if there were MLB Betting Odds on players being hit by pitches, I’d set the over-under at 2 for this game.

So what do I think about this game? I think if you’re looking how to bet on MLB in NJ then take the Yankees to win this game. It’s not that I love the way they are playing, but I like them more than the way the Rays are currently playing. I say bet on the Bronx Bombers.

My Prediction

The Yankees win (and there will be least 2 hit batsmen in the Bronx).

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