The defending AL champion Tampa Bay Rays headed into Friday’s opener looking to snap out of an ugly four-game losing streak. On the flip side of the coin, 2021 prohibitive AL favorite New York was looking to get back in the win column after losing the last time they took to the diamond.
With both teams looking for the confidence-boosting win, let’s find out who’s looking good in this matchup of AL East division rivals. The MLB odds for this matchup go live following Saturday’s massive 15-game slate of action.
MLB Betting Prediction – Struggling Rays Look To Tame Visiting Yankees on Sunday
New York Yankees (3-3) Vs Tampa Bay Rays (2-4) Game Info
- When: Sunday, April 11, 2021, at 1:10 PM ET
- Where: Tropicana Field, Tampa, FL
- TV: YES, Bally Sports Sun, MLBN
- NY Yankees – Jordan Montgomery – LHP (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 7 SO)
Yankees Looking For Consistency
Outside of winning two straight against Baltimore on Monday and Tuesday, New York has alternated wins and losses like clockwork this season. the Yankees were on the wrong end of a narrow 4-3 home loss against AL East-leading Baltimore on Wednesday.
DJ LaMahieu went 2-for-6 and Giancarlo Stanton went 2-for-5. Kyle Higashioka and Gio Urshela added one RBI apiece, but shortstop Gleyber Torres made a costly error in the 11th inning the Yankees could not overcome.
“I think the important thing is to continue to reinforce a lot of the good things, a lot of the progress that he legitimately has made,” manager Aaron Boone said, adding “he has all the capabilities to be able to go out there and do it.
On Sunday, the Yankees will hand the ball to left-hander Jordan Montgomery. The southpaw starter tossed seven shutout innings against the Orioles in his first start of the season.
Rays Looking Completely Lost
Tampa Bay won the AL East and American League pennant a year ago, but the Rays are off to an uninspiring start this season. Tampa Bay had lost four straight heading into Friday including an embarrassing 9-2 road loss at Boston on Wednesday. The Rays were limited to just five hits in the loss and saw southpaw starter Ryan Yarborough get pounded for six earned runs on nine hits in 5.0 innings. Tampa Bay hasn’t listed a starter for Sunday’s affair.
Expert Analysis and Prediction
New York is getting some phenomenal pitching to lead the majors in fewest runs allowed per game (2.3). On the flip side of the coin, Tampa Bay is allowing a stunning 7.0 runs per contest (28th). Heading into Friday’s series opener, the Yankees were 5-1 in their last 6 games following an off day and 5-2 in their last 7 games following a loss.
Tampa Bay has gone1-4 in their last 5 games following an off day and 1-5 in their last 6 games as an underdog. I’m expecting another strong outing from Jordan Montgomery to help New York get the win.
Pick: Yankees 6 Rays 2