APR 12 - MLB Winning Favorites Tampa Bay At New York

MLB Winning Favorites Tampa Bay At New York

Written by on April 12, 2017

Now is not the time to panic or get too excited in the MLB. At 162 games, the MLB season is a grind, and divisional races are seldom won and lost in April. For many teams, the opening few weeks of the season are a time of transition, with new players acquired during the offseason trying to find their feet in their new home. It’s a tough time of the season for bettors, since there is very little to go on in terms of trends, but it’s also a time when you can take advantage of teams who were expected to struggle getting off to a fast start. One of those teams in the Tampa Bay Rays. They were not really considered to be much of a threat in the AL East, but a solid opening to the season has them in good shape early on. They are currently embroiled in a 3-game series versus the New York Yankees the final game of which is set for Thursday night in the Big Apple. Find out more about the latest MLB betting run lines here.

Here’s A Closer Look At The MLB Winning Favorites Tampa Bay Rays At New York Yankees

When: Thursday, April 13 at 7:05 PM ESTWhere: Yankee Stadium, New YorkStarting Pitchers: Matt Andriese Vs Luis SeverinoTV: MLBN, FOX Sports Sun, YESRadio: WGES 680, WDAE 95.3 FM, WFAN 101.9 FMLive Stream: MLB.TVMLB Odds: New York Yankess -1.5 (+160) 

Why bet on the Tampa Bay Rays

It’s still early in the season, but this is already the second series that the Rays will have played versus the Yankees. It was Tampa Bay Rays who took 2 of 3 at home in the opening series of the season, which they then followed up by taking 3 of 4 from the struggling Toronto Blue Jays. Perhaps the biggest surprise to this start from the Rays has been their ability to score runs, with 34 batted in during their first 8 games of the season. It was believed that scoring runs was going to be their Achilles heel this season, so this is a promising start. Matt Andriese (0-0, 9.00 ERA) was hit hard in his first start of the season, although the Rays did come away with a 10-8 win versus the Jays in that one.

Why bet on the New York Yankees

The Yankees have played two series this season and have come up on the losing end of things in both of them. In fairness, both series were played on the road, and they will be hoping for a reversal of fortunes now that they are back in New York. They certainly got things off to a good start at home, beating the Rays 8-1 in the opening game of this series. That is now back to back wins for the Yankees, and they will be looking to gather a little more steam by picking up wins in the final two games versus Tampa Bay. Luis Severino (0-0, 7.20 ERA) lasted 5 innings in his first start versus the Orioles. The Yankees lost that one 6-5, with Severino getting a no-decision.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

Given the start that the two pitchers have made to the season, we can probably expect to see some runs in this one. Giving the slight edge to the Yankees at home.

Tampa Bay Rays 4 New York Yankees 6