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Rays vs. Yankees MLB Betting Preview

Well back in the AL East standings, the Tampa Bay Rays continue their series in New York against the Yankees on Saturday afternoon.

The Rays are well above .500 on the season, but in a tough division with both the Yankees and the Red Sox they're hard-pressed to make a run at a playoff berth this season.

View Tampa Bay vs NY Yankees Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as +-150 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark. The total opened at 9 for those preferring over under wagers.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Yankees at No. 1 in the American League and the Rays at No. 8 in the American League heading into this contest.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and New York has the American League's No. 2-rated offensive output, at 9 hits per game. The Rays average 8.3 hits per game, good for No. 13 on the American League list.

New York owns the American League's No. 2 defense, allowing 3.9 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Tampa Bay's American League No. 4-rated defense.

Tampa Bay won its last outing, a 5-1 result against the Yankees on August 12. Bettors who backed the Rays at +165 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (6) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Tampa Bay got the job done in their last match in a 5-1 victory over New York on Friday at Yankee Stadium behind starter David Price.

Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing NY Yankees are 5-5
After playing NY Yankees are 5-5
After a win are 7-3

New York Yankees Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Tampa Bay are 5-5
After playing Tampa Bay are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4


A few Rays at Yankees trends to consider:
Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games when playing NY Yankees
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games
Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of NY Yankees' last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay
NY Yankees are 16-6 SU in their last 22 games at home
NY Yankees are 10-4 SU in their last 14 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of NY Yankees' last 7 games at home

Next up:
Tampa Bay at NY Yankees, Sunday, August 14

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