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MLB betting line favors Yankees over Rays

Tampa Bay RaysNew York Yankees
May 9, 7:05 PM | GrassYankee Stadium

Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees Odds

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The baseball wagering menu sees a clash between New York and Tampa Bay on Wednesday, with the host Yankees trying to win for themselves and reward bettors who back them on the moneyline.

Jeff Niemann, with a record of 2-3 on the season, gets the ball for the Rays, while the Yankees trot David Phelps to the mound in this one. He is 0-1 so far in 2012.

View Tampa Bay vs NY Yankees Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with the Yankees in this one will find them as -130 favorites on the MLB money line. Betting the over under instead? It was hovering near 9.5 at its open earlier today.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Yankees rated this week at No. 2 and the Rays sitting at No. 8.

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How They Match Up:
On offense, it's a battle between New York and its American League No. 3-rated batting order, averaging 5 runs per nine innings, against the American League's No. 6 lineup of the Rays at 4.5 runs per outing.

Comparing defensive stats, Tampa Bay owns the American League's No. 14-rated road mark, allowing 5.4 runs per game on the highway. New York, on the other hand, rates No. 3 in scoring at home.

Tampa Bay lost its last outing, a 5-3 result against the Yankees on May 8. Bettors who backed the Yankees at -130 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (8) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. The Rays were saddled with a loss last time out in James Shields' start, as they lost 5-3 against New York on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.

Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing NY Yankees are 6-4
After playing NY Yankees are 6-4
After a loss are 5-5

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

A few Rays at Yankees trends to consider:
Tampa Bay is 7-1 SU in their last 8 games when playing NY Yankees
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games when playing on the road against NY Yankees
Tampa Bay is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Tampa Bay's last 16 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of NY Yankees' last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of NY Yankees' last 9 games
NY Yankees are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of NY Yankees' last 5 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay

Next up:
Tampa Bay at NY Yankees, Thursday, May 10