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MLB Odds: Yankees battle the Rays

Champions of the AL East, the New York Yankees begin a three-game series on the road against the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.

With the playoffs set to get underway this weekend the Yankees will be looking to rest their key players, while the Rays are still trying to chase down the American League's Wild Card berth.

View NY Yankees vs Tampa Bay Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings:
It's a baseball betting matchup between the American League No. 7-rated Rays and the league No. 2-ranked Yankees, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

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How They Match Up:
On offense, it's a battle between Tampa Bay and its American League No. 9-rated batting order, averaging 4.3 runs per nine innings, against the American League's No. 2 lineup of the Yankees at 5.4 runs per outing.

Tampa Bay owns the American League's No. 1 defense, allowing 3.8 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with New York's American League No. 3-rated defense.

In their last action, New York was a 7-4 loser at home against the Red Sox. Bettors on Boston at +128 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (11) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. New York lost in extra innings against the Red Sox on Sunday as Boston edged them 7-4 at Yankee Stadium.

In their last action, Tampa Bay was a 5-2 winner at home against the Blue Jays. Bettors on Tampa Bay at -167 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. Tampa Bay got the job done in their last match in a 5-2 victory over Toronto on Sunday at Tropicana Field behind starter Wade Davis.

New York Yankees Trends:
When playing on Monday are 7-3
Before playing Tampa Bay are 8-2
After playing Boston are 4-6
After a loss are 6-4

Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Monday are 4-6
Before playing NY Yankees are 4-6
After playing Toronto are 7-3
After a win are 6-4

A few Yankees at Rays trends to consider:
NY Yankees are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of NY Yankees' last 5 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of NY Yankees' last 9 games when playing Tampa Bay
NY Yankees are 6-2 SU in their last 8 games
Tampa Bay is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games when playing at home against NY Yankees
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Tampa Bay's last 9 games when playing NY Yankees
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games

Next up:
NY Yankees at Tampa Bay, Tuesday, September 27

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