Yankees open up series in Tampa Bay

The first-place New York Yankees will be down in Florida this weekend as they open up a three-game MLB betting series against the division-rival Tampa Bay Rays on Friday at Tropicana Field.

The Yankees and Rays met three times in Tampa Bay back in late April, with New York losing two of those three contests for their supporters on the MLB betting lines at the sportsbooks. The OVER/UNDER is 3-5-2 in the past 10 Yankees vs. Rays games.

The match puts starter David Phelps for the Yankees on the hill facing Fausto Carmona for the Rays. Phelps brings a 1-1 mark to the game, while Carmona is 2-4 to date on the season.

View NY Yankees vs Tampa Bay Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The moneyline was hovering in the range of -120 for the Rays in this one over at TopBet. The over under number was sitting near 8.5 at 5Dimes.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the American League's No. 6-rated Yankees taking on the American League's No. 3-rated Rays in this contest.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Yankees rank No. 10 in the American League at 8.3 hits per game. That compares with Tampa Bay’s No. 8 ranking in that category.

Defensively, New York features the American League's No. 2-rated defense on the road, allowing 3.5 runs per game. Tampa Bay, meanwhile, comes in at No. 4 in the American League at home, scoring 4.9 runs per game.

In their last action, New York was a 6-3 loser on the road against the Orioles. Bettors on Baltimore at +103 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (9) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. New York suffered a 6-3 loss against Baltimore on Wednesday, as Hiroki Kuroda wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Camden Yards.

In their last action, Tampa Bay was a 4-3 loser on the road against the Blue Jays. Bettors on Toronto at -103 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. Tampa Bay lost in extra innings against the Blue Jays on Wednesday as Toronto edged them 4-3 at Rogers Centre.

New York Yankees Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Tampa Bay are 3-7
After playing Baltimore are 4-6
After a loss are 7-3

Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Friday are 9-1
Before playing NY Yankees are 7-3
After playing Toronto are 8-2
After a loss are 6-4

A few Yankees at Rays trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of NY Yankees' last 12 games on the road
NY Yankees are 7-3 SU in their last 10 games on the road
NY Yankees are 10-5 SU in their last 15 games
NY Yankees are 3-13 SU in their last 16 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay is 13-3 SU in their last 16 games when playing at home against NY Yankees
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Tampa Bay's last 10 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 19 of Tampa Bay's last 24 games
Tampa Bay is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home

Next up:
NY Yankees at Tampa Bay, Saturday, May 25

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