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Baseball Matchup - New York Yankees Tampa Bay Rays Odds Preview

Tampa Bay RaysNew York Yankees
July 26, 7:05 PM | GrassYankee Stadium

Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees Odds

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MLB wagering interest swings to the New York vs Tampa Bay battle on Friday at Yankee Stadium as the Yankees try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.

Tampa Bay puts its faith in starter Jeremy Hellickson to earn a win and boost his personal mark of 9-3. Getting the ball for the Yankees is CC Sabathia, who owns a 9-8 record on the season with a 4.37 ERA.

View Tampa Bay vs NY Yankees Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Those who planned on backing the visitors in this one found the Rays listed as underdogs of +-130 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 8.5, check for updates at 5Dimes.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Yankees at No. 7 in the American League and the Rays at No. 3 in the American League heading into this contest.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up New York's No. 13 ranked American League offense (3.9 runs per game) against a Rays defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 3 in the American League at 4 runs allowed per game. The Yankees have been averaging 8.1 hits per game, less than the Rays have managed so far this season (8.9 hits on average).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and New York has the American League's No. 2-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Rays own the American League's No. 3 mark in runs allowed.

Last time out for New York, they were a 2-0 winner as they battled the Rangers on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Yankees at +143 were rewarded, while the 2 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Hiroki Kuroda silenced the Rangers bats in a 2-0 victory last time out versus Texas at Rangers Ballpark.

Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing NY Yankees are 4-6
After playing Boston are 5-5
After a win are 8-2

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

A few Rays at Yankees trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 15-2 SU in its last 17 games
Tampa Bay is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of NY Yankees' last 7 games
NY Yankees are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
NY Yankees are 3-6 SU in their last 9 games

Next up:
Tampa Bay at NY Yankees, Saturday, July 27