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Baseball odds preview - Tampa Bay vs. New York

Tampa Bay Rays

New York Yankees
88-69 September 25, 2013, 07:05 PM | Yankee Stadium 82-75

The New York Yankees look to emerge victorious in MLB odds action as the Rays arrive at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday.

For the Yankees, Philip Hughes gets the ball, charged with keeping the Rays hitters off the base paths. He'll face David Price, 8-8 on the year.

View Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting Tampa Bay before the first pitch in this match found them as -164-moneyline Favorite earlier today at Bovada. They saw the total of 7.5 earlier at TopBet.

The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Yankees rated this week at No. 18 and the Rays sitting at No. 13.

The Rays were a 7-0 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Yankees. That made winners of bettors who got Tampa Bay at -108 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for UNDER bettors. Tampa Bay threw a shutout at New York in their last outing, using a shutdown performance by Matt Moore to defeat New York 7-0 on Tuesday.

How They Match Up:
On offense, it's a battle between New York and its No. 16-rated batting order, averaging 4.06 runs per nine innings, against the No. 13 lineup of the Rays at 4.27 runs per outing.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and New York has the No. 15-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Rays own the No. 11 mark in runs allowed.

A few Rays at Yankees trends to consider:
Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 8-15 SU in its last 23 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games on the road
NY Yankees is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of NY Yankees's last 7 games
NY Yankees is 16-7 SU in its last 23 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of NY Yankees's last 5 games at home

Next up:
Tampa Bay at New York, Thursday, September 26th