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Jeremy Hellickson out to silence Yankees bats in MLB contest

New York YankeesTampa Bay Rays
April 8, 1:40 PM | TurfTropicana Field

New York Yankees vs Tampa Bay Rays Odds


New York pays a visit to Tampa Bay on Sunday, hoping to shut down the Rays bats in baseball action at Tropicana Field.

The Rays will turn to Jeremy Hellickson and his 0-0 record as they look for a win in this one, while the Yankees send Philip Hughes (0-0) to the hill.

View NY Yankees vs Tampa Bay Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had installed the Rays as -125 moneyline favorites in this particular MLB matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 8.5 before betting started to move the line.

Power Rankings:
The Rays - Yankees odds would favor the Yankees if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Tampa Bay is rated No. 7 in the current American League Odds Shark poll, while New York is at No. 2 in the American League.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Tampa Bay's No. 1 ranked American League offense (7.5 runs per game) against a Yankees defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 14 in the American League at 7.5 runs allowed per game. The Rays have been averaging 11 hits per game, more than the Yankees have managed so far this season (9 hits on average).

Tampa Bay owns the American League's No. 10 defense, allowing 6 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with New York's American League No. 14-rated defense.

In their last action, New York was an 8-6 loser on the road against the Rays. Bettors on Tampa Bay at -117 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (14) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. New York looks to rebound from a loss to the Rays, who beat them 8-6 on Saturday behind a start from David Price at Tropicana Field.

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

Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Detroit are 6-4
After playing NY Yankees are 5-5
After a win are 7-3

A few Yankees at Rays trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of NY Yankees' last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of NY Yankees' last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of NY Yankees' last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay
NY Yankees are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games
Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing NY Yankees
Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against NY Yankees
Tampa Bay is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games at home
Tampa Bay is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games

Next up:
NY Yankees at Baltimore, Monday, April 9
Tampa Bay at Detroit, Tuesday, April 10