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Moneyline favors Yankees in battle with Rays

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

Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees Odds

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The visiting Rays hope for a solid performance on Thursday as they look to steal a win at Yankee Stadium against the New York Yankees.

Bartolo Colon gets the call for the New York Yankees and he will try to build on a 6-2 mark. In the other dugout, Jeff Niemann brings a 3-4 ledger to the game for the Rays as he tries to quiet the Yankees bats.

View Tampa Bay vs NY Yankees Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Rays listed as underdogs of +-175 at most sportsbooks. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 9.5, depending on the book.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Yankees at No. 1 in the American League and the Rays at No. 9 in the American League heading into this contest.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features New York's American League No. 1-ranked scoring average of 5.3 runs per game, against a Rays offense rated No. 8 and scoring 4.3 runs per game in the league. The Yankees have averaged 8.7 hits per game to date this season, more than the Rays hitters have managed (8.2 per nine innings).

Comparing defensive stats, Tampa Bay owns the American League's No. 8-rated road mark, allowing 4.1 runs per game on the highway. New York, on the other hand, rates No. 3 in scoring at home.

Last time out for Tampa Bay, they were a 12-5 winner as they battled the Twins on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Rays at +101 were rewarded, while the 17 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Tampa Bay got the job done in their last match in a 12-5 victory over Minnesota on Wednesday at Target Field behind starter Wade Davis.

New York lost its last outing, a 5-3 result against the Indians on July 6. Bettors who backed the Indians at -102 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (8) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. New York looks to rebound from a loss to the Indians, who beat them 5-3 on Wednesday behind a start from Justin Masterson at Progressive Field.

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

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

A few Rays at Yankees trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Tampa Bay's last 9 games when playing on the road against NY Yankees
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games
Tampa Bay is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 15 of Tampa Bay's last 21 games when playing NY Yankees
NY Yankees are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 8 of NY Yankees' last 9 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of NY Yankees' last 8 games
NY Yankees are 8-3 SU in their last 11 games

Next up:
Tampa Bay at NY Yankees, Friday, July 8