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Rays open series at Yankee Stadium

The division-rival Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees will open up a four-game MLB betting series on Thursday night as the American League East clubs hit the diamond at Yankee Stadium.

The Rays and Yankees have already met six times this season, with all of those games being played in Tampa Bay. The two teams split those half-dozen contests with three wins apiece; overall Tampa Bay is just 4-6 in its last 10 games vs. New York.

Andy Pettitte will take the mound for New York, and he'll carry a 5-4 record into the contest. Matt Moore gets the ball for Tampa Bay; he's 8-3 so far this season.

View Tampa Bay vs NY Yankees Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Yankees as -106 favorites on the moneyline for this contest. The over under was hovering near 8 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals at Bovada.

Power Rankings:
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the American League No. 9-ranked Yankees and the American League No. 4-rated Rays in this matchup.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up New York's No. 12 ranked American League offense (3.9 runs per game) against a Rays defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 11 in the American League at 4.6 runs allowed per game. The Yankees have been averaging 8 hits per game, less than the Rays have managed so far this season (8.8 hits on average).

Tampa Bay brings the American League's No. 11-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Yankees' league No. 3-ranked defense.

Tampa Bay won its last outing, a 6-2 result against the Red Sox on June 19. Bettors who backed the Rays at +119 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (8) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. The Rays grabbed a win last time out, defeating Ryan Dempster and the Red Sox 6-2 on Wednesday at Fenway Park.

The Yankees were a 6-0 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Dodgers. That made winners of bettors who got Los Angeles at +132 on the moneyline, while the total score (6) was good news for UNDER bettors. The Yankees were shut out in their last start, struggling to get much going against the Los Angeles staff and losing 6-0 to the Dodgers on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.

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

New York Yankees Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Tampa Bay are 5-5
After playing LA Dodgers are 3-4
After a loss are 4-6

A few Rays at Yankees trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 2-5 SU in their last 7 games when playing on the road against NY Yankees
Tampa Bay is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
NY Yankees are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games at home
NY Yankees are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of NY Yankees' last 12 games
NY Yankees are 2-6 SU in their last 8 games

Next up:
Tampa Bay at NY Yankees, Friday, June 21