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Rays vs Yankees Baseball Game Preview

Tampa Bay Rays

New York Yankees
89-69 September 26, 2013, 07:05 PM | Yankee Stadium 82-76

New York will look to improve on its 82-76 record when take on Tampa Bay, a key part of the MLB odds lineup on Thursday.

The match puts starter Alex Cobb for the Rays on the hill facing Ivan Nova for the Yankees. Cobb brings a 10-3 mark to the game, while Nova is 9-5 to date on the season.

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

The visitors were -108 moneyline Favorite in this one earlier in the day at most online sportsbooks including Bovada. The total was 7.5 at GTbets.eu for those preferring over under wagers.

This game matches up the No. 18 (Yankees) and the No. 13 (Rays) teams, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

The Rays were an 8-3 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Yankees. That made winners of bettors who got Tampa Bay at -163 on the moneyline, while the total score (11) was good news for OVER bettors. Tampa Bay looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Yankees, an 8-3 final on Wednesday in support of David Price at Yankee Stadium.

How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and New York has baseball's No. 15-rated offensive output, at 8.18 hits per game. The Rays average 8.74 hits per game, good for No. 12 on the list.

Tampa Bay brings the No. 11-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Yankees's No. 15-ranked defense.

A few Rays at Yankees trends to consider:
Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Tampa Bay is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing NY Yankees
NY Yankees is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of NY Yankees's last 5 games
NY Yankees is 16-8 SU in its last 24 games at home
NY Yankees is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games at home

Next up:
Tampa Bay at Toronto, Friday, September 27th
New York at Houston, Friday, September 27th