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MLB Odds: Yankees at Rays

The American League East leading Tampa Bay Rays close out a short two-game series with the New York Yankees tonight at Tropicana Field.

Ivan Nova (3-3, 4.70) will get the start for the Yankees tonight, while James Shields (4-1, 2.08) is on tap for Tampa Bay. Nova was ripped for eight runs on 10 hits over three innings in his last start against Kansas City. Shields earned a win over the Indians last time out after allowing two runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts in seven innings.

View NY Yankees vs Tampa Bay Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Yankees were listed as +-155 underdogs on the baseball moneyline at many online sportsbooks. The total was set at 8.5 before betting started earlier on Monday.

Power Rankings:
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the American League No. 7-ranked Rays and the American League No. 4-rated Yankees in this matchup.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Yankees rank No. 11 in the American League at 8.2 hits per game. That compares with Tampa Bay’s No. 10 ranking in that category.

Tampa Bay owns the American League's No. 2 defense, allowing 3.6 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with New York's American League No. 9-rated defense.

In their last action, New York was a 6-5 loser on the road against the Rays. Bettors on Tampa Bay at -146 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (11) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. The Yankees endured a 6-5 loss at the hands of the Rays on Monday, with A.J. Burnett throwing 5 2/3 innings of 8-hit ball at Tropicana Field.

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

Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 6-4
Before playing Toronto are 4-6
After playing NY Yankees are 6-4
After a win are 5-5

A few Yankees at Rays trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of NY Yankees' last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
NY Yankees are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay
NY Yankees are 2-5 SU in their last 7 games on the road
NY Yankees are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games when playing NY Yankees
Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against NY Yankees
The total has gone UNDER in 19 of Tampa Bay's last 25 games at home
Tampa Bay is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games

Next up:
NY Yankees at Baltimore, Wednesday, May 18
Tampa Bay at Toronto, Wednesday, May 18