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Yankees visit Tampa Bay Rays in MLB clash

A key battle on the MLB odds menu sees visiting New York dueling Tampa Bay on Wednesday at Tropicana Field.

New York puts its faith in starter David Phelps to earn a win and boost his personal mark of 0-1. Getting the ball for the Rays is David Price, who owns a 11-4 record on the season with a 2.92 ERA.

View NY Yankees vs Tampa Bay Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Tampa Bay opened as -147 moneyline favorites in this baseball match, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers settle on an opening over under number of 8.

Power Rankings:
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the American League No. 9-ranked Rays and the American League No. 2-rated Yankees in this matchup.

How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Tampa Bay has the American League's No. 11-rated offensive output, at 7.7 hits per game. The Yankees average 8.8 hits per game, good for No. 7 on the American League list.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Tampa Bay has the American League's No. 5-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Yankees own the American League's No. 3 mark in runs allowed.

New York lost its last outing, a 7-4 result against the Rays on July 3. Bettors who backed the Rays at -108 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (11) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. New York looks to rebound from a loss to the Rays, who beat them 7-4 on Tuesday behind a start from James Shields at Tropicana Field.

New York Yankees Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 8-2
Before playing Boston are 7-3
After playing Tampa Bay are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5

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

A few Yankees at Rays trends to consider:
NY Yankees are 9-3 SU in their last 12 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of NY Yankees' last 7 games
NY Yankees are 17-7 SU in their last 24 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of NY Yankees' last 9 games when playing Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against NY Yankees
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 8 games at home
Tampa Bay is 11-4 SU in their last 15 games when playing NY Yankees
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games

Next up:
NY Yankees at Boston, Friday, July 6
Tampa Bay at Cleveland, Thursday, July 5