Neither offense has been doing much scoring, and with the quality young hurlers on the hill, tonight's series finale between the Rays and Yankees in Tampa stays Under.
Expect a strong performance from Tampa Bay southpaw Scott Kazmir today when the Rays conclude their series with the New York Yankees. He should be pumped after inking a three-year contract extension for $28.5 million and was a Yankee killer last season.
Kazmir has looked good since returning from a strained left elbow. The AL strikeout leader last season, he has made three starts this season with the last coming on Saturday versus the Angels. He held them scoreless in six innings at home, allowing three hits while striking out six and walking three.
The Yankees' offense is feeling the loss of Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada. New York has scored four runs in its last three games. Kazmir held the Yankees to just two earned runs during his last three starts against them last year in 18.2 innings. During those three starts, he allowed New York just 12 hits while having a 22-to-six strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Yankee starter Ian Kennedy is the wildcard in this handicap to the Under. It appears a trip to Triple-A may have gotten him on track as he gave up no runs on two hits in 8.1 innings, allowing no walks and recording eight strikeouts while back in the minors.
The Rays haven't exactly been tearing the cover off the ball. They've been held to two or less runs in five of their last eight games.
Free Pick: Yankees-Rays Under 9 (-125)