What’s not to like about the Under in Yankee Stadium today? Both staff aces get the start, the wind will be blowing in and the home plate umpire has one of the biggest strike zones in the league.
The New York Yankees are looking to avoid a sweep at the hands of the improved Tampa Bay Rays at the Stadium this afternoon.
[articleBanner]who2beton[/articleBanner]The Yanks send groundball specialist Chien-Ming Wang to the mound while the Rays give the ball to upstart right-hander James Shields. It's not often you see two No.1 starters, even if in name, receive favorable weather (wind blowing in at Yankee Stadium) and an umpire known for calling strikes, and get all of the above with a Vegas number of 9½.
The only thing that would make this total play bigger and better would be if it was a getaway day for both teams and the umpiring crew. The conditions in the Bronx today favor the pitchers. It's forecast to be 46 degrees at first pitch with a 15 mile per hour win blowing in from left-center. Ted Barnett will call balls and strikes behind the plate and his 2.33 strikeout rate and huge strike zone brings value to the play.
While Shields didn't have over-the-top success against the Yanks last year, the Under is 8-2 in his last 10 starts overall, and 5-0 in his last 5 starts on grass. Wang is 4-1-2 in his last 7 starts vs. Rays
Go Under in this expected pitchers’ duel.
Free Pick: Rays, Yankees Under 9½ (-120)