Back The Yankees On Their Post Season Push vs The Rays This Afternoon

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Jay Pryce

Saturday, September 10, 2016 5:57 PM GMT

Saturday, Sep. 10, 2016 5:57 PM GMT

The new-look Yankees, hold the final wild-card spot in the AL. The division crown is within reach, and they hope to make up ground in the race when they square off against the Rays. Need a MLB pick? We got ya covered.

Tampa Bay Rays (59-81) – Chris Archer (8-17, 4.06 ERA)
With 22 games left play, the Rays are guaranteed to suffer their third straight losing season since falling 3-1 to the Red Sox in the 2013 ALDS. They’ve dropped five of their last six, including two in a row at Yankee Stadium, where they are just 6-14 in their last 20 visits.

Skipper Kevin Cash tasks Chris Archer with finding a win this afternoon, which is tough to come by this season for the 2015 All-Star. The young right-hander, who leads the league with 211 strikeouts, is set to tie a team record for starting pitchers with his next loss, equaling Tanyon Sturtze for most in a season (18).

Archer has been dialed in a handful of his last outings, including tossing a four-hit shutout against the Padres four starts ago. The road continues to be a sore spot for the right-hander, however. Archer is 5-8 with a whopping 5.79 ERA and 1.44 WHIP away from Tropicana Field this year.

Archer has showed up big against the Yankees in the past. He’s 5-4 with a 2.52 ERA in 12-lifetime starts. Those of the old guard making up the current lineup are hitting .289 collectively. The recently benched Jacoby Ellsbury is an eye-catching 18-for-31 (.581) with a whopping 1.338 OPS against.

The OVER is 16-4 in Tampa’s last 20 games. Poor pitching has been the primary catalyst with the staff allowing 5.1 runs per game. The bats, too, are knocking in 4.7 runs, slugging 29 home runs during this span.

 

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New York Yankees (75-65) – Masahiro Tanaka (12-4, 3.11 ERA)
The new-look Yankees are one of the hottest teams in MLB, going 14-6 in their last 20 contests. They sit one game out of the American League’s second wild-card spot, and four out of first. Don’t write off another AL East crown either. The Pinstripers are right in the hunt, four games from the top spot.

Manager Joe Girardi turns to his ace Masahiro Tanaka this afternoon, the right-hander helping jumpstart the turnaround earlier last month. Tanaka, who is third in walks per nine innings (1.56) and fourth in strikeouts to walk ratio (4.84) in the AL, has won five of his last six outings. His last defeat occurred against the equally red-hot Mets 7-1 on Aug. 2. The Yankees are 22-12 since and are 21-7 in games when the Japanese national commands the hill this season.

The Yankees are 25-10 when Tanaka goes off home chalk at Yankees Stadium in his career. This season is proving a gold mine for backers, the team going 10-1 in this spot at -157 average odds. Bettors have pocketed 50 percent profit.

Tanaka is a perfect 4-0 with a 2.63 ERA and 0.73 WHIP in six career starts against the Rays. He’s holding the current lineup to a measly .176 batting average and .536 OPS. First baseman Logan Morrison and 3B Evan Longoria, two of the Rays’ biggest sluggers, struggle badly, going 2-for-15 and 2-for-17 respectively.

 

Final Analysis
Archer is a shoe-in to give up a couple through the first half of the contest. On the road, he’s allowed two runs or more through the first five innings in all but one of his 14 away outings. New York has been jumping on opposing starters early at Yankee Stadium of late too, averaging 4.4 runs through the first five over the last calendar month. Tanaka has yielded two runs or fewer in 19 of 28 starts this season, tied for the most in the AL. Yankees on the run line through the first five is the free MLB pick

 

Free MLB Pick: Yankees -0.5, 1h Play
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