Bet on Archer & Bay Rays vs. Yankees

Jeff Grant

Monday, June 30, 2014 12:12 PM GMT

Chris Archer has done some of his best work against division opponents over the course of his young career, which provides the Tampa Bay Rays a major edge against the New York Yankees Monday night. Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting lines for this American League East matchup.

Road trippin’ 
Tampa Bay has taken three of four games on its current road trip, including a 12-7 victory over the Baltimore Orioles as -113 favorites Sunday, while going over the betting total for a second consecutive affair. The Rays pitching staff has been performing at a relatively high level in June—compiling a 3.35 ERA and sitting just eight strikeouts shy of a MLB record for the most in a single month. 

MLB handicappers will find that the Tampa Bay Rays are 4-2 as road underdogs of +100 to +125 this season, with the 'under' going 4-2 in that sitaution.


Tough turnaround 
New York will look to bounce back from a 8-5 defeat to the Boston Red Sox on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball broadcast, while the franchise has dropped six of its last 10 games overall. The Yankees are 12-3-1 all time versus the Rays in home season series, but it’s important to point out that they’ve put together a disappointing 18-30 overall record in the last 48 meetings in this rivalry. 

Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is 27-23 at home with a money line of -100 to -125, with the 'under' going 25-23-2 in those opportunities.


Archer
Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer (4-5, 3.29 ERA) has alternated wins and losses in his last three trips to the mound, as he attempts to bounce back from a 6-5 home defeat to the Pittsburgh Pirates—giving up five runs (four earned) and seven hits in seven frames. The right-hander is 1-3 with a 4.06 ERA in eight road appearances, with opposing hitters batting .267 against him and leaving the ballpark just once in 44.1 combined innings. 

Archer has tallied a perfect 4-0 record and 1.26 ERA in four lifetime starts versus the Bronx Bombers.


Phelps
Yankees starting pitcher David Phelps (3-4, 4.35 ERA) didn’t earn a decision in a 7-6 setback on the road to the Toronto Blue Jays last Tuesday, as he allowed six runs and eight hits over five innings of work. The right-hander is 2-1 with a 2.42 ERA in seven home games (three starts)—surrendering just one round tripper in 22.1 combined frames. In eight overall games (four starts) versus the Rays, Phelps has compiled a 2-0 record and 2.81 ERA, including a 1-0 mark and 1.64 ERA in three home appearances.


Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Rays as one of their MLB picks, as they’ve proven victorious in 10 of Archer’s last 14 starts versus division opponents.

Free MLB Pick:  Tampa Bay Rays 

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