Pick Streaking Rays Over Yankees Friday

Jeff Grant

Friday, May 2, 2014 1:10 PM GMT

The New York Yankees had their worst-ever home record against the Tampa Bay Rays a season ago, which provides the road team value in Friday night’s series opener. Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this American League East matchup at Yankee Stadium.

Measuring Up 
Tampa Bay went 7-3 on the road against New York in 2013—the best such record in franchise history in that situation.

The Rays arrive in the Bronx after sweeping a doubleheader from the Boston Red Sox, with first baseman James Loney leading the charge offensively, as he’s gone 16 for 28 with nine RBIs over the past seven contests.

MLB handicappers will find that the club is 3-6 versus left-handed starters this season, with no edge in regards to the betting total (4-4-1 'over'/'under').


Offensive Woes
New York is 2-3 on its current homestand due to scoring just 13 runs over that span, but the squad has averaged more than five runs per game since April 17. 

The Yankees have hit for just a .203 average and been outscored by a 38-16 margin in dropping six of their last seven home games against the Rays.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise has compiled a 29-28 record in May, with the 'under' going 36-19 in that situation.


Price
Rays' starting pitcher David Price (3-2, 4.75 ERA) has alternated wins and losses over his last four efforts, as he looks to bounce back from a 9-2 road defeat to the Chicago White Sox last time out.

The left-hander is 1-1 with a 4.40 ERA in two road outings this season—issuing two walks and striking out 17 batters in 14.1 combined frames.

In 10 career starts at this ballpark, Price has compiled a 5-2 record and 4.09 ERA.


Nuno
Yankees' starting pitcher Vidal Nuno (0-0, 6.59 ERA) will be making his third start and sixth appearance of the season, as he prepares to face the Rays for the second time this year.

The left-hander didn’t earn a decision in a 5-1 road win over Tampa Bay on April 20—allowing just three hits over five shutout innings.

Nuno has compiled a 1-1 record and 2.39 ERA in five career starts as a professional.


Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Rays as one of their MLB picks, as they’ve won 10 of their last 14 games against the Bronx Bombers.

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Free MLB Pick: Tampa Bay Rays -141