MLB Moneyline Bets: Yankees vs Rays - 7/9

MLB Moneyline Bets: Yankees vs Rays - 7/9

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MLB Moneyline Bets: New York Yankees vs Tampa Bay Rays - 7/9

 

Game Summary

The New York Yankees will face off against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on July 9. This matchup is crucial for both teams as they aim to improve their standings in the highly competitive AL East. The Yankees come into this game with a 44-46 record, struggling to find consistency in their performances. On the other hand, the Rays boast an impressive 55-37 record, showcasing their dominance this season. The Yankees' recent form has been a mix of wins and losses, while the Rays have shown more stability, making this an intriguing contest.

Historically, the Yankees have had the upper hand in this rivalry, but the Rays have closed the gap significantly in recent years. The game will feature two starting pitchers with similar ERAs but different win-loss records. Ryan Pepiot (4-5, 4.40 ERA) will take the mound for the Yankees, while Carlos Rodon (9-6, 4.45 ERA) will start for the Rays. Both pitchers have shown flashes of brilliance but have also struggled with consistency. The Yankees' offense, led by Yandy Diaz and Isaac Paredes, will need to step up against a strong Rays pitching staff. Conversely, the Rays will rely on their balanced lineup and solid bullpen to secure a victory.

Tropicana Field's indoor setting eliminates weather as a factor, allowing both teams to focus solely on their performance. The Yankees will need to improve their hitting and fielding to match the Rays' well-rounded game. Key players and recent performances will play a significant role in determining the outcome of this matchup. With both teams having a lot at stake, expect a highly competitive and entertaining game.

 

Odds and Betting Lines

Market Odds
Over/Under 8.5
Yankees Spread -1.5
Rays Spread +1.5
Yankees Moneyline -122
Rays Moneyline +104

 

Pitching Probables

Pitcher W-L ERA Strikeouts
Ryan Pepiot (NYY) 4-5 4.40 83
Carlos Rodon (TB) 9-6 4.45 100

 

Team Previews

New York Yankees

Hitting: The Yankees' offense has been inconsistent this season, ranking 21st in batting average (.235) and tied for 24th in runs scored (359). Yandy Diaz leads the team with a .270 batting average, while Isaac Paredes has been the primary power source with 14 home runs and 47 RBIs. The team will need more contributions from its lineup to support its pitching staff.

Relief Pitching: The Yankees' bullpen has been one of their strengths, with 27 saves (tied for 5th). Jonathan Loaisiga and Clay Holmes have been reliable closers, and the bullpen's depth will be crucial in close games.

Fielding: The Yankees have committed 42 errors this season, ranking tied for 23rd. Improved defense will be essential to support their pitching staff and prevent unearned runs.

Starting Pitchers: Ryan Pepiot will start for the Yankees with a 4-5 record and a 4.40 ERA. While he has shown potential, he will need to be more consistent to give the Yankees a chance to win.

 

Tampa Bay Rays

Hitting: The Rays have been one of the best offensive teams, ranking tied for 1st in runs scored (464) and 10th in batting average (.248). Aaron Judge leads the team with a .308 average, 32 home runs, and 83 RBIs. The Rays' balanced lineup has been a key factor in their success.

Relief Pitching: The Rays' bullpen has also been strong, with 25 saves (tied for 8th). Jeffrey Springs and Richard Lovelady have been reliable relievers, though both are currently dealing with injuries.

Fielding: The Rays have committed 55 errors, ranking 5th in the league. Their solid defense has been a key component of their success this season.

Starting Pitchers: Carlos Rodon will start for the Rays with a 9-6 record and a 4.45 ERA. Rodon has been effective but will need to avoid giving up home runs to keep the Yankees' offense in check.

 

Team Injuries

New York Yankees

Player Name Position Injury Injury Status
Gleyber Torres 2B Groin Probable for Jul 9

 

Tampa Bay Rays

Player Name Position Injury Injury Status
Jeffrey Springs SP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Jul 22
Richard Lovelady RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Jul 19

 

Betting Trends

  • Yankees are 5-5 in their last 10 games.
  • Rays are 7-3 in their last 10 games.
  • Yankees are 23-25 at home this season.
  • Rays are 25-19 on the road this season.
  • Yankees have a team ERA of 4.36 (24th in MLB).
  • Rays have a team ERA of 3.59 (5th in MLB).
  • Yankees are 20th in hits (706).
  • Rays are 10th in hits (761).
  • Yankees are 5th in saves (27).
  • Rays are tied for 8th in saves (25).

 

Recent Games

New York Yankees

Opponent Score W/L
Boston 3-0 L
Boston 14-4 W
Boston 5-3 L
Cincinnati 8-4 L
Cincinnati 3-2 L

 

Tampa Bay Rays

Opponent Score W/L
Texas 13-2 L
Texas 4-3 L
Texas 3-0 L
Kansas City 10-8 W
Kansas City 4-2 L

 

Team Rankings

Category Yankees Rays
Hitting 21st 10th
Starting Pitching 24th 5th
Relief Pitching 5th 8th
Fielding 23rd 5th

 

Significant Betting Stats

  • Yankees are 5-5 in their last 10 games.
  • Rays are 7-3 in their last 10 games.
  • Yankees are 23-25 at home this season.
  • Rays are 25-19 on the road this season.
  • Yankees have a team ERA of 4.36 (24th in MLB).
  • Rays have a team ERA of 3.59 (5th in MLB).
  • Yankees are 20th in hits (706).
  • Rays are 10th in hits (761).
  • Yankees are 5th in saves (27).
  • Rays are tied for 8th in saves (25).

 

Weather

The game will be played indoors at Tropicana Field, so weather will not be a factor.

 

Prediction

Pick: Tampa Bay Rays Moneyline (+104)
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The Tampa Bay Rays have been the more consistent team this season, both in terms of pitching and hitting. Carlos Rodon has a slight edge over Ryan Pepiot in the starting pitching matchup, and the Rays' bullpen has been reliable despite recent injuries. The Yankees' inconsistent offense and fielding issues could prove costly against a well-rounded Rays team. Given the Rays' recent form and overall performance this season, they are a solid pick to win this game.

 

Bookmaker Information

Bookmaker: FanDuel
Market: h2h
Commence Time: July 9
Team 1: New York Yankees (Odds: -122)
Team 2: Tampa Bay Rays (Odds: +104)
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