In an AL East matchup between the two top teams, the Yankees look to take over the division while the Rays hope to extend their lead to 1.5 games. Both teams are off to solid starts and have real playoff hopes. This is a huge series for the two teams hoping to establish dominance early in the season, so look for some fireworks in these next couple of games.
Moneyline – NYY +131, TB -141
O/U – 8 (O -115, U +100)
Runline – NYY +1.5 (-160), TB -1.5 (+140)
First Pitch – 6:10 pm ET Tropicana Field, Tampa, FL
Everybody knows about the Yankees’ injury issues—the amazing (and scary) thing is that despite their Injured List looking like an opening day lineup, the Yanks are still one of the best teams in the majors. Just think what they might do when their big boys come back. On the other side of the ball, CC Sabathia will be making his first start since he recorded his 3,000th strikeout. With an ERA of 3.20, is he content to settle with his accomplishment, or does he come out firing the rest of the season? I’d like to see CC go on a tear, and there’s no better way to set a tone for the rest of the season than against a solid division rival.
The Rays have easily been the best pitching team in the AL so far, leading the league in ERA (2.87) by almost an entire run. Their lineup is electric with Blake Snell, Charlie Morton, and the outstanding Tyler Glasnow. They’ve also got a powerful offense led by Tommy Pham and Brandon Lowe. Gimmicky (yet effective) opener and shifting strategies aside, Tampa Bay is truly one of the most exciting teams in 2019. Speaking of openers, their starter for tonight is one: Ryne Stanek (2.50 ERA) has started 9 games this year and pitched only 18 innings. Despite their hot start, the Rays have work to do in preparation for the unstoppable armies marching South from Boston and New York. It remains to be seen whether Tampa’s fire-breathing dragons (sorry, I mean pitchers—big Game of Thrones episode tonight on the brain) can slow down the Yankees.
Analysis & Prediction
The Yankees won 4-3 last night, handing Glasnow his first loss of the season. Yankees are 10-6 on the road this year and coming off a good win. With C.C. on the mound after his milestone accomplishment last time out, I like New York at +131 and the under.