Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees MLB Pick – June 15

The MLB is set with another great slate of baseball throughout Wednesday. Fifteen games are up on the board throughout June 15. One of these games will be between the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees. These two teams have been strong on the season and will look for a big win. This game will throw the first pitch at around 7:05 PM Eastern time.

Tampa Bay has earned a record of 35-26 throughout this season, which has them sitting in third place of the AL East. The Rays are coming off a loss in their last game and have lost three of their last four. Tampa Bay is one game back on the second seeded Toronto Blue Jays, but are in a wild card spot. The Rays will look to bounce back on the road in this one.

The Yankees have put up a record of 45-16 so far on the season, which has them in first place of the AL East. New York has won five games in a row and twelve of their last thirteen. The Yankees have a nine game lead on the division and will look to continue to build that lead. New York will look for another fast start at home in this one.

These two teams have been strong throughout this season and will look for a big win on Wednesday night. The Rays have struggled a bit as of late, but will look to get back on track. New York will look to remain red hot with another big divisional win. If either team can come out fast, it could be enough for the win in this one.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Tampa Bay Rays +1 ½ (-185) +117 Over 7 (+110)
New York Yankees -1 ½ (+160) -140 Under 7 (-130)

 

Team Data Tampa Bay Rays New York Yankees
Overall Record 35-26 45-16
Away/ Home Record 14-13 27-7
Batting Average .232 .249
Batting Average Away/ Home .234 .252
ERA 3.21 2.81
ERA Away/ Home 3.71 2.54

Betting Trends

Tampa Bay Rays

  • 7-5 in June games
  • 8-1 when playing on Wednesday
  • 10-7 against divisional opponents
  • 20-17 in night games
  • 9-6 against left handed starters
  • 3-0 after getting shut out
  • 15-10 after a loss
  • 15-14 against team with a winning record

New York Yankees

  • 11-1 in June games
  • 5-3 when playing on Wednesday
  • 20-10 against divisional opponents
  • 30-10 in night games
  • 15-5 against left handed starters
  • 6-3 after shutting out opponent
  • 33-12 after a win
  • 18-5 after three or more straight wins
  • 17-6 against team with a winning record

These two teams have met up five times on the season. Aaron Judge had two RBI’s in the first two games as New York won the first two games 7-2 and 2-0. Tampa Bay’s pitching was great over the next two as the Rays earned 3-1 and 4-1 wins. Gerrit Cole pitched six innings and gave up five hits in Tuesday’s tilt as the Yankees earned a 2-0 win.

Offense

The Rays have struggled a bit at the plate on the season. Tampa Bay has a BA of .232, which is 24th in the MLB. The Rays have put up a .296 on base percentage, which is 26th in the league. Tampa Bay has an OPS of .671, which is 26th in the MLB. The Rays have hit .257 against left handers this season, which is 8th in the league.

New York has been solid hitting the ball throughout this season. The Yankees have posted a .249 batting average, which is 10th in the league. New York has an OBP of .327, which is 3rd in the MLB. The Yankees have earned a .765 OPS, which is 1st in the league. New York has a BA of .245, which is 15th in the league this season.

The Yankees have been the better team hitting the ball overall, but Tampa Bay has found some success against lefties on the season. The Rays will look to step up at the plate, especially after getting shut out on Tuesday night. New York will look to get their bats going as well though early. If either pitcher can come out strong, it could be enough for the win.

Pitching Preview

I expect Shane McClanahan to get the start on the mound for Tampa Bay in this one. McClanahan has started in 12 games this season, going 7-2 in those matchups. He has posted a 1.87 ERA and a WHIP of 0.857 in those games. McClanahan pitched eight innings in his last start against the St. Louis Cardinals, giving up two hits and no earned runs in the win.

Nestor Cortes will likely get the nod at pitcher for the Yankees on Wednesday night. Cortes has earned a record of 5-2 throughout his 11 starts. He has put up an ERA of 1.96 and a 0.917 WHIP in his starts. Cortes gave up seven hits and four runs through four and a third innings in his last start against the Minnesota Twins in the loss.

These two pitchers have been great throughout this season and will look to step up early. Both teams have had strong bullpens as well on the season. The Rays bullpen has a combined ERA of 3.03, which is 6th in the MLB. New York’s relievers have earned a 2.83 ERA, which is 2nd in the league this season.

Pick Overview

These two teams will look for a big win as they meet up on Wednesday night. Tampa Bay is coming off a shut out loss on Tuesday to the Yankees, but have their ace on the mound in this one. The Rays will also look to continue to find success against left handers thai season. If Tampa Bay can continue to attack Cortes early, I think they can earn the win.

Bovada has New York listed as a -140 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Yankees will win this game around 58.3 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to even with both teams having great pitchers starting. If McClanahan can give Tampa Bay a strong start, they could earn the win. As underdogs, I like the value on the Rays.

The Bet
Tampa Bay Rays
+117
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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