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Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees MLB Pick – June 18th

The MLB is set up for a solid night of action on Tuesday night. The Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees will be one of the top matchups for the night. Tampa Bay and New York have both put up strong records in the AL East this season, which should translate into a good game. This game will start at around 7:05 PM Eastern time on June 18.

Tampa Bay has put up a record of 43-29 to this point in the season, which puts them in second place of the AL East. The Rays have been doing extremely well this season and will look to try and gain on New York who is in the top spot of the division. Tampa Bay has lost five of their last seven games and needs to get back on a winning streak. The Rays will look to start that winning streak on the road on Tuesday night.

The Yankees are in the first place of the AL East this season with a record of 44-27 throughout the season so far. New York is trying to create more space between them and the Rays in the division. The Yankees have done just that in their last couple of games, winning three in a row. New York will look to make it four in a row with another win at home.

These two teams see plenty of each other through this season and so far, the Yankees have been the better team in the matchups. Tampa Bay will look to try and turn those tables with a win. This will be the second game of a three-game series between them. I expect another close game between the Rays and the Yankees again on Tuesday.

Previous Matchups

The first series of the season between the Rays and the Yankees was held between May 10-12 in Tampa Bay. The first game of the series was a tight one that was won by a two-run single by Gio Urshela in the top of the seventh to give New York a 4-3 win. The Rays dominated the second game of the series 7-2 as Yandy Diaz had four RBI’s. The third and final game swung the other way as New York won 7-1 to win the series 2-1.

The second series of the season shifted to New York on May 17-19. The Rays held a 3-1 lead going into the bottom of the ninth in the first game, but a walk-off single finished off the comeback as the Yankees won 4-3. The second game of the series was another close one as Austin Meadows hit a home run in the top off the eleventh to give Tampa Bay a 2-1 win. The Yankees dominated the third game though as they won 13-5 to take another series 2-1.

The first game of this series was on June 17 in New York. The Yankees had a two-run home run from D.J. LeMahieu in the bottom of the third and a solo home run from Cameron Maybin in the bottom of the eighth to give them a 3-0 win. Masahiro Tanaka pitched all nine innings, only allowing two hits and earning ten strikeouts to get the win.

The Yankees have put up an impressive 5-2 record against Tampa Bay throughout this season. These two teams are neck and neck in the division standings, and they should be closer record-wise against each other. New York has had the Rays number this season. I believe that Tampa Bay will look to change some things up in their game plan on Tuesday night to try and earn the victory on the road.

Batting

The Rays have had a lot of solid players throughout the season at hitting. Tommy Pham and Avisail Garcia both have over 70 hits, while Brandon Lowe, Austin Meadows, and Yandy Diaz all have over 60 hits. All five of those players also have double-digit home runs. Meadows leads the team in batting average with an impressive .314.

D.J. LeMahieu leads the Yankees in hits throughout this season with 83 hits. Gleyber Torres has 70 hits this season. Gary Sanchez has put up 20 home runs this season, while Luke Voit has earned 17 home runs. LeMahieu leads New York with a batting average of around .312. The Yankees are also expected to get Giancarlo Stanton back into the lineup on Tuesday night, which will be nice.

Tampa Bay has a more balanced team when it comes to hitting. The Yankees have some big hitters in their lineups through and with Stanton returning, he adds more firepower. New York is still without Aaron Judge, but he should be back soon. The Rays will want to take advantage of a lineup lacking Judge and a full strength Stanton.

Pitchers

I expect Ryan Yarbrough to get the nod on the mound on Tuesday night for Tampa Bay. Yarbrough has only started four games this season, but has played ten games. He has put up an ERA of 5.59 with a WHIP of 1.076 this season. He averages around 6.3 strikeouts

J.A. Happ will start for the Yankees at Pitcher on Tuesday. Happ has a record of 6-3 this season in 14 games started. He has an ERA of 4.66 and a WHIP of 1.195. He averages around 7.3 strikeouts per nine innings. Happ will look to earn another victory with a good performance on Tuesday against Tampa Bay.

Both pitchers could be putting up some better numbers throughout the season but will look to earn a win. Yarbrough has a record of 5-3 in comparison to Happ’s 6-3 this season. These two pitchers may not have the greatest numbers, but they have found ways to win games this season and they will look to do it again.

Pick Overview

The Yankees have found ways to knock off Tampa Bay throughout this season so far. I believe that the Rays will find a way to pull off a win on Tuesday though. Tampa Bay has a good balance in their lineup, and they will look for it to attack the Yankees pitching from a bunch of different angles. The Rays will need a good night from Yarbrough, but if they can get it, I believe they pull off the road upset.

The Yankees are listed as a -145 against the money line on BetOnline for Tuesday’s game. This implies that New York will win this game around 59.2 percent of the time. The Rays are a better team than is implied in these odds. Tampa Bay has struggled a bit, but I believe that they come out with a few changes on Tuesday to try and turn things around with a win.

My Pick
TAMPA BAY RAYS
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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