2021-04-18
Tampa Bay Rays
New York Yankees
League : MLB

New York Yankees vs Tampa Bay Rays Prediction & Preview



 

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The Tampa Bay Rays will be going for the series sweep when they play the New York Yankees in the final game of their three-game series on Sunday afternoon. The Rays are coming off a 6-3 win over the Yankees in their last game.

Ryan Yarbrough, 0-2, 6.48 ERA, will get the start for Tampa Bay. New York will counter with Gerrit Cole, 2-0, 1.47 ERA.

Tampa Bay is 7-3in its last 10 games against New York.

 

Rays Trying To Get Back To .500

The Rays are off to a slow start and are currently third in the AL East with a 7-8 record, three games behind the division-leading Boston Red Sox. They will try to even up their record with a win over the Yankees, which will give them their third win in a row and the series sweep.

 

Tampa Bay is averaging 4.14 runs per game. Their .225 batting average is 18th in the league. Their .312 on base percentage is 16th, while their .371 slugging percentage is 21st in the league.

Joey Wendle leads Tampa Bay with a .319 batting average and 10 RBI, while Austin Meadows leads the team with three home runs.

Tampa Bay’s pitching hasn’t been good. Opponents have a .260 batting average against the Rays, which is 27th in the league. Their 4.65 ERA is 22nd, while their 1.30 WHIP is 17th in the league.

In his last start, Yarbrough gave up 10 hits and six runs in six innings, leading to an 8-3 loss to Texas. They will need a better performance from him if they want to win this game.

 

Yankees Trying To Snap Four-Game Losing Streak

The Yankees struggled over the past week and come into this game on a four-game losing streak. They will try to snap their losing streak with a win over the Rays, which will give them their third win in their last 10 games.

 

 

New York is averaging 3.85 runs per game. Their .222 batting average is 22nd in the league. Their .306 on base percentage is 21st, while their .360 slugging percentage is 28th in the league.

DJ LeMahieu leads the team with a .288 batting average. Aaron Judge leads the team with four home runs, while Giancarlo Stanton leads the team with 11 RBI.

New York’s pitching has been better than the team’s offense. Opponents have a .231 batting average against the Yankees, which is 14th in the league. Their 3.46 batting average is ninth, as is their 1.17 WHIP.

In his last start, Cole gave up three hits and one run in six innings, leading to a 3-1 win over Toronto. They will need another solid start from him if they want to get the win.





 






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