The Tampa Bay Rays have a golden opportunity to gain ground on the New York Yankees when they meet Thursday in the final game of a three game series in the Bronx. Drew Rasmussen (5-3) gets the start for the Rays while Luis Severino (4-1) takes the mound for the first place Yankees. First pitch is at 7:05 PM. The Yankees took 2 out of 3 from the Rays earlier this season.
Rays looking to gain ground on YankeesThe Tampa Bay Rays sit in third place in the AL East, but they are in currently position for one of the wildcard spots. The Rays average 4.18 runs per game, which is 20th in the league. They are 24th in team batting average, 20th in home runs, and 24th in slugging percentage. Manuel Margot leads the Rays batting .311 with 3 home runs and 23 RBIs while Randy Arozarena is hitting .268 with 7 home runs and 31 RBIs.
Had to wait 20 minutes... but Ji-Man extends his hitting streak to 13 pic.twitter.com/90leX8dR6T— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) June 16, 2022
Drew Rasmussen gets the start for the Rays on Thursday. The right hander is 5-3 on the season with an ERA of 3.41 in 12 starts. Rasmussen got hammered in his last outing, a 9-4 loss to the Twins. He allowed 4 runs on 9 hits in 4.1 innings with 3 strikeouts and 2 walks. He allowed 2 home runs. In his career versus the Yankees, Rasmussen is 0-0 and has not allowed any runs on 2 hits with 3 strikeouts in 2.1 innings. The Rays have a team ERA of 3.21, which ranks 4th in baseball. The Rays bullpen has an ERA of 3.03, which is 6th best in baseball.
Yankees are a juggernautThe New York Yankees are an absolute juggernaut. They are the best team in baseball and are off to one of the best starts in their illustrious history. The Yankees average 5.07 runs per game, which is 3rd in the league. They are 10th in team batting average, 1st in home runs, and 2nd in slugging percentage. Aaron Judge is having an MVP caliber season, leading the Yankees batting .313 with 24 home runs and 48 RBIs while Giancarlo Stanton is hitting .273 with 13 home runs and 40 RBIs.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa saves a run by keeping the ball in the infield then starts an inning-ending double play and Gerrit Cole is PUMPED pic.twitter.com/4eVrURCLsJ— Talkin' Yanks (@TalkinYanks) June 15, 2022
Luis Severino gets the start for the Yankees on Wednesday. The right hander is 4-1 on the season with an ERA of 2,80 in 11 starts. Severino was lights out in his last outing, a 2-1 win over the Cubs in 13 innings. Severino got a no decision, but allowed just 1 run on 7 hits in 6 innings with 10 strikeouts and 1 walk. Severino is 0-1 against the Rays this season, giving up 4 runs on 2 hits with 2 walks and 8 strikeouts in 6.1 innings. In his career versus the Rays, Severino is 8-3 with an ERA of 3.33 and 94 strikeouts in 15 appearances. The Yankees have a team ERA of 2.81, which is the best in baseball. The Yankees bullpen has an ERA of 2.83, which ranks 2nd in baseball.
- Yankees are 4-0 in their last 4 during game 3 of a series.
- Yankees are 40-11 in their last 51 overall.
- Yankees are 17-5 in their last 22 vs. a team with a winning record.