The New York Yankees take on the Tampa Bay Rays in the second game of a three-game set at Tropicana Field. The Yankees pulled out a 4-2 win on Monday night plating two in the 9th inning after Tampa had stormed back to tie the game an inning prior. New York currently owns a cushy 11.5-game buffer atop the AL East with the best record in baseball. Nestor Cortes gets the ball Tuesday night for the Yanks, while Tampa's starter remains TBD. First pitch is at 7:10 PM EST.
Yankees a Winning MachineAfter blowing a lead in the 8th inning Monday night, the Yankees displayed their grit, answering the bell with a rally of their own in the 9th to capture the opener and extended their dominating AL East lead. This versatile squad does a little bit of everything, making them incredibly difficult to beat on a nightly basis. They rank first in baseball averaging better than 5.1 runs per game and lead the league with a .772 OPS. They are hitting the most home runs of any team averaging a devastating 1.66 dingers per contest.
What has set this Yankee team apart from seasons past is the way they have pitched. New York ranks first in runs allowed (2.98), opposing BA (.212), and opposing OPS (.610). Nestor Cortes has been a central part of the pitching turnaround entering Tuesday with a 6-2 record and spotless 1.94 ERA. He pitched against these same Rays his last time out tossing 5.1 innings of one-run ball while yielding just three hits.
Rays Look to Bounce BackAfter a spirited comeback fell short on Monday night the Rays will need to have a short memory as they take to the diamond Tuesday night. 2022 has been a far cry from their 100+ win campaign a season ago as they have seen their offensive production dry up. Tampa Bay ranks a dismal 25th in runs scored averaging just a touch over 4 runs per game. The team is hitting a collective .233 which ranks 24th with a team OPS of .668 which ranks 26th. Key injuries and disappointing performances have taken their toll to this point. Can they right the ship?
Tampa Bay's pitching has been predictably brilliant once again ranking inside the top-five in most metrics. The club is allowing roughly 3.8 runs per game while holding teams to a .222 average and .647 OPS. With no starter announced, we will likely see a heavy bullpen game on Tuesday, a strategy the Rays invented a few years ago that has since been popularized by the rest of the league.
- The Rays are 1-6 in their last seven games
- The under is 4-1 in the Rays last five games
- The Yankees are 10-1 in their last 11 games