Tampa Bay Rays’ Randy Arozarena celebrates his double off Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Vince Velasquez during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)
- The New York Yankees are -122 road favorites as they continue a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday, April 10th
- Tampa Bay has won 14 of 18 overall from the Yanks and eight of the last 10 played at Tropicana Field
- See the odds and runline for the game as well as a best bet, below
Neither of the last two AL East Division champions are off to roaring starts. Both the New York Yankees (2019) and Tampa Bay Rays (2020) are 3-4 for the 2021 MLB season.
However, the dominance of the Rays over the Yankees is continuing unsubsided. Friday’s 10-5 victory for Tampa Bay over the Yanks was the 14th recorded by the Rays in the last 18 games.
Nonetheless, oddsmakers are staying with the Yankees. New York is a -122 favorite as the two clubs meet again on Saturday. At Tropicana Field, Tampa Bay is 8-2 straight up through the past 10 games against the Yankees.
The first pitch for Saturday’s game is set for 1:10pm ET. Cool weather is in the forecast – 34 degrees, cloudy skies and 11 mph wind. The Yes Network and Bally Sports Sun are carrying the broadcast.
Yankees vs Rays Odds
|Team||Moneyline||Runline||Total at DraftKings|
|New York Yankees||-125||-1.5 (+125)||O 8.5 (-110)|
|Tampa Bay Rays||+108||+1.5 (-152)||U 8.5 (-110)|
Odds as of April 9th.
New York right fielder Aaron Judge, who has a history of rib and oblique injuries, missed Friday’s game with what the team is describing as side soreness.
— Marly Rivera (@MarlyRiveraESPN) April 9, 2021
However, Yankees manager Aaron Boone believes that his slugging outfielder should be back in the lineup for Saturday’s game.
New York was also without third baseman Gio Urshela. He was placed on the COVID-19 injured list due to side effects after receiving a vaccination. Left-handed pitcher Justin Wilson (left shoulder tightness) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list.
Tampa Bay placed right-handed pitcher Pete Fairbanks (right rotator strain) on the 10-day IL. He’s expected to be out for a month.
Archer Solid Against Yankees
One week ago, Chris Archer made his first appearance on the hill since August 20th, 2019 in relief of starter Rich Hill. He took the loss against the Miami Marlins. Archer allowed four runs – three of them earned – on four hits and a walk over two innings.
Despite the poor results in their first outings, Michael Wacha and Chris Archer displayed new and improved 4-seam fastballs. They both added a few inches of “rise” to their FBs while losing some arm-side run. This is ideal for pitching at the top of the zone pic.twitter.com/s8WQ69dK5k
— Rays Metrics (@RaysMetrics) April 6, 2021
Alarmingly, the velocity on his fastball was down to 90.8 mph. Archer was averaging 94.1 with his fastball in 2019 before undergoing surgery to relieve symptoms of neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS).
Yankees Career Stats vs Archer
The right-hander does show solid career numbers when on the bump facing the Yankees. He’s held the Bronx Bombers to a 3.14 ERA. That’s Archer’s third-lowest number against any team he’s faced at least 10 times.
Archer is 6-7 in 18 career starts against the Yanks. He’s checked New York hitters for a .216 batting average.
German Struggles In Return
Making his first start since September 18th, 2019, German stumbled badly against Toronto. He took the loss, lasting just three innings.
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) April 9, 2021
The Blue Jays took German deep twice during his 68-pitch outing.
Rays Career Stats vs German
German is 3-0 in five lifetime appearances against the Rays, four of which were starts. However, the rest of his numbers aren’t so wonderful.
German owns a 5.73 ERA against Tampa Bay and is allowing a .276 batting average.
Pick: Tampa Bay Rays (+108)
An industry veteran, Bob literally taught the course on the history of sports at Elder College. He has worked as a Sports Columnist for Postmedia, appeared as a guest on several radio stations, was the Vice President of the Society For International Hockey Research in Ontario, and written 25 books.