Opening MLB Lines on NY Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays

Posted by Daniel Strum on September 14, 2015 in

Until the numbers dictate that a division race is over, the team that is doing the chasing has to continue to find ways to put pressure on the leader. That is the situation that the New York Yankees and their MLB betting fans find themselves in, as they are now 3.5 games back of the Toronto Blue Jays. The Yankees will look to continue pressing when they head to Tampa Bay to face the Rays on Tuesday night.

Taking a Closer Look at the Opening MLB Lines on NY Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays & TV Info

Date/Time: Monday, September 14, 2015 7:10 PM ET
Venue: Tropicana Field
Radio: WFAN 660/101.9 FM, WADO 1280 (Sp.)

The race in the AL East is far from over, but the Yankees took a real blow to the chin after the events of last week. They stumbled into their critical series against the Blue Jays after dropping 2 of 3 to the Orioles, and then proceeded to drop the first 3 games against Toronto before avoiding the sweep on Sunday. They are still just 3.5 games back, and still have one more series against the Blue Jays to come, but given how Toronto is playing at the moment, you wouldn’t put a lot of money on New York making it back to the top before the season runs out.

The good news is that the Yankees look to have a Wild Card spot locked down, but let’s be honest, this was a division that looked dead just a few weeks ago when the Yankees had a 6.5 game lead. Adam Warren (6-6, 3.29 ERA) will come out of the bullpen and take Nathan Eovaldi’s spot in the starting rotation on Tuesday.

The Tampa Bay Rays (69-73) now find themselves involved in a race that they would rather not be in, which is to avoid finishing at the bottom of the AL East. It never looked as though that were a possibility, but the Boston Red Sox have found new life at the exact same time as the Rays have gone in the tank. The Rays are just 3-7 in their last 10 games, and all but 3 of the final games in the regular season are against the other teams in the AL East.

If I had to pick the final outcome of the race for the cellar, I would suggest that it will indeed be the Rays who end up on the bottom. They don’t have the bats to get themselves out of this slide, and will likely lose more than they win down the stretch. Jake Odorizzi (7-8, 3.21 ERA) will start for the Rays on Tuesday.

Key Betting Trends

  • NY Yankees is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
  • NY Yankees is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of NY Yankees’s last 9 games on the road
  • Tampa Bay is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 10 of Tampa Bay’s last 14 games at home

Consider This Before Placing Your Bet

This series represents a good opportunity for the Yankees to bounce back from the disappointment of last week. Even with Warren on the mound, I still think they can get the job done here.