If you take a look at the AL East standings right now, you might be excused for thinking that you were looking at the division upside down. The Orioles, who are the MLB lines pick of many to win the division, are on the bottom, while the New York Yankees, a favorite to be the cellar dweller, sit atop the standings. Things will likely change as the season progresses, and the 3-game set between the Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays may help set those changes in motion.
New York Yankees vs Tampa Bay Rays MLB Lines AnalysisDate: Tuesday, April 28, 2015Time: 7:05PMVenue: Yankee StadiumOpening Line: Yankees -128
Alex Rodriguez hits his 659th career home run. A-Rod is now 1 shy of Willie Mays for 4th all-time.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 27, 2015The Yankees (11-8) are one of the biggest surprises in all of baseball right now. It was widely expected that they would struggle to compete all year, and a 3-6 start to the season made that prediction seem spot on. They have turned things around in a big way, though, and are getting some unexpected production from Alex Rodriguez. He is not the only pleasant surprise, as Mark Texeira, whose bat is usually stone cold in April, has been hitting the ball all over the yard. If the Yankees can get Brian McCann to wake up his bat, they might have a shot of sticking around. Chase Whitley will get his first start of the season for the Yankees on Tuesday night. He played 24 games for the Yankees in his rookie season last year, going 4-3 with a 5.23 ERA.The Tampa Bay Rays (11-8) will be looking to get some sweet revenge in this series, as they were swept by the Yankees just a couple of weeks ago. They lost to the Red Sox right after that sweep, but then turned things around to go on a 5-game winning streak, which is where they are right now. They have been getting some great pitching and defense in the past 4 games, giving up just 7 runs during that stretch. A win in this series could put the Rays on top of the division, albeit with the vast majority of the season still to play.Tampa will send young Jake Odorizzi (2-1, 1.65 ERA) to the mound on Tuesday, and will be hoping that he can continue with his hot hand. Odorizzi was desperately unlucky to not get his third win of the season against the Red Sox, as he pitched a gem in a no-decision.