New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays Odds and Picks (June 16, 2018)
Sometimes even the best betting websites can get ahead of the action. The New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays will meet on Saturday for the third game of their four-game series. Game 2 will take place on Friday. Or will have taken place by the time someone reads this. The Yanks took the first game 4-3. Domingo German picked up the win. Blake Ashton Snell took the loss. Aroldis Chapman made the save. The true hero of the day, though, was Gleyber Torres. The second baseman belted out a three-run homer in the fifth. One more highlight in a rookie season that has been full of high points. Snell tried to put a spell on Torres with 96 mph fast ball. It was, however, to no avail.
The Yankees entered Friday as -210 favorites to win the second game of the set. According to My Bookie.ag. One of the best betting websites there are. By this time tomorrow we will know whether the Bombers lived up to those odds. The Yankees have been having a great month of June. Especially on the road. But the best could be yet to come. The team’s managing partner Hal Steinbrenner has said that they “purposely left a decent amount of money just for this [getting a new pitcher].” Jacob de Grom’s name has been mentioned in that conversation. But that is, as they say, fantasy baseball. Cole Hamels, Madison Bumgarner, and Chris Archer are more realistic options. As well as expensive. Well, Hamels maybe not so much. Then again, Steinbrenner’s “decent amount” is more likely an indecently large quantity of money.
The Rays entered Friday as +175 underdogs according to the best betting websites. Tampa Bay saw a three-game winning streak come to an end on Thursday. All three of those wins came at the expense of the Toronto Blue Jays. On the plus side, the Rays broke a 100-year old MLB record. Six games in which their starting pitcher did not allow a hit. So that’s a moral victory? Maybe? Thursday’s loss was the sixth one-run loss for the Rays this month. And 18th this season. Clearly, their closers aren’t closing. And their hitters are squandering would-be runs. For instance, Carlos Gomez had a one-out double just to get thrown out trying to steal third in the seventh.
“I saw some signs that it would maybe work early,” Gomez said. “I thought it was going to be a slider, that’s why I took off. If I get it, it would be a really good chance to score.” As it turn s out, it was not a slider. Let’s all sing along to The Way ‘cause it was, in fact, a fastball. Gomez added he would make the same decision if he were in the same situation again. Well, at least someone learned something from The Butterfly Effect.
New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays Sportsbook Odds and Betting Information:
- Series: New York leads 1-0 as of Thursday
- Date: Saturday, June 16th
- Time: 11:05 AM
- Venue: Yankee Stadium
- Best online sportsbook odds: Click Here to Check the Lines
Betting trends (not counting Friday’s game)
- Tampa Bay is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
- Tampa Bay is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
- NY Yankees is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Tampa Bay
- NY Yankees is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Tampa Bay
- The total has gone UNDER in 7 of NY Yankees’s last 10 games when playing Tampa Bay
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay’s last 6 games on the road