The two best teams in the baseball betting league begin a three-game series on Friday in New York as the Yankees host the Tampa Bay Rays. The pitching matchup favors the Yankees on Friday since they will have CC Sabathia while the Rays go with James Shields.
SBG Global Current Line: Yankees - 171, Total 8.5 Flat.
The Rays have the best road record in all of baseball betting so they are capable of winning at New York. The problem on Friday could be their starting pitcher. Shields is 7-9 on the season with a 4.87 ERA. He has lost eight of his last nine starts overall and has allowed 19 home runs which is second most in the American League. He is 2-7 with a 5.54 ERA in 11 career starts against the Yankees.
Sabathia has been excellent again this season for New York. He is 12-3 with a 3.09 ERA. He has been virtually untouchable lately as in his last three starts he is 3-0 with a 1.19 ERA. He has owned the Rays in his career as he is 8-3 with a 2.97 ERA against them. Sabathia has won eight straight overall and has not lost since May 23rd.
The pitching matchup definitely favors New York but the Rays do have some positive numbers in other areas. They are 8-1 in their last 9 overall. They are 4-1 in their last 5 road games. The Rays are 10-3 in their last 13 road mlb betting games vs. a left-handed starter. The Rays are 19-7 in their last 26 vs. the American League East. The problem for Tampa is that they are 1-8 in Shields’ last 9 starts.
The Yankees are 44-12 in their last 56 home games vs. a right-handed starter. The Yankees are 53-22 in their last 75 vs. the American League East.
The Yankees are 16-5 in Sabathia’s last 21 home starts.
Looking at the total, the Over is 5-1 in the Rays last 6 road games. The Over is 4-0 in Shields’ last 4 starts overall. The Under is 8-3 in the Yankees last 11 home games. The Under is 4-1 in Sabathia’s last 5 starts overall. The Over is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings between the two teams.