The Tampa Bay Rays will try and gain ground on the New York Yankees as the teams meet on Saturday night in a baseball betting game that can be seen on the MLB Network. It will be the first start for Tampa Bay pitcher Matt Garza since throwing the first no-hitter in team history on Monday against Detroit. The Yankees are expected to send Javier Vazquez to the mound on Saturday.
SBG Global current line: Rays – 116, Total 8.5 Flat
Vazquez is 9-7 on the season for New York with a 4.54 ERA. He has pitched very well of late, going 2-0 with a 3.32 ERA in his last three starts. He has just been average against Tampa Bay though, as in the last ten seasons he is 5-5 against them with a 4.91 ERA.
Garza is 11-5 on the betting season with a 4.06 ERA. He walked one and struck out six as he threw the first no-hitter in Tampa Bay history on Monday against a depleted Detroit Tigers lineup. He will get a much tougher test on Saturday night against the Yankees. Garza is 1-3 in his career against the Yankees with a 3.26 ERA and the Rays are 0-6 in his last 6 starts vs. New York.
The Yankees have been playing very well on the road lately. They are 16-5 in their last 21 road games. The Yankees are 6-2 in their last 8 road games vs. a right-handed starter and the Yankees are 4-1 in Vazquez’s last 5 road starts.
The Rays are 10-1 in their last 11 home betting games. The Rays are 16-5 in their last 21 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Rays are 5-1 in Garza’s last 6 starts and the Rays are 19-7 in Garza’s last 26 home starts.
Baseball betting stats for the total indicate that the Under is 6-2 in the Yankees last 8 road games. The Under is 4-1 in Vazquez’s last 5 road starts. The Under is 6-1-1 in the Rays last 8 overall. The Over is 6-2-1 in Garza’s last 9 starts overall. Before yesterday’s game, the Over was 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between the two teams in Tampa Bay and 10 of the last 11 had gone over the total.