If you like baseball betting at the highest level of competition than there is no other MLB odds matchup for you this week than the series between the Tampa Rays (54-34) and the New York Yankees (56-32). This series will have a major impact on the hotly contested AL East baseball betting division race and every win will be crucial as these teams fight for a spot in the MLB playoff betting action.
This will be the first series for the Yankees in 4 decades that George Steinbrenner will not be the owner of the storied franchise. ‘The Boss’ passed away during the All Star break and there will certainly be a charged emotional atmosphere at the New Yankee Stadium.
But MLB betting matchups are won and lost on the diamond and the home field advantage can only go so far in impacting the outcome of a baseball betting outcome. Far more significant in terms of affecting the outcome of this MLB odds matchup will be the pitching.
Both of these clubs are blessed with tremendous starting pitching but neither will be sending any their aces to the mound which should leave some room for hitters to do some damage in his game.
Tampa will start the quietly impressive Jeff Neiman (7-2, ERA 2.77) who has pitched brilliantly for the most part this baseball betting season but can’t seem to get any run support –at least at home. On the road Neiman has won 4 of his past 6 starts.
The Yankees will start struggling AJ Burnett (7-7, 4.75 ERA) who despite winning his last MLB betting start has struggled mightily the past two months. Before his July 7th win, he’d lost 6 straight starts. If he falters early you can be sure the Rays strong lineup will bury him.
But the Yankees have plenty of fire power in their bazillion dollar lineup as well and Neiman will need to throw some quality stuff if the Rays are going to win this matchup. And most likely he will. Neiman has been one of the most efficient pitchers in a pitching rich AL East and will get the win for the Rays.