The 2022 MLB season goes on Wednesday, June 22, with the AL East showdown at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, so we have prepared the best Yankees vs. Rays betting pick along with the latest odds update on Caesars NY.
New York and Tampa wrap up their three-game set in Florida, and the Yankees hope to extend their dominance over the Rays. Back on Monday, the Yanks outlasted the Rays 4-2 as -145 road favorites to get their fourth straight victory over Tampa.
The Yankees continue to torture their rivals
The New York Yankees carried the MLB-best 50-17 record into the middle game of this series, which has been excluded from the analysis. The Bombers are enjoying a wonderful season, leading the majors in home runs (111), OPS (.770), and runs scored per game (5.13). They’ve dropped only two of their previous 19 games overall.
Jordan Montgomery will toe the slab Wednesday in St. Petersburg, searching for his third straight win. Last Friday, Montgomery held the powerful Blue Jays lineup to two earned runs across six innings while punching out five.
Montgomery is 3-1 with a strong 2.72 ERA and 0.95 WHIP in 13 starts (72.2 innings) this season. The 29-year-old southpaw has allowed two or fewer runs in each but one of his previous 12 appearances. He’s 2-0 with a sharp 2.50 ERA in four career starts at Tropicana Field.
The Rays need more from their offense
The Tampa Bay Rays fell to 36-31 on the season following Monday’s defeat to the Yankees. They also dropped to the fourth spot in the AL East, trailing the third-placed Boston Red Sox by half a game. The Rays were two games behind the Toronto Blue Jays and 14 off the Yankees.
Tampa Bay desperately needs more from its offense. The Rays have accounted for 46 runs over their previous 13 outings while slashing a poor .231/.286/.342. They’ve also racked up a miserable .588 OPS in the last six outings.
Shane Baz will toe the rubber Wednesday and make his third appearance of the season. After yielding five earned runs across just 2.1 innings of work in his season debut against the Minnesota Twins, the 23-year-old righty threw six shutout frames in a no-decision against the Baltimore Orioles this past Friday.
- 17-2 in the last 19 games overall
- 5-0 in Jordan Montgomery’s last five starts
- 2-8 in the last ten games overall
- 2-7 in the last nine games against the Yankees
New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays Pick
Shane Baz is the No. 1 prospect for the Rays, but it’s hard to trust the talented youngster in this tough matchup with the Bombers. New York’s lineup has been ridiculous so far this season, and it’s not showing signs of slowing down.
On the other side, the Rays have been awful at the plate lately. Hereof, I have to go with the Yankees, who have won six of their first eight meetings with the Rays in 2022.
Pick: Take New York Yankees
Tropicana Field is a pitcher-friendly ballpark. Both New York and Tampa Bay can rely on their relievers, so it’s hard to expect a high-scoring affair. In the last ten days, the Yankees’ bullpen has recorded a 3.34 ERA, while the Rays’ bullpen has posted a 2.01 ERA.
Six of the previous seven encounters between the Yankees and Rays have gone under the total. Also, only one of their last nine meetings has produced more than seven runs in total.
Pick: Go under