New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays Betting Odds Preview, Trends

OddsShark.comFeatured ColumnistApril 17, 2014

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price, left, talks with catcher Jose Molina after Price gave up a solo home run to Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto in the ninth inning of a baseball game, Friday, April 11, 2014, in Cincinnati. Price was the winning pitcher in the game won by Tampa Bay 2-1. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
Al Behrman

The Tampa Bay Rays are 3-0 over their last three games against the New York Yankees.

They are a minus-165 favorite to make it four straight wins against their AL East foe on Thursday night in the first game of a four-game series, with the Yankees paying plus-145 as a road underdog.

After winning the first two games of its series against Cincinnati, Tampa Bay has hit a bit of a rut over its last three games with a loss in the series finale against Cincinnati and then two straight losses to Baltimore.

The Rays went 3-5 over their eight-game road trip and return home to face the Yankees with a 4-3 record at Tropicana field this season. David Price takes the mound with a 2.91 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP to go along with his 2-0 record.

He has also been enjoying a full two runs per game more in run support than Sabathia, according to new pitcher run support stats.

New York vs. Tampa Bay starts at 7:10 p.m. ET at Tropicana Field on Thursday night with more than 60 percent of the wagering public on the Rays, according to the Odds Shark's baseball consensus betting data.

The New York Yankees entered the second game of their double-header against Chicago on Wednesday on a three-game winning streak thanks to some outstanding pitching, allowing only six runs over those three games.

CC Sabathia's 21 strikeouts and 1.26 WHIP this season are respectable, but they come with a 1-2 record and a 6.63 ERA thanks in part to five home runs allowed over his first three starts. Sabathia is a notoriously slow starter with a 4.16 career ERA in April.

Despite the offensive profile of these two teams, the total has gone UNDER in four of the last five games between New York and Tampa Bay. In addition to being 3-0 over its last three games against the Yankees, Tampa Bay is 8-2 in its last 10 games against New York.

Considering CC Sabathia's current form, David Price has a clear edge in the pitching matchup. But the Rays have struggled on offense of late, averaging just 1.4 runs per game over their last nine games, making the Yankees a somewhat intriguing option on the moneyline as a plus-145 underdog if Sabathia can keep the ball in the park.