Yankees Vs Rays: MLB Betting Lines, Stats And Predictions – April 18, 2021

Posted By PlayPicks Staff on April 18, 2021

The Tampa Bay Rays (7-8) will look to close out the series sweep as the take a 2-0 lead into their final matchup against the New York Yankees (5-9) at 1:05 PM ET on Sunday from Yankee Stadium. The Yankees are favored (-265) by oddsmakers to prevent the sweep and pick up their first win of the series. New York’s Gerrit Cole and Tampa Bay’s Andrew Kittredge have been named the starters for this contest.

The betting insights and predictions in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of April 18, 2021, 2:00 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to place a bet at DraftKings.

Yankees vs Rays Betting Lines

Yankees Betting Insights

  • The Yankees have been favorites in 13 games this season and won five (38.5%) of those contests.
  • New York has played as a favorite of -265 or more once this season and won that game.
  • The oddsmakers’ moneyline implies a 69.9% chance of a victory for the Yankees.
  • In their last 10 games with a total, the Yankees and their opponents have combined to hit the over six times.

Yankees Last 10 Games Trend

Stat Avg/Total
Record 3-7
Runs Per Game 3.8
HR 11
ERA 4.45
K/9 11.8

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Rays Betting Insights

  • The Rays have been chosen as underdogs in seven games this year and have walked away with the win five times (71.4%) in those games.
  • Tampa Bay has yet to play a game this season with longer moneyline odds than +220.
  • The moneyline set for this matchup implies the Rays have a 30.1% chance of walking away with the win.
  • When it comes to the total, the Rays and their foes are 7-3 in their previous 10 contests.

Rays Last 10 Games Trend

Stat Avg/Total
Record 5-5
Runs Per Game 4.3
HR 11
ERA 3.96
K/9 9.6

Rays Probable Pitcher – Andrew Kittredge

  • Kittredge takes the mound for his first start of the season for the Rays.
  • The 31-year-old right-hander has pitched out of the bullpen four times this season.
  • The Yankees have totaled the 24th-most runs in the league (53) this season and are batting .217 while hitting 15 home runs (20th in the league).
  • Kittredge and his team had a 1-1 record in the two games he pitched when they were the moneyline underdog a season ago.
  • Pitchers reflected above are based on projections as of April 18, 2021 at 2:13 AM ET and may not be the pitchers at game time.

Yankees Hitting Splits

Split Record
Overall 5-9
Home 3-5
Road 2-4
vs LHP (Starters) 1-4
vs RHP (Starters) 4-5
Day Games 0-2
Night Games 5-7

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Yankees Probable Pitcher – Gerrit Cole

  • Cole (2-0) will take the mound for the Yankees, his fourth start of the season.
  • The right-hander gave up one earned run and allowed three hits in six innings pitched against the Blue Jays on Monday.
  • The 30-year-old ranks ninth in ERA (1.47), 14th in WHIP (.820), fifth in strikeouts (29), and fourth in K/9 (14.20) among qualified pitchers in the majors this year.
  • When he starts a game and his team is the favorite on the moneyline, they have a record of 2-1.
  • Pitchers reflected above are based on projections as of April 18, 2021 at 2:13 AM ET and may not be the pitchers at game time.

Rays Hitting Splits

Split Record
Overall 7-8
Home 3-4
Road 4-4
vs LHP (Starters) 1-2
vs RHP (Starters) 6-6
Day Games 1-0
Night Games 6-8

Yankees Hitting Stats

  • The Yankees average 1.1 home runs per game to rank 20th in MLB play with 15 total home runs .
  • The Yankees are 3-2 this season in games when they send out at least two homers.
  • New York has 11 home runs over the last 10 games.
  • The Yankees bring a four-game losing streak into this matchup, over which the team is batting .176 and averaging 3.0 runs per game.
  • DJ LeMahieu has been key for New York with 15 hits, an OBP of .383 plus a slugging percentage of .423.
  • Aaron Judge is slugging .553 this season, with a team-best four homers while driving in eight runs.

Rays Hitting Stats

  • The Rays’ 16 home runs rank 16th in Major League Baseball.
  • They have averaged 1.0 home runs per game in their eight road contests this season.
  • Tampa Bay has 11 homers over its last 10 games.
  • Joey Wendle has driven in a team-best 10 runs batted in.
  • Manuel Margot has two doubles, a triple, two home runs and four walks while batting .279.

Game Prediction

Moneyline Pick: Rays (+220)

Over/Under Pick: Over (8)

Predictions are calculated by a data-driven algorithm derived from offensive performance metrics and probable starting pitchers.

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