The New York Yankees made us sweat it out on Tuesday night, but they captured the series opener against the Tampa Bay Rays thanks to some clutch hitting and gutsy pitching.
Jordan Montgomery went five scoreless, Gio Urshela ripped a two-run double, Ryan LaMarre added a much-needed insurance run with a solo blast in the top of the eighth, and Aroldis Chapman slammed the door on a 4-3 victory. Whew.
Then, after the win, the Yankees made a trade to clear roster spots! What’s next?! Wild times, indeed.
Aaron Judge is back. The Yankees are 52-47. The trade deadline is this Friday. Could this be the beginning of a winning stride everyone’s been dying to see?
We won’t fool ourselves into thinking that just yet, but here’s the betting preview for tonight’s game so we can get an idea of what’s to come.
What Time is the Yankees Game Today?
The Yankees face the Rays at 7:10 PM EST on Wednesday night in the second of three contests.
What Channel is the Yankees Game on Today?
This game will be broadcast on ESPN, but will likely be blacked out if you’re in the New York Tri-State area or greater Tampa Bay area. In that case, you can catch the action on the YES Network (NY) or Bally Sports Sun (TB).
Yankees vs Rays Odds Today
Thanks to our friends at WynnBET, we’ve got action, and we’ve got it early.
The Yankees are +104 on the moneyline (bet $100 to win $104) and will be underdogs for the second night in a row. The Rays are the favorite, sitting at -125 (bet $125 to win $100). The books think this one is evenly matched, let’s just say.
As for the over/under, the number has been set at 8.5. If you want the over and believe nine runs or more will be scored, the line there is -120 (bet $120 to win $100). The under is +100, or what we like to call “even money” (bet $100 to win $100).
Yankees vs Rays Pitching Matchup
This one will feature Nestor Cortes Jr. (0-0, 1.95 ERA) taking the bump for the Bombers and Michael Wacha (2-2, 5.16 ERA) toeing the rubber for the Rays. Unfortunately for the Yanks, Cortes Jr. doesn’t have a good track record against the Rays. For his career (five games, 11.1 innings), he owns a 5.56 ERA and 1.59 WHIP.
Then again, the left-hander is having a career year so far, so that could easily change on Wednesday night. He’s been among the go-to guys on the pitching staff in 2021 when the rest of the team has fallen on hard times. Cortes’ first bad outing of the year came over the weekend against the Red Sox, his first since being activated from the COVID-19 IL (he hadn’t pitched in two weeks).
As for Wacha, he’s faced the Yankees twice already this year, both times back in April. The Rays are 1-1 in those contests, but the right-hander impressively tossed 10 innings in those two outings, allowing just three earned runs on four hits and five walks while striking out 14.
He’s been the definition of mediocre over the last month and a half, but the Rays have somehow won six of his last seven starts.
Yankees Starting Lineup
Brett Gardner batting ahead of Gio Urshela. Gotcha!
Yankees vs Rays Prediction Today
The Yankees used their heavy bullpen hitters on Tuesday and then traded Luis Cessa and Justin Wilson after the game. It doesn’t seem like this one’s lining up for them unless they get an absolute gem from Cortes, which is unlikely given his recent two-week layoff.
Unless the offense decides to wake up and tattoo Wacha in the early going to provide some padding for the pitching staff, we don’t see the Yankees coming out victorious. After all, how many times have they gotten after the starter early this year? Twice? Three times?
We’ll take the 5-3 loss on Wednesday with Gerrit Cole taking the bump for the series finale on Thursday.
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