The New York Yankees might be one of the hottest teams in the American League, but they certainly didn’t look like it against the Tampa Bay Rays, as their rivals from central Florida silenced their bats for a good chunk of the game.
The Yankees lost 4-3, and while the decision to lean on Domingo German and Albert Abreu in the ninth inning was an egregious one by Aaron Boone, the Yankees were given chances to pull away on offense against Tampa’s loaded bullpen, and they never took them.
The team’s grip on the top wild-card spot is slipping, and with the Red Sox, Blue Jays, and Mariners all within one game of making that final spot, these next two games will be the most important ones of the entire season for the squad.
Will the Yankees take down the AL East champions and start to assert themselves as the premier Wild Card team in the league? Or will Tampa take down their rivals once again?
What Time is the Yankees Game Today?
First pitch from Yankee Stadium is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. EST.
What Channel is the Yankees Game on Today?
Saturday’s game will be broadcast on the YES Network for the locals, while folks located in the Tampa area should tune in to Bally Sports Sun. MLB Network will carry the game nationally.
Yankees vs Rays Odds Today
According to our friends at WynnBET, the Yankees are -135 favorites on the moneyline (bet $135 to win $100), whereas the Rays check-in at +125 (bet $100 to win $125). On the run line, the Yanks are +140 to win by two or more runs. The Rays, meanwhile, are -165 to either win outright or lose by just one run.
The over/under is set at nine runs, with New York getting -120 odds to cover.
Yankees Pitcher Today
Jordan Montgomery (6-6, 3.49) will start for the Bombers today, as the tall southpaw looks to throw up some zeros against a dangerous Rays team. Montgomery has a 3.18 ERA in five starts against Tampa this year, picking up three of his six wins in the process.
The Rays will retort with Shane Baz (2-0, 1.69). Baz was a former No. 12 overall pick by the Pirates before Pittsburgh foolishly included him, Austin Meadows, and Tyler Glasnow in the Chris Archer trade. Baz has an upper 90s fastball and lethal breaking ball, and his stuff has looked legit through two starts.
Yankees Starting Lineup
Yankees vs Rays Prediction Today
The Yankees floundered against Tampa, but this could be the game in which they finally shut up all of the haters and clinch a spot in the postseason. With a rookie in Baz standing in their way, expect one or two big blasts from the heart of the order as New York barely squeaks out a win.
Yankees 4, Rays 3.
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