Yankees vs. Rays Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets - Friday, May 12, 2023

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Yankees vs. Rays Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Friday, May 12, 2023

MLB Predictions

The New York Yankees will take the field against the Tampa Bay Rays (30-9) on Friday. The game begins at 7:05 PM ET on MLB Network, with the Yankees listed as -178 favorites on the moneyline.

Gerrit Cole will get the ball for New York while Tampa Bay will counter with Trevor Kelley.

Yankees vs. Rays Odds

  • Yankees odds to win: -178
  • Rays odds to win: +152
  • Spread: Yankees -1.5
  • Total: 8.5 runs

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Game Time and Information

  • Date: Friday, May 12, 2023
  • Time: 7:05 PM ET
  • TV: MLB Network

Who Will Win Yankees vs. Rays?

Yankees and Rays Betting Trends

The Yankees have won 63.3% of the games this season when they were the moneyline favorite (19-11).

In games it has played as moneyline favorites with odds of -178 or shorter, New York has a 5-1 record (winning 83.3% of its games).

This season, the Rays have won two out of the three games in which they’ve been the underdog.

Tampa Bay has not been a bigger underdog this season than the +152 moneyline set for this game.

The Yankees have had an over/under set by bookmakers 39 times, and have combined with opponents to go over the total in 16 of those games (16-22-1).

So far this season, the Rays and their opponents have hit the over in 20 of their 39 games with a total.

Yankees Stats & Insights

The Yankees rank 11th in runs scored with 170, 4.4 per game.

New York ranks fifth in MLB action with 51 home runs. They average 1.3 per game.

The Yankees are 24th in MLB with a .232 batting average.

New York strikes out eight times per game to rank 10th in the majors.

The Yankees pitching staff ranks sixth in the majors with a collective 9.4 strikeouts per nine innings.

New York has the eighth-ranked team ERA across all MLB pitching staffs (3.68).

Rays Stats & Insights

The Rays lead MLB with 239 runs scored this season.

Tampa Bay has hit 76 homers to lead Major League Baseball this season.

The Rays lead baseball with a .273 batting average.

Tampa Bay ranks 14th in MLB in strikeouts per game with an average of 8.4 Ks per contest.

The Rays have an 8.6 K/9 this season as a pitching staff, which ranks 18th in the majors.

Tampa Bay pitchers have a combined ERA of 2.93 ERA this year, first-best in baseball.

Yankees Key Players to Watch

Cole (5-0 with a 2.09 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 51 2/3 innings pitched) makes the start for the Yankees, his ninth of the season.

Gleyber Torres leads New York in home runs (six) and runs batted in (19) this season while batting .257.

Anthony Rizzo leads New York in homers with six while also batting a team-best .296 this season.

DJ LeMahieu has collected 33 base hits, an OBP of .343 and a slugging percentage of .467 this season.

Aaron Judge is slugging .495 this season, with a team-best six homers while driving in 16 runs.

Rays Key Players to Watch

The Rays will send Kelley to the mound for his first start this season.

Wander Franco has a team-best batting average of .318.

Yandy Diaz has hit nine home runs to pace his team.

Randy Arozarena has put up a team-best nine home runs and 30 runs batted in.

Josh Lowe has eight doubles, eight home runs and nine walks while batting .314.

Yankees and Rays Injuries

Yankees: Giancarlo Stanton: 10 Day IL (Hamstring), Josh Donaldson: 10 Day IL (Hamstring), Oswald Peraza: 10 Day IL (Ankle), Carlos Rodón: 15 Day IL (Forearm), Luis Severino: 15 Day IL (Lat), Jonathan Loaisiga: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Lou Trivino: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Luis Gil: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Frankie Montás: 60 Day IL (Shoulder), Scott Effross: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Tommy Kahnle: 60 Day IL (Biceps), Aaron Hicks: day-to-day (Hip)

Rays: Pete Fairbanks: 15 Day IL (Forearm), Tyler Glasnow: 15 Day IL (Oblique), Drew Rasmussen: 60 Day IL (Flexor strain), Jeffrey Springs: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Garrett Cleavinger: 60 Day IL (Knee), Shane Baz: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Shawn Armstrong: 60 Day IL (Neck), Andrew Kittredge: 60 Day IL (Elbow)

Yankees vs. Rays Prediction

  • Score Prediction: Rays 4, Yankees 3
  • Total Prediction: Under 8.5 runs
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