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Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees 8/2/2023 Prediction, Analysis, and Odds

Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees 8/2/2023 Prediction, Analysis, and Odds

On Wednesday, August 2, 2023, at 7:05 PM ET, the Tampa Bay Rays are set to face the New York Yankees in an MLB clash at Yankee Stadium, NY. The Rays have been in good form lately, winning four out of their previous six games after losing a series to Baltimore. A victory against the Yankees would mark their fifth win in the last seven games and secure the series victory, propelling them 1.5 games ahead of the Orioles in the AL East standings.

Tampa Bay has been performing well on the offensive front, scoring an average of 5.19 runs per game. Their batting average of .255 ranks them 10th in the league, while they stand at 11th in on-base percentage (.327) and sixth in slugging percentage (.447). Isaac Paredes is leading the charge for the Rays, who has an impressive 21 home runs and 63 RBI. Yandy Diaz is another standout player, boasting a batting average of .318.

The Rays’ pitching has been solid, allowing only 3.92 runs per game. Their opponents’ batting average against them is the best in the league at .227. Tampa Bay’s pitching staff ranks second in WHIP (1.19) and third in ERA (3.78). In his most recent start, McClanahan secured a 4-3 victory against Houston, despite giving up eight hits and three runs over five innings. With both their offense and pitching performing at a high level, the Rays are confidently heading into the matchup as they aim to continue their winning streak against the Yankees.

The Rays used 352 relievers in relief throughout the season. There were 125 baserunners that relief pitchers inherited throughout the season, and 24.8% of them scored. They had 29 saves this season, while 17 of their 46 chances were lost. The Rays bullpen attempted 95 saves and achieved a 63.0% save percentage. This season, the bullpen has recorded 49 holds, good for 23rd in the league. The Rays pitchers entered the game 81 times with runners on base and made 105 appearances in high-stakes situations.


  • The total remained UNDER in 10 of the Rays’ last 14 outings.
  • The Tampa Bay Rays are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games.
  • Tampa Bay is 5-2 SU in their last 7 matches with the New York Yankees.

Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees 8/2/2023 Prediction, Analysis, and Odds

Despite Aaron Judge’s return to the lineup, the Yankees had hoped for an offensive improvement, but their struggles at the plate have persisted, resulting in three losses in their last four games. As a result, they now find themselves 3.5 games behind the last AL Wildcard position and at the bottom of the AL East standings. They will need a victory over the Rays to keep their postseason chances alive, which would mark their third win in the last six games. Currently, New York averages 4.32 runs per game.

However, their batting performance has been lackluster, with a league-leading batting average of .230, placing them 29th in the league. Additionally, they rank 27th in on-base percentage (.302) and 19th in slugging percentage (.403). The key contributors for the Yankees include Gleyber Torres with a .255 batting average. Aaron Judge, who has 20 home runs, 44 RBI, and. The New York team’s pitching was excellent; they only allowed 4.27 runs per game. The opponents’.233 batting average against the Yankees is the second-lowest in the league. Their 3.92 ERA is ranked tenth, while their 1.24 WHIP ranks sixth. In his previous start, Cole pitched seven innings and gave up three hits but no runs while the team lost to Baltimore 1-0.

The Yankees have a 4.36-season FIP and a 1.241-team WHIP. Currently, they have a K/BB ratio of 8.90 (929 strikeouts vs. 344 free passes). Their pitching staff is presently ranked second in the league with 828 hits allowed overall. In MLB, they were 10th in runs allowed per nine innings (4.32) and gave up 129 home runs. The pitching staff for New York surrendered 453 runs this season with a cumulative ERA of 3.92 (411 earned runs allowed).

  • The total went UNDER in 4 of the NY Yankees’ last 6 matches.
  • The NY Yankees are 1-4 SU in their last 5 matches.
  • The total went OVER in 8 of NY Yankees’ last 11 matches against Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees. The MLB pick for this game is the New York Yankees. The Yankees have won five of their last nine games and four of their last six at home. They have only scored seven runs in their last three home games, indicating a weak offensive performance. Although McClanahan excelled for the Rays in the past, he has recently underperformed, surrendering 14 runs in his last four outings. After allowing nine runs in his last three road appearances and eight runs in his previous two starts against the Yankees, anticipate him to struggle in this game to slow them down. Four of the Rays’ previous six games were victories, while five of their last eight road games were losses. 

Their attack is on point, as they have scored 17 runs in their last three road games. They will struggle to score in this game, though, as Cole has pitched effectively lately, giving up just three runs in his last three appearances. The best bullpen in the league, New York will have no trouble slowing down the Rays in this game. In his previous home start against the Rays, he allowed two runs. Pick New York to cover the money line. It’s expected that the New York Yankees will triumph 6-2.

MLB Starting Time: 7:05 PM ET

Location: Yankee Stadium, NY

Date: Wednesday, August 2, 2023


MLB Odds: New York Yankees-110

MLB Totals: 7.5


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