The TAMPA BAY and the NY YANKEES will both be gunning for a victory on 5/17/2019 at 7:05 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
TAMPA BAY vs NY YANKEES
GAME: Tampa Bay Rays (26-15) at New York Yankees (26-16)
DATE/TIME: Friday, May 17 – 7:05 PM EST
WHERE: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
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TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, MLB Network; FS Sun (Tampa Bay), WPIX (New York)
PREDICTION: Rays 4, Yankees 3
Oddsmakers currently have the NY YANKEES listed as point favorites versus the TAMPA BAY, while the game’s total is sitting at .
The New York Yankees took two of three at the Tampa Bay Rays last weekend to put some pressure on the American League East leaders and then spent the week sitting out the rain before sweeping a doubleheader from the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday. The Yankees will try to move into the top spot in the East when they host the Rays in the opener of a three-game series Friday.
New York was rained out Monday and Tuesday but got a total of three home runs in Wednesday’s straight doubleheader from Gleyber Torres to go into the weekend with some momentum. “It’s really good,” Torres, who went 3-for-7 with a double and an RBI in two games against Tampa Bay last weekend, told reporters. “In a doubleheader, we felt really tired in the second game for sure, but you just focus and do the job to help the team. I think there’s no better feeling than when you do the job and you help your team.” The Rays are carrying their own momentum after posting a pair of shutout wins over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday and Wednesday to kick off the five-game road trip. Tampa Bay will try to keep the shutout streak alive with an opener starting in front of Yonny Chirinos on Friday while the Yankees counter with veteran left-hander CC Sabathia.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rays RH Yonny Chirinos (5-1, 3.61 ERA) vs. Yankees LH CC Sabathia (2-1, 3.26)
Chirinos could get the start or take on the bulk of the innings after Tampa Bay utilizes an opener. Chirinos made the start in four of his eight appearances and went at least five innings in six out those outings. The 25-year-old came out of the bullpen at home against New York on Saturday and surrendered two runs on four hits – one homer – while striking out a pair and earning the win.
Sabathia served up solo homers to Avisail Garcia and Yandy Diaz at Tampa Bay on Saturday but limited the damage to those two runs on three hits and four walks in five innings without factoring in the decision in a game the Yankees went onto lose 7-2. The veteran has yet to complete six innings in a start this season and was lifted after 76 pitches on Saturday. Sabathia is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA in three starts at home, striking out 13 in 15 total innings.
1. Rays 3B Yandy Diaz (ankle) left Wednesday’s game but told reporters that he would play Friday.
2. New York 3B Miguel Andujar (shoulder) is scheduled for season-ending surgery to repair a labrum tear.
3. Tampa Bay C Anthony Bemboom (knee) left Wednesday’s game and is heading to the injured list.
PREDICTION: Rays 4, Yankees 3