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JEFF ALLEN GAME PREVIEW: TAMPA BAY at YANKEES

JEFF ALLEN GAME PREVIEW: TAMPA BAY at YANKEES

From the jump, the American League East looked to be one of the most wide divisions in Major League Baseball.
After 15 games, that figures to be the case. The Orioles have jumped out to a 10-4 mark after opening up with the
franchises fastest start (7-0) since 1944 when they were playing in St Louis. Only time will tell if the O’s pitching will
hold up for any length of time. The Yankees haven’t hit and sit at 5-9 with Toronto, Tampa Bay and Boston all at or
around the .500 mark. The Bomber figure to get busy with the bats at some point and with the best bullpen in the
majors, figure to be around at the end. Tonight the Rays and Yankees open a three-game set at The Stadium with a
crafty pair of veteran southpaws toeing the rubber as Matt Moore takes on C.C. Sabathia. The line at this writing finds the Yankees as -109 favorites with the total sitting at 8 1/2.

Early on, these are two teams headed in opposite directions. Tampa Bay has won four of five after a slow start that
saw the rays not hitting. The Yankees have scored just 18 runs in losing seven of their last eight games. Raking just
.221, Tampa Bay is last in the AL East and just 12th in the American League in offense. The Yankees are not much
better hitting just .239 but are in a .208 slump the last seven games and leaving a ton of men on. In fact, what runs
New York has scored has come via the long ball. Brandon Guyer is the only Ray on the roster hitting over .300 and
he’s basically a platoon outfielder living off a four-for-four day last Saturday. Face of the Rays Evan Longoria is hitting .258 with nine RBIs. OF Carlos Beltran (.296, 4, 9) has been the best position player for the pinstripes along with SS  Starlin Castro (.276, 2, 10) who was brought over from the Cubs.

Matt Moore has been dominant in his last two starts and struck out 10 in 6 1/3 innings work vs. the WSox in his last.
He’s 5-2 in his career vs. the Bronx with a 3.83 ERA in 10 lifetime starts. Sabathia is 1-1 with a 5.06 ERA in three starts this year and 13-14 with a 3.73 ERA in 38 career starts vs. the Rays. The hefty lefty did shut out the Rays for seven innings the last time he faced the Rays last September. Tampa Bay is on a 9-3-1 run to the under in it’s L13 games while the Yanks are 5-1-1 lowballs in their L7. With neither team hitting a lick over the last week and two decent pitchers throwing here, runs figure to be at a premium and UNDER the total gets the recommendation here tonight.

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