The Tampa Bay Rays host the New York Yankees on Thursday afternoon. Luis Patino gets the start for the Tampa Bay Rays. He has a 1-2 record and a 5.26 ERA. The New York Yankees hand the ball to their ace Gerrit Cole. He has a 10-5 record and a 2.74 ERA. Cole pitches very well in Tropicana, so we should expect another good performance.
The Pick: Yankees ML
The Why: Cole at Tropicana
Gerrit Cole has had his struggles this year, but outride of his last start, he pitched well in his last two. In those games, he held the Red Sox to 1 earned run on 5 hits, and went the distance against the Astros allowing only 3 hits. In 4 starts in Tropicana, he has an ERA of 1.82 and in his last start there he threw 8 scoreless innings allowing 4 hits.
Even though the Rays score a lot of runs, they do not have a good team average. They rank 6th in runs scored but 25th in team average with .232. That tells us that that they rely on hitting poor pitching and struggle against good pitching. Gerrit Cole is not a good matchup for the Rays.
We’re going to take the Yankees on the money line in this one. It’s do or die time. The Yankees have found a spark the last week or so and with the return of Aaron Judge, this could be a team that makes a run to get back in playoff contetion. They need another good start tonight from Cole and they will probably get it. Take the Yankees.
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Saturday’s Pick: Giants -1.5 ❌
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