In our MLB predictions for Wednesday, August 17, we’re breaking down the AL East showdown from Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York, to get you the best Rays vs Yankees betting pick. Tampa Bay and New York close down a three-game series. The Rays blanked the Yanks 4-0 in Monday’s opener, while Tuesday night’s clash has been excluded from this preview.
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Rays vs Yankees Betting Pick
This game will be played at Yankee Stadium at 7:05 PM ET on Wednesday, August 17, 2022.
Why Bet The Rays:
✅ Corey Kluber (7-7; 4.40 ERA) will get the nod for Tampa Bay. The veteran righty has struggled mightily over his last five starts, posting a 6.91 ERA across 28.2 innings of work. However, Kluber has dominated the Yankees in their previous two dates in 2022, yielding just three runs (one earned) on seven hits and a walk through 12 innings pitched.
✅ The Rays can lean on their bullpen if Corey Kluber has a bad day in the office. Tampa Bay’s relivers have been outstanding so far this month, notching a 2.90 ERA, 10.3 K/9, 2.0 BB/9, and .298 BABIP in 49.2 frames of work.
✅ The Yankees’ offense has been awful in the last two weeks, tallying a .646 OPS in 404 at-bats. The Bombers are slashing a hideous .175/.254/.269 with four home runs and only three doubles in their last five contests and 160 at-bats.
Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays extended their winning streak to three games following Monday’s victory at Yankee Stadium. They also improved to 61-53 on the season, and the Rays were tied with the Toronto Blue Jays for the second wild card in the American League.
Tampa Bay desperately needs more from its offense. The Rays are slashing just .217/.303/.335 in August and own the ninth-lowest scoring offense in the majors, tallying 4.11 runs per game. Randy Arozarena leads the way for Tampa with 12 hits and three home runs over his previous 43 at-bats.
New York Yankees
The slumping Yankees fell to 72-44 following Monday’s defeat to the Rays. It was their second straight loss and tenth in 12 showings, as the Yanks lost the No. 1 seed in the American League.
Domingo German will toe the rubber Wednesday, and the 30-year-old right-hander is 1-2 with a 4.18 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in five starts this season. Last Friday, German threw six innings of a one-run ball in a no-decision against the Boston Red Sox. The Yankees’ bullpen has amassed a 3.59 ERA, 7.4 K/9, 3.8 BB/9, and .280 BABIP through 42.2 innings of work in August.