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Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees - 5/19/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Yankees (24-14) at Tampa Bay Rays (21-22)

MLB Baseball: Friday, May 19, 2017 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)

Luis Severino (2-2) (3.86) vs. E Ramirez (2-0) (2.92)

The Line: Tampa Bay Rays +117 / New York Yankees -127 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: WPIX, SUN

The New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays meet Friday in MLB action at Tropicana Field.

The New York Yankees need a win here after losing five of their last eight games. The Yankees have allowed 12 runs in their last two games and five or more runs in five of their last six games. The New York Yankees have still won seven of their last 11 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Starlin Castro leads the Yankees with 55 hits and 26 RBI while Aaron Judge and Brett Gardner have combined for 79 hits and 45 RBI. Luis Severino gets the ball, and he is 2-2 with a 3.86 ERA and 47 strikeouts this season. Severino is 4-1 with a 3.26 ERA and 39 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees - 5/19/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Tampa Bay Rays look for a win here to get back to a .500 record. The Rays have scored 20 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in seven of their last nine games. The Tampa Bay Rays have won nine of their last 13 games when scoring more than three runs. Corey Dickerson leads the Rays with 53 hits and 18 RBI while Tim Beckham and Evan Longoria have combined for 79 hits and 42 RBI. Erasmo Ramirez gets the ball, and he is 2-0 with a 2.92 ERA and 18 strikeouts this season. Ramirez is 2-2 with a 3.71 ERA and 19 strikeouts in his career against the Yankees.

The Yankees are 8-3 in their last 11 during game 1 of a series, 6-13 in Severinos last 19 starts and 0-5 in Severinos last 5 Friday starts. The Rays are 23-47 in their last 70 during game 1 of a series, 1-6 in Ramirezs last 7 starts vs. American League East and 1-4 in their last 5 home games. The Yankees are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The Yankees have cooled off a bit the last week, and now they have to travel from Kansas City to play a Rays team that had yesterday off and has been pretty solid at home overall despite their recent showings. Ramirez has just one start in 12 games this season, but he's been rock solid in his performances and has an ERA of 2.53 at home. Severino does give up the long ball and was shaky in his last game. I'll take the Rays and my plus money here.

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