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MLB Betting Preview: New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays

August 26, 2023

In this thrilling matchup of the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays, the second game of their divisional three-game series presents an enticing betting prospect. Will the Yankees manage to leave their mark while playing away from home?

  • Date: Game 2 on August 26, 2023 at 4:10 PM ET

  • Location: Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida

New York Yankees Betting Preview

The Yankees cannot catch a break against good offensive teams. They recently struggled against the Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals, setting them up in a bad way for this series. Clarke Schmidt (8-7) is on the mound for game two and has an ERA of 4.68.

They have struggled at the plate with a batting average of .230, slowing down their scoring opportunities. However, they have held their opponents to a .233 average, which could help them here.

Their ERA could be better, at 4.07, which is a bit worse than the Rays. They have a difficult time getting on-base with a percentage (OBP) at .305, which could impact the game. Their slugging percentage could also improve at .402.

The Yankees have slid further back in the AL East and are about 18 games back from the leading Baltimore Orioles. Their offense has been an issue all season, which will likely occur here.

Tampa Bay Rays Betting Preview

The Tampa Bay Rays have done well leading up to this series. With strong wins against the Los Angeles Angels and Colorado Rockies, they are in a good position to take a hold of this series. Tyler Glasnow (6-4) will enter game two on the mound and has an ERA of 3.35.

They are better in a handful of categories compared to the Yankees, namely at the plate at .261. They are also the same as the Yankees defense, allowing .233 from their opponents.

Other areas they are prepared to take over in this game include an ERA at 3.89 and an OBP at .332. Their slugging percentage is also appealing at .450.

The Rays are attempting to take over the division and need easy wins. At about two games back, they have a great opportunity.

Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

MyBookie's latest odds indicate that the Tampa Bay Rays hold a slight edge in their quest for victory. Market analysis suggests a 73 percent likelihood of the Rays seizing control in game two.

  • New York Yankees: +130

  • Tampa Bay Rays: -155

The Rays continue to look great at home, while the Yankees are a decent amount below .500 on the road. The Yankees randomly have good days at the plate, but this will probably end in favor of the Rays.

Final Pick: Take the Tampa Bay Rays to Win at -155

Written By: David White