Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees

Steven Matz of the New York Mets walks Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees - 9/12/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Spencer Simpson | 14 September, 2017, 01:01

In the start of a series moved from Florida to Citi Field because of Hurricane Irma, Todd Frazier capitalized on Trevor Plouffe's two-out error with a three-run homer in a five-run fourth inning that led the New York Yankees over the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 on Monday night.

As incongruous as it felt to see the Yankees play the Rays at the home of the hated Mets on Monday night, it smelled like home cooking. Except it did happen against Pirates cast off Blake Snell and a core of relievers who sent the Yankees home with a 2-1 loss, no consolation for Sonny Gray's masterpiece, and a one-game debit in the standings as both the Red Sox and Twins won their games.

As far as tonight, the Rays will start RHP Jake Odorizzi, coming off his strong outing against the Twins, and the Yankees veteran LHP CC Sabathia.

While there is plenty at stake in the standings - certainly more than on April 15, 1998, when the Yankees hosted Collins' Anaheim Angels at Shea Stadium after a 500-pound beam fell at Yankee Stadium - Odorizzi acknowledged it would be hard to concentrate after the Tampa area was hammered by Hurricane Irma. "Whoever shows up, that's fantastic".

Lennon also is a Hall of Fame voter, a former Chairman of the New York Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America and co-author of "The Great New York Sports Debate". They give the Red Sox an 87.5% chance of winning the Division while giving the Yankees an 85.5% chance of being a Wild Card team.

Opening a stretch that has 17 of their final 20 games in NY, the Yankees closed within three games of Boston in the AL East and opened a four-game lead over Minnesota for the top AL wild card. "If we're going to accomplish what we want to accomplish, we need to do that, especially with the teams we're playing that are behind us". "We've got to do it".

But off the bat at Citi Field, Tuesday didn't appear to be Gray's day. The Sox will host the Mets and play at Washington. It nearly certainly would have been a homer at Yankee Stadium, but Steven Souza Jr. had room to track it down at spacious Citi Field.

"He has pitched really well for us, and it's unfortunate", Girardi said. "It played different. It's a whole different game".

"The subways go in a lot of directions around here", Collins said with a grin, "so they're going to be able to put some people in the seats here". Gray faced the Orioles on September 7, allowing no earned runs in 5 2/3 innings, and is 2-1 with a 3.15 ERA at Yankee Stadium this season (three starts).

The Rays usually would be reassured by the presence of their ace Archer (9-9, 4.00 ERA) on the mound.

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