The New York Yankees will host the Tampa Bay Rays for a four-game series set to kick off Monday night at Yankee Stadium, with the Bronx Bombers currently holding a six-game lead over their division foes.
While the Rays have had a great season and may be playoff bound, the Yankees have been a thorn in their side all year. The Rays are 4-9 against the Yankees heading into the series, and have been outscored by 33 runs. Perhaps the most troubling factor is reigning AL Cy Young Blake Snell's continued struggles against New York, especially at Yankee Stadium, where he'll be starting tonight.
Snell has a career 6.34 ERA and 1.70 WHIP in the Bronx, as he's allowed the Yanks to hit .320 against him (with eight homers in 38 1/3 innings) at their home park. He has also coughed up 26 walks in that span, just to illustrate how widely ineffective Snell has been.
In fact, Snell was even bad at Yankee Stadium during his Cy Young campaign last year (1-2, 6.08 ERA in three starts) and it has carried over to this season (0-1, 9.95 ERA in two starts).
The Yankees (-144) are favorites against the Rays (+126), according to FanDuel Sportsbook, in tonight's game with an over/under total of 8.5 runs. The Yankees will oppose Snell with fellow lefty James Paxton, who is 5-4 this season with a 4.01 ERA. Paxton lost his lone start against the Rays this season, despite giving up just two runs in six innings while striking out 11.
If Snell continues having trouble against the Yanks, tonight's contest could play out according to the odds.
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