The Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees square off on Monday with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. ET. The game takes place at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York and will only be available on local TV or via an MLB.tv subscription. Jalen Beeks (2-1, 2.35 ERA) will start for the Rays with Gerrit Cole (9-4, 3.38 ERA) on the mound for the Yankees.
Tampa Bay (60-53) will take their third straight win after winning two in a row against the Baltimore Orioles. Beeks will be out of the bullpen to make his seventh start of the season and considering the reliever only lasts about two innings per start, this appears to be a bullpen day for the Rays pitching staff. Rays ranked No. 22 in runs per game (4.1), and Randy Arozarena hosted in three of his last four games as team leader in home runs (15) and RBI (58).
New York (72-43) lost four of its last five contests on its return to New York for nine homestand games. Cole will make his 24th start and come out of the game strong when he throws in seven goalless innings against the Seattle Mariners. The Yankees scored 5.2 runs per game, which is the second most in the league, and Aaron Judge hit 100 RBI over the weekend.
Rays vs. Yankees
thrower: Jalen Beeks vs. Gerrit Cole
First pitch: 7:05pm ET
Local broadcast light: Sun Sports Bally
Yankees local broadcast: YES
Live broadcast: MLB.tv (subscribe)
Odds, options & predictions
Run Line: Yankees -1.5 (-115)
Run total: 7
Money line opportunities: Yankees -245, Rays +205
Moneyline Options: Ray +205
We’d predict the Rays to take a win to open the series tonight. They had to keep the Yankees batman from getting screwed with tons of guns in and out of the mound and find a way to take some hits from Gerrit Cole. Take Tampa Bay on the moneyline.
Player prop options: Randy Arozarena over 0.5 runs (+175)
Arozarena has been at the center of the Rays offense over the past week and he has a record five games in a row heading into tonight’s clash at Yankee Stadium. We’re going to predict that he makes six tonight.
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