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The Yankees lost a close game to the Rays yesterday by a score of 5-4 and now have to face the young, electric pitching prospect, Shane Baz. Can the Yankees bounce back? Joey Ruiz breaks it down here.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees Prediction: Can Jordan Montgomery and the Yankees Close the Series Strong?

Rays vs. Yankees Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: June 22, 2022
  • Game Time: 7:10 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: MLB.TV

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Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees Prediction

The Yankees have simply just gotten the job done in all facets this year. When they haven’t hit well, they’re pitching has picked them up. When pitchers have let them down, they have been able to win high-scoring games. Another thing the Yankees have done well is bouncing back after a loss. The Yankees are 12-4 this season after a loss and with this series being tied 1-1 against a division rival, I think their focus will be heightened today to grab this series win.

The Rays also got an incredible performance from Isaac Paredes last night as he went 3-3 with 3 homers and 4 RBIs as he basically won the game by himself. I highly doubt any of the Rays hitters have a similar game tonight as their offense has been extremely anemic this season, especially against the Yankees. Prior to last night, the Rays had been averaging less than 2 runs per game against the Yankees this season.

Aaron Judge, the early candidate for AL MVP, had the day off yesterday and is back in the lineup today so I expect the Yankees offense to be much more potent than last night as they only had 2 runs into the 9th inning before Marwin Gonzalez hit a wall scraper to cut the lead to 1. The Yankees will have their work cut out for him as they have to face young right-handed pitcher Shane Baz who frequently runs his fastball up to 97-99 MPH and is coming off an excellent start against the Orioles as he threw 6 shutout innings. He didn’t allow a run or walk anyone, while only allowing 2 hits. So the question is, Can the Yankees get to Baz early and often? And I believe the answer is yes. While Shane Baz has looked really good in his short time in the show, he really struggled against the Twins in his first start of the season. Now the Twins are certainly much worse than the Yankees but they have a similar style of offense. The Twins hit a lot of homers but at the same time are very patient and draw their walks. The Twins and Yankees alike have embraced the philosophy of the three true outcomes which are hitting a homer, drawing a walk, or striking out.

I bring this up because Baz struggled mightily against the Twins as he allowed 5 earned while walking 3 in just 2 1/3 innings of work. I think the Yankees will be able to have similar success against him tonight.

On the other side for the Yankees will be Jordan Montgomery who has been Mr. Consistency. Montgomery typically goes out there and gives you a solid 5-7 innings with 2 earned runs or less and I think that’s what we’ll see out of him tonight. With that being said, I am rolling with Yankees F5 ML at -140 and Yankees Full Game ML at -145 for 1U each as my most confident MLB Picks of the night.

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Joey has spent the last 6+ years betting on sports with a focus on basketball and baseball. Basketball is his main focus, and not many people know more about mid-major basketball than him. Whether you need advice on a Saturday night primetime game or a Tuesday night back-alley SWAC/MEAC game, Joey is your man.


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