Bet Jamaica MLB Preview — Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees

by Dirty on September 9, 2009

If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Wednesday when the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees meet at Yankee Stadium.

The Rays will give the ball to starter Jeff Niemann in this one. Righthander Niemann is 12-5 this season with a 3.57 ERA.

The Yankees will counter Niemann with Joba Chamberlain. Righthander Chamberlain has a 4.41 ERA to go along with a 8-5 record this season.

Oddsmakers currently have the Yankees listed as 141-moneyline favorites versus the Rays, while the game’s total is sitting at 10.

Nick Swisher’s walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Yankees past the Rays 3-2 on Tuesday night.

New York won as -145 home favorites, while the game played UNDER the 10.5-run total posted by sportsbooks.

Swisher finished 2-for-3 with two dingers for the Yankees, as Mariano Rivera picked up the win in relief of starter Chad Gaudin for New York.

Evan Longoria and Jason Bartlett went deep for Tampa Bay, while Dan Wheeler was handed the loss after allowing Swisher’s walk-off shot in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Current streak:
Tampa Bay has lost 7 straight games.
New York has won 3 straight games.

Team records:
Tampa Bay: 72-67 SU
New York: 90-50 SU

Tampa Bay most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Boston are 7-3
After playing NY Yankees are 3-7
After a loss are 3-7

New York most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Baltimore are 9-1
After playing Tampa Bay are 6-4
After a win are 8-2

A few trends to consider:
Tampa Bay is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 1-7 SU in their last 8 games when playing NY Yankees
Tampa Bay is 0-5 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against NY Yankees
Tampa Bay is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
NY Yankees are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games at home
NY Yankees are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
NY Yankees are 7-1 SU in their last 8 games when playing Tampa Bay
NY Yankees are 11-2 SU in their last 13 games

Next up:
Tampa Bay at Boston, Friday, September 11
NY Yankees home to Baltimore, Friday, September 11

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