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Take Yankees to Earn Win in Opener vs Rays in MLB Expert Picks for April 19

American League East foes battle for the first time this season when the Tampa Bay Rays kick off a three-game series against the New York Yankees on Friday. The Yankees will hope to keep their place atop the AL East with a half-game separating them from Baltimore, and with MLB moneyline picks favoring them in the opener, they should be able to do so.


Take Yankees to Earn Win in Opener vs Rays in MLB Expert Picks for April 19
Take Yankees to Earn Win in Opener vs Rays in MLB Expert Picks for April 19

Rays vs Yankees Game Information

  • Game: Rays (11-9) vs Yankees (13-6)
  • Location: Yankee Stadium, New York
  • Date/Time: April 19, 7:05 p.m. ET
  • Rays vs Yankees Live Stream: MLB.tv


The New York Yankees hope to start their three-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays strong when the two battle on Friday at Yankee Stadium. MLB betting lines favor the Yankees at home, with the BetUS sportsbook setting the total at 8½ runs.

Rays vs Yankees Odds and Spreads



Rays vs Yankees Betting Trends

  • Tampa Bay is 2-3 in its last five games.
  • The Yankees have won eight of the last 12 versus an opponent from the American League.
  • The Yankees have won seven out of the 10 games in which they’ve been favored.
  • The Rays split the two games they’ve played as underdogs this season.
  • These will be the highest odds to win that sportsbooks have assigned Tampa Bay this season with a +145 moneyline set for this game.


Rays vs Yankees Moneyline Pick: Yankees (-160)

The Yankees sit atop the AL East with a 13-6 record, and should remain there with a series-opening win over Tampa.

New York’s offense has been strong this season, ranking 12th in slugging percentage at .395 while its 21 home runs are ninth in MLB. The Yankees have averaged 5.2 runs per game in their last five, and they should have another solid night against the Rays’ starter in Tyler Alexander.

Alexander hasn’t gotten off to the smoothest start, recording a 6.46 ERA and allowing 11 earned runs and five homers in 15⅓ innings. New York’s starter, Clarke Schmidt, meanwhile, has a 3.68 ERA while allowing three earned runs in 9⅓ innings over his last two games.

With the Yankees also 4-2 at home and Schmidt performing better than Alexander, they should be able to pull off the series-opening win.



Rays vs Yankees Player Prop: Giancarlo Stanton 1+ Runs (+110)

New York’s Giancarlo Stanton has been a steady presence for the Yankees’ lineup, and that should continue on Friday. Although he has three runs in his last five games, Stanton has been more productive at home this season, scoring a run in four of his six games at Yankee Stadium for five total runs at home.

He’ll also be facing left-hander Alexander, who struggled in his lone road start by giving up four earned runs in 4⅓ innings, while Stanton has done better against lefties with a .261 batting average. With his strong performances recently, Stanton should be a solid play to score Friday.



Rays vs Yankees Prediction

Yankees 6, Rays 5



Questions Of The Day

What is the Yankees’ record at home?

New York is 4-2 at home.

How many home runs do the Yankees have this season?

New York is tied ninth in MLB with 21 home runs.

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