How to bet on this AL East Showdown (Tuesday, June 14)

Rays vs. Yankees Odds

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Yankees odds -215
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Time 7:05 p.m. ET
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The New York Yankees host the Tampa Bay Rays in the Bronx, as the teams face off in an AL East showdown.

The Rays are looking to catch up on the Yankees at the top of the AL East, but New York has been looking pretty unstoppable lately. The Yankees are 9-1 in their last 10 games while the Rays are 6-4 in their last 10 games.

Corey Kluber will take the mound for the Rays against Gerrit Cole of the Yankees. Cole is looking to bounce back from his worst start to the season while Kluber is looking to continue his regular 2022 campaign.

Rays missing two key bats

The Rays have faced a string of injuries as they are still without Brandon Lowe and Wander Franco. They got by with a midfield consisting of Vidal Brujan, Isaac Paredes and Taylor Walls but it doesn’t come close to the type of production they usually get through midfield.

With the absence of those two bats, the Rays offense suffered. Over the past three weeks, the Rays have the third-worst wRC+ team in MLB against RHP on the road, and they will face a first RHP on Tuesday.

Kluber has put together a strong 2022 season, but he’s been much more vulnerable on the road. Over 23 rounds on the road, Kluber has a 5.09 ERA with a 4.27 FIP.

The Rays featherweight have also found a niche recently, as they are among the FIP and ERA league leaders for the past three weeks.

Overall, throwing isn’t much of an issue, but it’ll likely take more than a below average offense and decent starting pitch to beat the Yankees right now.

Hot Offense + Cole at home = Success

The Yankees continue to be one of baseball’s hottest offenses, especially at home. They have the second-best wRC+ team in MLB at home against RHP. After some home struggles early in the season, the Yankees have really started to gel, and it’s scary to watch.

Cole also enjoys pitching in the Bronx. So far this season, he has a 2.87 ERA and 2.71 FIP at home. Given the Rays’ struggles against RHP on the road, Cole seems well-positioned to provide a high-caliber start.

Despite a few key injuries, the Yankees’ bullpen has been as good or better than the Rays’ bullpen in some instances.

Rays-Yankees pick

These Yankees seem to have found their rhythm in May, and they didn’t break their rhythm in June. While the Rays’ depth was tested by injuries, the Yankees’ depth proved to be much better.

The odds on the Yankees moneyline already exceed the -220 threshold, so the runline seems to be the only logical play with value. Given the starting game and the scorching heat emanating from the Yankees, it’s hard not to support them.

Take the runline unless it’s -2.5.

Take: Yankees RL-105

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