The reeling New York Yankees badly need to get back on track, and in a hurry, as they are in the midst of yet another big time series against the Tampa Bay Rays that they just cannot afford to lose. MLB betting action continues when these two teams meet on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field.
If the Yanks lose either of these next two games, it will mark the third straight series to an AL East foe that they would have lost. They still have the second best record in the American League, but they are just 2.5 games clear of safety at the moment, and there are basically seven teams that are fighting for four playoff spots. New York knows that it needs its pitching to improve, and Freddy Garcia is a big time part of that. Garcia will get the ball on Tuesday night in hopes of bettering his 7-5 record and 4.90 ERA. The truth of the matter though, is that this is about all that the Yanks can expect to get out of their nearly 36 year old pitcher, as Garcia just doesn’t have the gas or the hook in his arm like he used to have. Now, he has allowed seven runs in his last nine frames, and he has walked a whopping six batters in that stretch as well. Garcia is 9-2 against the Rays in his career, but much of that came several years ago.
And here comes Tampa Bay again… The Rays are up to their old September tricks once again, as they are back within 2.5 games of the lead in the AL East. Of course, if the playoffs started today, they would be on the wrong side by a game and a half, but having allowed the second fewest runs in baseball, they have to be feeling pretty darn good about themselves. It’ll be up to Alex Cobb on Tuesday, and he’ll be looking for a great start in one of the biggest moments of his career. Cobb really has had two straight amazing starts here at the Trop. He pitched a complete game shutout against the Oakland A’s on August 23rd and shut down the Toronto Blue Jays to the tune of just one run on four hits in seven frames on August 8th. For the year though, the righty is just 8-8 with a 4.39 ERA. His strikeout total is far too low at 79, but the good news is that he has walked just 29 batters.
We hate to keep fading the Yankees, as they are going to get back in the saddle at some point once again, but this is just too easy of a spot to fade them. Cobb is going to win this one more often than not, and we very much so think that Tampa Bay is well on its way to getting the Yankees out of Tropicana Field on the wrong side of the playoffs. Tampa Bay 4 – New York 2