New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays Odds & Prediction: July 30th 2010

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Article Source: Bleacher Report - New York Yankees

The balance of power in the AL East could swing quite a bit one way or the other this weekend, as the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays crack skulls in MLB betting encounters. The first of these duels is on Friday night at Tropicana Field.

The Rays enter this evening’s tussle just two games back on the Bronx Bombers in the AL East. New York holds a comfortable lead on the other division leaders for the best record in baseball, while Tampa Bay, who has the second best record in the bigs, is a whopping 5.5 games ahead of the Boston Red Sox for the AL Wild Card race.

New York Yankees (65-36, +$848) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (63-38, +$741)
Game Date/Time: Friday, July 30th, 7:10 ET
Game Location: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL
TV/Radio Broadcast: YES, Sun Sports, XM

MLB Wagering Odds: New York Yankees -1.5 +150 -110 (Phil Hughes – R) vs. Tampa Bay Rays +1.5 -170 -110 (Wade Davis – R): Total 9 O -105 9 U -115

Things have certainly not gone well for RHP Phil Hughes to say the least of late. Even though he is 12-3 with a 4.04 ERA and was a deserving All-Star, his performances over the last two months haven’t been up to stuff. Hughes has watched his ERA balloon from 2.54 up to where it is now since in just eight starts, and in the L/6, it has risen from 3.11 up almost a full run. The righty “only” allowed three runs in 5.1 innings of work, but thanks to the fact that the bats really came to play on that night, Hughes escaped with a win over the Kansas City Royals. It was just his second victory since June 19th. Hughes has allowed at least three earned runs in four of his L/5 starts and at least five runs in three of his L/5.

Though RHP Wade Davis isn’t going to be the Rookie of the Year in the American League, he is certainly one of the most feared fifth starters in baseball. He is 8-9 on the season with a 4.32 ERA. Davis has won three straight starts and is pitching quite well, as he has only allowed a total of five runs to cross the plate over 21.1 innings of work in that stretch. Davis has faced the Bronx Bombers three times in his career, going just 1-2 with a 4.86 ERA.

MLB Insider Tip: The Rays are suddenly 10-1 in their L/11 games at Tropicana Field to improve to 30-20 there on the season. This series is just too important for Tampa Bay to lose. A sweep would be devastating for a club that is just trying its best to stick around in the race for the playoffs in spite of the fact that it has the second best record in baseball. The road team might have captured five of the eight meetings this season, but that all ends tonight. Bank on the Rays to go bananas on the slumping Hughes in this MLB betting affair.

My MLB Prediction: Tampa Bay Rays (Davis)
Source: BetUS Locker Room Featured on: Handicapperspicks.com

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