Yankees Vie for Online Baseball Betting Lead in AL East
Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
The end of the online baseball betting is still a long ways away which means that Thursday brings another opportunity for sports wagering fans to hit up some MLB lines. Before we take a look at the most enticing matchups of the day, let’s run down Wednesday’s betting results.
Wednesday’s Sports Wagering Results
Wednesday’s action was kicked off by the Tampa Bay Rays who dealt the Baltimore Orioles a 5-1 loss. Fortune kept rolling in the AL East’s favor, as the Yankees picked up a 9-5 win over the Cincinnati Reds in the very next game. The Yankees and Rays will face each other this Thursday, and it’s arguably one of the best options for Thursday’s action.
Both the Rays and Yanks are looking to encroach on the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox. However, the Sox were able to keep them at bay this Wednesday by defeating the Seattle Mariners 4-0.
The Washington Nationals were able to hold off the Milwaukee Brewers 8-5, successfully avoiding a 2nd consecutive upset. On the other hand, the Chicago Cubs were able to defeat the White Sox for the second night in a row.
The Diamondbacks delivered an online baseball betting shocker to the Atlanta Braves 10-3. Nonetheless, the real surprise came when the Philadelphia Phillies upset the Astros 9-0.
There were a handful of high scoring contests later on in the day. The Indians beat the Angels 10-4, the Royals beat the Tigers 16-2, and the Cardinals defeated the Rockies 10-5. However, the biggest triumph of them all came from the Miami Marlins who delivered a historic 22-10 performance over the Texas Rangers.
Thursday will have a hard time matching the intensity of that match, but perhaps a little AL East rivalry can do the trick. Let’s take a look at what the sportsbook odds are predicting for the pairing between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays.
New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays – Thursday, July 27th
When: 7:05 pm ET
Where: Yankee Stadium, New York City, New York
Series: Game 1 of 4-Game Series
Stream: MLB TV
Online Baseball Betting Odds:
New York Yankees -1 ½ (+170) 8 ½ (+105) -117
Tampa Bay Rays +1 ½ (-200) 8 ½ (-125) +107
New York Yankees
The Red Sox will stay off the diamond this Thursday, which means that New York has a perfect opportunity to propel themselves into the top spot in the AL East. The Yankees come into Thursday’s contest with a 53-46 record that pegs them as the 2nd best team in the Al East, 1 game behind Boston. Additionally, the Yanks have a 1 ½ game lead over 3rd place Tampa Bay.
To help tie the Red Sox, the Yankees will be sending CC Sabathia to the mound this evening. Sabathia is 9-3 on the season with a 3.44 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. Sabathia’s recent hot streak – a 1.80 ERA in his last 5 innings pitched, is one of the most prominent reasons the Yankees are being favored by the online baseball betting odds Thursday.
Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays slide into this contest with a 53-49 record, hoping to one-up the Yankees and become the Red Sox’ biggest threat in the division once again. The Rays have missed out on the playoffs for the last 3 seasons, but can certainly put an end to that drought in 2017.
To help do so, the Rays will start Chris Archer against New York. Archer is 7-6 on the season with a 3.77 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. Archer has been playing well lately, posting a 1.29 ERA in his last 7 innings.