New York Yankees vs Tampa Bay Rays: Predictions, Odds and Roster Notes

How to Watch

Where: Tropicana Field, Tampa Bay, Florida

When: Wednesday, September 25th at 7:00 PM EST

How (TV/Radio): Rays TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun, WDAE 620 AM. Yankees TV/Radio: YES, WFAN 101.9FM.

Team Notes

New York Yankees

The Yankees and Houston Astros start the week in a tie in the wins department with New York playing five games in the final week and the Astros playing six for the top spot in the American League.

The Yankees have a 100% chance to make the postseason and an 11.5% chance to take the World Series.

The Yankees have 3-2 odds to win the AL title and 7-2 to win the 2019 World Series.

Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays are fighting with the Cleveland Indians and the Oakland Athletics for a spot in the AL Wild Card game.

Tampa Bay has a 45.4% chance to make the postseason and a 1.0% chance to take the World Series.

The Rays are 20-1 to win the American League and 40-1 to win the 2019 World Series title.

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Pitcher Notes

New York Yankees: Bullpen Game

Manager Aaron Boone recently told the media that the games during the final week of the season will be used as a “tryouts” for the postseason roles.

  • Chad Green has thrown the most innings out of the bullpen in September for the Yankees with 10.1 innings and an 0.87 ERA.
  • The Yankees have been so good with the bats in September that closer Aroldis Chapman has only one save for the month.
  • Green leads the pen in strikeouts in September with 19 in his 10.1 innings.

Rays: Charlie Morton (15-6, 3.15 ERA)

Morton is putting the finishing touches on another spectacular season as he’s posted 231 strikeouts in 188.2 innings thus far in 2019.

  • In his last start, Morton held Boston to two runs over 6.1 innings, while posting eight strikeouts.
  • Morton has allowed just eight home runs in 15 starts since July 1st.
  • The Rays have won the last four starts from Morton, all in September.

Hitter Notes

New York Yankees

The Yankees are on pace to lead all of baseball in runs scored this season as the team averages 5.88 per game in 2019.

  • OF Aaron Judge is 1 for 9 lifetime against Morton with one solo homer and seven strikeouts.
  • SS Didi Gregorius is 5 for 18 with six strikeouts and two RBI against Morton.
  • OF Brett Gardner is 8 for 17 versus the Rays’ righty with three homers and six RBI.

Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay continues to tread water with the bats and win with great pitching. This season, they rank 17th in MLB in runs scored with 4.78 per contest.

  • OF Tommy Pham is 14 for 65 versus Yankees pitching this year, with just two RBI and 22 strikeouts.
  • OF Austin Meadows is 15 for 51 against the Yankees staff in 2019 with a team-leading five homers.
  • 3B Yandy Diaz is 13 for 59 with four homers this year against Yankees pitching.

Roster Notes

New York Yankees

  • 2B Gleyber Torres is nursing a sore knee and could potentially return this week.
  • SP Domingo German has been suspended for domestic violence incident with his girlfriend and won’t play for the Yankees this postseason.
  • RP Dellin Betances’ 2019 season is over after partially tearing his Achilles tendon.

Tampa Bay Rays

  • RP Hoby Milner has been moved to the 60-day IL with a neck ailment.
  • RP Jose Alvarado is out for the season with an elbow injury.
  • 2B Eric Sogard has a bone bruise in his foot and his return is unknown.

Game Odds: New York Yankees vs Tampa Bay Rays

The odds will be updated as they are made available.

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