Free MLB Picks Today: Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees 5/6/23

Free MLB Picks Today: Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees 5/6/23
Sat 6th May 2023

Randy Arozarena will be looking to extend his 16-game on-base streak as the Tampa Bay Rays (27-6) host the New York Yankees (17-16) at Tropicana Field on Saturday. The Rays took Friday’s series opener 5-4, their fourth straight victory overall. Reliever Kevin Kelly was credited with the win after throwing 1.1 scoreless innings, and Jason Adam earned his third save with a scoreless ninth.

Arozarena went 1 for 2 with a solo home run in the win. Wander Franco added two doubles, one run, and one RBI. DJ LeMahieu was 2 for 2 with two walks and one run for the Yankees.

ON THE MOUND

Domingo German (2-2, 4.46 ERA) is set to take the mound for New York. The RHP allowed one run over 8.1 innings in his last start, a 3-2 road defeat against the Guardians on Monday. He yielded two hits while striking out six and walking one in the no-decision.

German is making his first appearance against the Rays this season. Over three starts against the Rays in 2022, German was 0-1 with a 3.65 ERA over 12.1 innings. He had eight strikeouts and four walks. For Tampa Bay, righty Drew Rasmussen (3-2, 3.66 ERA) is on the mound. It’s his first appearance of the season against the Yankees.

Rasmussen made one start against the Yankees in 2022, throwing six innings in a 4-2 road win on September 9. He gave up six hits while striking out 10 in the win.

In his last start on Sunday, Rasmussen took a no-decision on the road against the White Sox. He threw five innings and gave up three runs on nine hits, striking out three, in the 12-9 loss.

AT THE PLATE

Over the last five games, New York has averaged 3.2 runs a game, a small drop compared to their season average of 3.9. Against right-handed pitchers like Rasmussen this season, the Yanks have a .682 OPS.

Aaron Judge is the team’s most potent producer against right-handers with a .997 OPS in 73 at-bats. Tampa Bay is averaging only 5.8 runs per game in the last five, down slightly from 6.5 for the season.

The Rays have ann .858 OPS against right-handers in 2023, highest in MLB. With a 1.141 OPS over 85 at-bats, Yandy Diaz has been their best hitter against right-handers.

HOME AND AWAY

New York is on a four-game losing streak away from Yankee Stadium, bringing their record to 6-8 in 2023. The Yanks have scored 4.2 runs per game away from home, while allowing 4.7 runs.

Tampa Bay has won four in a row at home. The Rays are 18-2 at home this season, averaging 6.1 runs per game while surrendering 2.4. Tampa Bay is 6-4 in the last 10 meetings at Tropicana Field with an average scoreline of 3.5-2.5.

STANDINGS UPDATE

The Rays lead the AL East by four games over the Orioles. The Yankees are fifth in the AL East, 10 games behind the Rays.

SportsTips’ MLB Pick:

TB Rays (-165)

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