The Tampa Bay Rays and Florida Marlins are set to continue their in-state rivalry in interleague play with the second game of a four-game set at Sun Life Stadium

Tampa Bay Rays at Florida Marlins

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The greatest rivalry in baseball kicks off an important three-game series in the Bronx with a pair of right-handed starters on the mound.

Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees

Boston picked up a 6-2 victory in the final game of a four-game series against the Cleveland Indians and now will head off for a 10-day, 10-game road trip to New York, Toronto and Texas.  We’re probably going on as it looks right now the most important road trip of the season, most important 10 games of the season,” said second baseman Bill Hall.  The Red Sox are in third place in the AL East division and sit 5.5 games back of tonight’s opponent.  In losing first baseman Kevin Youkilis for the year, the club will be leaning on All-Star third baseman Adrian Beltre more than ever.  He is hitting .336 with 20 home runs and 75 RBIs.  The Red Sox are 20-21 against the division this year (-570) and 106-86 versus the AL East over the last three years (+230).  Boston brings a 3-1 record into this contest as a road underdog of +125 to +150 this season (+320).

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The Rays have a chance of evening the AL East race and capture their eighth straight win in the process.

New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays

New York has acquired Astros first baseman Lance Berkman for the playoff push, but it’s unclear if he will be available for tonight’s contest.  “That’s great,” said first baseman Mark Teixeira.  “It’s going to be good for the clubhouse.”  The Yankees may have started feeling the pressure of the race, as tonight’s opponent is just a game behind them.  The club still owns the best record in baseball, but dropped to 31-21 on the road this season with least night’s loss (+210).  New York has been a road underdog of +100 to +125 just seven times this season (+180), with the total being 4-3 O/U in those games.  The Bronx Bombers are an even 8-8 when playing on Saturdays (-520), while sporting a healthy 22-13 mark against the division (+440).  The Yankees are 4-5 versus the Rays this season, but have won 26 of the last 43 meetings.

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Bettors can expect some more offensive fireworks from both sides in the final game of this short two-game series in the Bronx.

Los Angeles Angels at New York Yankees

Los Angeles started its brief road trip to New York and Texas with an impressive 10-2 victory over the Yankees in the Bronx.  It’s part of a stretch that has the club playing three teams with a combined record of 166-112 when adding a series with Boston when they return home.  The team banged out 14 hits on Tuesday night and is batting a combined .300 against the Yankees over the past five seasons, their highest average against any AL club.  In fact, the team is 54-44 against New York during the Mike Scioscia era, dating back to 2000.  The Angels have a 4-3 season series lead over the Yankees, but the team has managed to win just three of their last 13 games in New York.  The bullpen has been much improved this month, posting a 2.67 ERA in July, after struggling to post a 4.97 ERA the month prior.  Los Angeles continues to dominate teams during the day, posting a 18-13 mark this season (+510) and 86-39 record the last three years (+4,750).

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The Athletics are the best home underdog on Monday’s card in a series opening game against the Yankees.

New York Yankees at Oakland Athletics

New York heads West with the best record in baseball (50-31, +250) and winners of two of its last three games.  Tonight’s game is the first of a seven-game road trip, with the club currently 22-18 away from Yankee Stadium (-190).  The Bronx Bombers are a dominating 33-17 against right-handed starters in 2010 (+780), averaging 5.7 runs and combining to bat .284 as a team.  In those 50 games, New York is outscoring opponents by a run and a half (5.7 to 4.2).  The Yankees are 14-4 against the Athletics since the start of the 2008 season.  New York also brings an impressive 33-18 (.647) mark against them since 2004, marking the highest winning percentage over the stretch by any AL team.

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The Mariners send out another ace in trying to pick up a road series victory over the Yankees.

Seattle Mariners at New York Yankees

Seattle claimed a 7-4 road victory in the series opener over the New York Yankees, as stating pitcher Cliff Lee tallied his third straight complete game.  “It obviously is a very good lineup,” Lee said.  “They are the defending world champions and some additions make them that much better.”  The Mariners have won eight of their last 11 games, while looking to pick up a road series victory for the first time since April.  The club is looking to finish the month with a winning record, standing at 13-12 in June. Continue reading “Wednesday MLB Betting Preview – Mariners at Yankees”

The second installment of the Subway Series takes place at Yankee Stadium this weekend.

New York Mets at New York Yankees

The New York Mets come into this series as the hottest team in baseball, after picking up a sweep of the Indians with a 6-4 victory on Thursday night.  “We’re doing a lot of good things,” manager Jerry Manuel said.  Much of their recent success has come against two of the worst teams in the American League (Baltimore and Cleveland), but now the degree of difficulty goes up with 10 straight against the Yankees, Tigers and Twins.  “Right now, we can play with anybody,” shortstop Jose Reyes commented.  “Right now, we’re playing very good.”  OF Jason Bay will be a key player in the series, going 7-for-10 with two home runs versus the Yankees in May.  He is batting .402 with five long balls and 23 RBIs in 25 games against the Bronx Bombers since the start of the 2008 season.  The Mets are 8-1 during interleague play this year (+790), with the eight victories being the most in the majors.

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The Yankees look to build on the second-best home record in baseball in the second-game of this interleague series.

Houston Astros at New York Yankees

Houston fell behind early on Friday evening by allowing three runs in the opening frame, dropping the first game of the series 4-3 in the Bronx.  The current road trip is the first of two back-to-back, 10-game road trips for the team.  On the road for 11 days, the current trip ties for the longest in terms of days that the club will make this season.  The Astros are 11-17 on the road this season (+280).  With an 8-3 record in June (+780), Houston is tied for second in the majors in winning percentage for the month (.727), tailing only the Mets (.778).  The middle of the lineup must produce to stay with the high-powered Yankees, as the No. 1-4 hitters are a combined 0-for-29 the last two games.

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The Bronx Bombers look to avoid getting swept in a three-game series North of the Border.

New York Yankees at Toronto Blue Jays

New York’s offensive struggles continued away from Yankee Stadium, as they average 4.5 runs per game on the road (15-14 O/U) compared to 6.7 at home (15-9 O/U).  The team had built some offensive momentum over its last seven-game homestand, scoring 55 runs in taking six of seven games.  The Yankees are still a solid 15-9 against the division and will look to improve upon its 13-9 daytime record in the series finale.  In order for this to happen, 1B Mark Teixeira must bounce back from an 0-for-6 performance that dropped his average down to .215 on the season.  He is hitting just .194 over his last 18 games.  The fact the lines maker has made the Yankees a road favorite in this contest is a bet surprising, which offers value in playing against a team that’s only 5-6 as a road favorite of -125 to -150 this season (-290).

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