Yankees Home Underdogs Tonight Against Division Rivals Rays

Tampa Bay Rays (-122) at New York Yankees (+113, 7.5 O/U )

Left-hander David Price takes the mound tonight for the road team Tampa Bay Rays. He is 6-7 on the year with a 3.63 ERA. Price looked dominant Wednesday against the Pirates when he allowed one run on five hits and a walk while striking out 11 in 8 1/3 innings to earn his sixth win of the season. Price is 5-2 with a 3.93 ERA in 11 career starts at new Yankee Stadium. The Rays are 9-8 in games started by him, and have gone over 53% of those games. The New York Yankees will send right-hander Hiroki Kuroda out as their starter; he has a 5-5 record so far in 2014. Kuroda helped the Yankees snap a four-game losing streak with a strong effort in his last start, in which he surrendered three runs in 6 1/3 innings against the Blue Jays. He is searching for consistency from start to start. The Yankees are 7-9 in games started by him, and have gone over 38% of those games. Forecasts are calling for 83°F temperatures with winds blowing _at 14 mph. The humidity will be around 65%. There is a 10% chance of precipitation.

Tampa Bay Rays versus Kuroda: 38 years old right-hander, 6’1” 190 pounds. Throws: fastball, splitter, slider, curve : 2013 velocity, 91.5: 2014 velocity, 90.8: velocity over the last two weeks, 90.9

Runs per game (league ranking), 28 (3.7 per game) : Home Runs, 28 (48 HRs)

    Bat Ave, 17 (.249) : OB%, 16 (.316) : Slugging, 27 (.365)

      Walks, 16 (2.9 per game) : Strikeouts, 26 (7) : Stolen Bases, 25 (31 SBs)

      Last seven games, 11 (.759 OPS) : Last 14 games, 18 (.698 OPS) : Last 28 games, 29 (.631 OPS)

        Versus Righties, 17 (.695 OPS) : Versus lefties, 22 (.666 OPS)

          Home, 7 (.748 OPS) : Away, 29 (.628 OPS)

            1st Inning Production, 29 (.548 OPS)

              Facing a Power Pitcher, 14 (.678 OPS) : Facing a Finesse Pitcher, 20 (.695 OPS)

                Facing a fly ball pitcher, 25 (.666 OPS) : Facing a ground ball pitcher, 21 (.657 OPS)

                  Run Production at Night, 17 (.702 OPS) : Run Production During Day, 23 (.658 OPS)

                    First five innings, 21 (.691 OPS) : 6th to 9th Innings, 17 (.679 OPS)

                      New York Yankees versus Price: 27 years old left-hander, 6’6” 225 pounds. Throws: fastball, changeup, curve, : 2013 velocity, 93.5: 2014 velocity, 92.3: velocity over the last two weeks, 92.8

                      Runs per game (league ranking), 22 (3.89 per game) : Home Runs, 24 (61 HRs)

                        Bat Ave, 26 (.239) : OB%, 20 (.313) : Slugging, 28 (.359)

                          Walks, 3 (3.5 per game) : Strikeouts, 5 (8.4) : Stolen Bases, 5 (59 SBs)

                          Last seven games, 29 (.587 OPS) : Last 14 games, 30 (.596 OPS) : Last 28 games, 27 (.649 OPS)

                            Versus Righties, 21 (.692 OPS) : Versus lefties, 19 (.709 OPS)

                              Home, 9 (.734 OPS) : Away, 23 (.666 OPS)

                                1st Inning Production, 12 (.755 OPS)

                                  Facing a Power Pitcher, 28 (.598 OPS) : Facing a Finesse Pitcher, 22 (.692 OPS)

                                    Facing a fly ball pitcher, 22 (.691 OPS) : Facing a ground ball pitcher, 21 (.657 OPS)

                                      Run Production at Night, 23 (.683 OPS) : Run Production During Day, 11 (.725 OPS)

                                        First five innings, 13 (.725 OPS) : 6th to 9th Innings, 26 (.653 OPS)