Are Rays going to win rubber game vs. Yankees? MLB Predictions 9/13/17

Frederick Owens
September 13, 2017

The 5-1 lead Sabathia handed Robertson was made possible by a huge error by Plouffe, the Rays' third baseman, and a towering three-run home run by Todd Frazier that collided with the facing of the second deck in left in a five-run fourth inning. The Yankees are a +100 underdog and the over-under is 8.5. The Rays usually would be reassured by the presence of their ace Archer (9-9, 4.00 ERA) on the mound. Garcia has a 1.41 WHIP with 112 strikeouts over 144 1/3 innings. Adeiny Hechavarria blasted a first-pitch Gray fastball to left-center to snap a 1-1 tie with one out in the eighth inning. Archer is 6-6 with a 2.82 ERA in 16 career starts against the Yankees.

Rays starter Blake Snell allowed one run on two hits and two walks while striking out five in five innings. An MRI showed no damage, and Archer said following his Friday start that he had no physical issues. Garcia (5-9, 4.43 ERA between the Yankees, Twins and Atlanta Braves) last pitched on August 30, when he allowed two runs (one earned) over five innings as NY fell to the Cleveland Indians 2-1. The start was the second shortest of the year for Archer, who exited with a tight right forearm in his previous outing September 2 after giving up two homers without recording an out. Four relievers closed it out, with Alex Colome pitching a flawless ninth for his 44th save. After Starling Castro struck out, Matt Holliday hit a grounder to third, and Plouffe tried for a backhand grab but let the ball bounce under his glove and toward the left-field corner.

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The Yankees were held to just three hits by Blake Snell and four relievers

NY wasted a fantastic Gray start Tuesday evening and now must deal with one of the best strikeout artists in baseball in Archer.

"Stay safe, that's the first and most important thing", Rays owner Stuart Sternberg told Fox Sports during the game. Abreu, who hit for the cycle Saturday and had two home runs Sunday, drove in two and scored once while raising his average to.306. Even so, Tampa Bay looks to be the play here.

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