New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays
Tip-off: Monday, April 22, 2013 – 7:00 PM ET
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
- New York: Sabathia (3-1, 2.57 ERA)
- Tampa Bay: Moore (3-0, 1.00 ERA)
CC Sabathia had a difficult first outing but YouWager bettors consider he’s back to All-Star form and in addition Matt Moore has been outstanding in his three starts.
Tonight the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays will both be starting with outstanding left-handers when they open a three-game series at Tropicana Field.
Even with all their injuries, the Yankees (10-7) seemed to be on the verge of their 10th victory in 12 games on Sunday before the Toronto Blue Jays rallied with four runs in the sixth inning and two in the seventh for an 8-4 win.
Chris Stewart hit a solo homer for New York, who still came away with their fourth straight series victory following a 1-4 start.
Now Yanks will count on Sabathia (3-1, 2.57 ERA) as he looks to claim his fourth straight victory after losing 8-2 against the Boston Red Sox in the season opener.
The California native has struck out 15 and walked only one in his last two starts and has given up just four earned runs over 23 innings while winning his last three.
However, Sabathia hasn’t done a great job when facing Tampa Bay. The 6x All-Star player his 3-8 despite a 3.67 ERA in his last 18 starts in this series overall and 1-4 with a 4.01 ERA in his previous eight at Tropicana Field.
Tampa Bay has scored at least six runs in four of their last five and will try to keep their hot hitting going for Moore (3-0, 1.00), who is looking for his fifth straight victory dating back to last season.
The 23 year-old gave up his first two runs of the season on five hits and struck out seven over 6 2/3 innings in a 6-2 victory versus the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday.
Even when issuing 11 walks, he has struck out 20 and allowed just eight hits over 18 innings.
Online sports betting experts believe Moore is probably not looking forward to see the Bronx Bombers. He allowed 11 runs over 9 1/3 innings in two September defeats versus the Yankees.