New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays, 5/19/19 1:05 PM ET Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY, TV: New York (YES), Tampa Bay (SUN) – Radio: New York (101.9 The Fan), Tampa Bay (95.3 WDAE)
The Tampa Bay Rays (27-16) will play the New York Yankees (27-17) this afternoon in what will be the final game of the series for the Rays at Yankee Stadium. The first two games on the series haven’t disappointed as both games came down to the last pitch, and each team picking up a win.
In game one, Jose Alverado served a walk off double to Gio Urschela, which gave the Yankees a 4-3 victory and a half game lead over Tampa Bay for first place in the AL East. However, the Rays would even things up yesterday with Austin Meadows smacking a one-out homer off Luis Cessa in the top of the 11th to give Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead. That gave Tampa Bay the go ahead run to allow Jose Alverado to come in and redeem himself for his blown save. With Tampa Bay’s win yesterday, they moved a half game ahead of the Yankees for first place in the AL East standings
Game three will see Charlie Morton take the hill for Tampa Bay while Chad Green will start for the Yankees. In 2019, Morton has struck out 61 batters in 50.1 innings and has an ERA of 2.32. While Green had a 16.43 ERA in his first 10 appearances this season before the Yankees sent him down to the minors to work on his mechanics. This should be a really competitive game since both teams are tied for first place.
1. DJ LeMahieu
2. Luke Voit
3. Aaron Hicks
4. Gary Sanchez
5. Gleyber Torres
6. Giovanny Urshela
7. Cameron Maybin
8. Austin Romine
9. Brett Gardner
Due to James Paxton still being out with left knee inflammation, the Yankees will have Chad Green start the series finale. Even though Green only allowed three hits and a pair of runs in Friday’s win, Green said he remains pleased with how he’s throwing the ball since his return from a stint with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. However, I would still expect Chance Adams and Nestor Cortes Jr. to eat up some innings from the bullpen today.
Position player wise the Yankee’s hottest hitter has been Luke Voit, who hit another home run yesterday off Alverado in the 11th inning. Him and DJ LeMahieu have been really stout defensively at first and second base respectively. Voit had to make some tough tough catches in the sun yesterday while LeMahieu is just continuing to show why he’s won three gold gloves. Gio Urshela also continued swinging a hot bat yesterday picking up another two hits after he hit the walk off in the game on Friday.
Aaron Hicks had his first two hits of the season yesterday, which were a pair of singles hit from both side of the plate. Hicks did make a costly mistake as a base runner however when he blew a stop sign rounding third and Austin Meadows threw him out at the plate from left field. Yesterday was also Hicks third game back from a lower back injury that had sidelined him since spring training, and it’s good to see he’s starting to get some hits.
1. Austin Meadows
2. Tommy Pham
3. Ji-Man Choi
4. Yandy Diaz
5. Brandon Lowe
6. Avisail Garcia
7. Kevin Kiermaier
8. Willy Adames
9. Erik Kratz
Today will mark Charlie Morton 10th start of the season for Tampa Bay. Morton won his last start on the road Tuesday against Miami, throwing six scoreless innings, allowing three hits with no walks and five strikeouts in a 4-0 Rays victory. His last three starts have been successful going 1-0 with a 1.53 ERA, with five walks and 22 strikeouts on 17.2 innings. Morton has had four starts against the Yankees, going 2-1 with a 4.10 ERA, with eight walks and 36 strikeouts on 26.1 innings. Three of those starts have been at Yankee stadium where he’s 1-1 with a 5.30 ERA, with six walks and 26 strikeouts on 18.2 innings.
The Rays enter this series finale with a half-game advantage over the Yankees in the AL East race. Yesterday they got two of their six hits from Ji-Man Choi while Brandon Lowe and Austin Meadows each picked up their ninth home run of the season in the victory. Some stats to keep in mind is that Tampa Bay is 11-2 in their last 13 Sunday games, 5-0 in Morton’s last 5 road starts, including going 4-0 in Morton’s last 4 starts on grass. The Ryas will travel back to Tampa to face a tough Dodger team, which will certainly make for a great inter-league series.
Yankees vs Rays Betting Odds
The line is currently set at Rays -150 Yankees +130. That is mostly because Morton has been successful in his last four starts, but it’s important to remember he has a 5.30 ERA in his three starts at Yankee Stadium. Green is the inferior starting pitcher but the Yankees would sure love to end this series with the division tied up instead of giving Tampa Bay a game and a half lead.
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