Tropicana Field St. Petersburg

New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays Pick & Prediction SEPTEMBER 4th 2022

MLB | BASEBALL
TV: MLBN | Bally Sports Network | YES Network
Logo New York Yankees
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Logo Tampa Bay Rays
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OPENNER
7

-1.5 +150
CURRENT
8.5o -101

-116
MONEYLINE
+111

2
SCORE
1

Seven weeks ago, the New York Yankees were drawing comparisons to their 114-win 1998 team.

Now the Yankees are enduring a collapse and possibly inching closer to hearing comparisons to teams such as the 1978 Boston Red Sox, who blew a 14-game lead and the 1951 Brooklyn Dodgers, who squandered a 13-game lead.

New York will attempt to turn the tide and beat the Tampa Bay Rays when the American League East foes conclude a three-game series Sunday afternoon in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The Yankees hit the All-Star break with a 64-28 record but are 15-26 since. New York also is 18-31 since it held a 15 1/2-game lead following a 12-5 win in Boston on July 8.

The lead is down to four games after Aaron Judge's 52nd homer in the ninth inning accounted for New York's only run in Saturday's 2-1 loss, which followed a 9-0 loss Friday that manager Aaron Boone described as "embarrassing."

"It's time to roll,'' New York designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton said. "We know where it's at; we have to keep pushing and get tomorrow."

It marked New York's sixth loss in seven games since its five-game winning streak in the wake of manager Boone slamming his right hand on the interview room table following a 5-2 loss to Toronto on Aug. 20.

"We have the people to do it," Boone said. "If we don't dig ourselves out, you'll have a great story to write. We're going to find out what we're made of. All the noise, a lot of people out there really mad. What's our response?"

Like the 1951 New York Giants and 1978 Yankees, the Rays are pulling off a late-season surge. They have outscored foes 32-8 during a five-game winning streak and are 20-8 since Aug. 3.

Yandy Diaz's two-run single in the third inning accounted for Tampa Bay's runs and Stanton was thrown out as he attempted to advance to second in the first.

The Rays are 4-1 in the past five meetings with the Yankees and are within four games for the first time since May 11. They last were within three games on May 9.

"I think we always knew we had a shot," Tampa Bay shortstop Taylor Walls said. "Nothing's given, though. They're still four games ahead. We can't look too far ahead."

Frankie Montas (4-11, 3.94 ERA) will make his sixth start since being obtained from Oakland at the trade deadline. He is 0-2 with a 7.01 ERA with the Yankees and has allowed at least four runs in three starts so far, including Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels when he allowed four runs on eight hits (three homers) in six innings.

Montas is 2-1 with a 1.87 ERA in six career appearances (five starts) against Tampa Bay. Montas pitched seven scoreless innings in a no-decision against the Rays May 4 in Oakland and allowed two runs (one earned) in 6 1/3 innings to earn the win April 13 on the road.

Tampa Bay is expected to begin Sunday with Shawn Armstrong (2-1, 4.72) as its opener before using Ryan Yarbrough (1-8, 4.87) as its bulk reliever.

Yarbrough allowed five runs in 3 1/3 innings Aug. 26 in Boston but earned the win when he allowed three hits in four innings of a 4-0 win in New York on Aug. 15.

Yarbrough is 6-3 with a 2.31 ERA in 11 career outings against New York.

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
New York Yankees
4
3
Tampa Bay Rays

New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays Recap SEP 4TH 2022

Aaron Judge hit his 53rd homer two pitches in the game and added a run in the seventh inning as the New York Yankees held on for a 2-1 victory over the host Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday at St. Petersburg, Fla.

The Yankees ended an underwhelming 4-6 road trip by winning for the second time in eight games following a five-game winning streak. They will head back to New York with a five-game lead over Tampa Bay in the AL East.

The Yankees are 19-31 since holding a 15 1/2 game lead following their 12-5 win at Boston on July 8 and 16-26 since the All-Star break.

New York had just three runs in the series with Judge involved in all of them after also hitting a home run Saturday. He had five of the Yankees' 14 hits in the three games.

On Sunday, Judge hit a 450-foot homer off Tampa Bay opener Shawn Armstrong (2-2), had three hits and scored on a sacrifice fly by rookie Oswaldo Cabrera in the seventh.

Rays pinch hitter Francisco Mejia had an RBI single in the ninth as Tampa Bay saw a five-game winning streak stopped and missed a chance at getting within three games of the lead for the first time since May 9.

The Rays also dropped to 20-9 since Aug. 3 and visit New York for the final three games of the season series next weekend.

Frankie Montas (5-11) allowed a single in the third to Yandy Diaz and pitched five innings for his first win since joining the Yankees from the Oakland Athletics at the trade deadline. Montas struck out seven, walked none and worked around two errors.

Armstrong allowed one hit in three innings before bulk reliever Ryan Yarbrough allowed three hits in 2 2/3 innings. Colin Poche allowed Cabrera's fly ball and stranded a runner in the seventh.

Judge hit his third career leadoff homer when he blasted Armstrong's 1-0 sinker off a catwalk in left field. The Yankees had runners on in every inning except the third and seventh, including the second when Donaldson took exception to ball four being up and in.

Before heading to first, Donaldson stared and began yelling at Armstrong. The benches and bullpens cleared but no punches were thrown, and the game quickly resumed after umpires issued warnings.

Four relievers followed Montas, including Jonathan Loaisiga, who escaped a bases-loaded jam in the seventh when he got Diaz to ground into a fielder's choice.

New York's Clay Holmes stranded runners at second and third for his 18th save, ending the game when he retired Diaz on a called third strike.

--Field Level Media

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