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Yankees vs Rays: MLB Betting Odds & Trends – 4/9/2021

The Tampa Bay Rays are listed by oddsmakers at  in their home opener against the New York Yankees () at Tropicana Field on Friday. The matchup starts at 3:10 PM ET. New York’s Corey Kluber and Tampa Bay’s Rich Hill will start this matchup.

The betting insights and predictions in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of April 9, 2021, 2:00 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to bet at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Yankees vs Rays Betting Odds

Pitching Matchup

Kluber (NYY) Pitcher Hill (TB)
0 – 0 W/L 0 – 0
4.0 IP 4.0
2.25 ERA 9.00
2.000 WHIP 1.750
11.3 K/9 9.0
6.8 BB/9 4.5

Yankees Probable Starter Corey Kluber

  • The Yankees will send Kluber (0-0) to make his second start of the season.
  • His most recent time out was on Saturday against the Blue Jays, when the righty went four innings, surrendering one earned run while giving up five hits.
  • The Yankees were favored on the moneyline for one Kluber start this season — they won.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of April 9, 2021 at 2:08 AM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Rays Stats vs Kluber

Player AB AVG H HR RBI OBP OPS
Mike Zunino 15 .133 2 1 1 .133 .466
Joey Wendle 4 .500 2 0 0 .500 1.500
Willy Adames 3 .333 1 0 1 .333 .666
Manuel Margot 3 .333 1 0 0 .333 .666
Brandon Lowe 1 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000

Rays Probable Starter Rich Hill

  • Hill heads to the mound for the Rays to make his second start of the season, seeking his first win.
  • The left-hander’s last appearance was on Saturday, when he threw four innings, giving up four earned runs while allowing five hits against the Marlins.
  • He has yet to start a game this season when his team was the moneyline underdog.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of April 9, 2021 at 2:08 AM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Yankees Stats vs Hill

Player AB AVG H HR RBI OBP OPS
DJ LeMahieu 12 .333 4 0 1 .333 1.000
Brett Gardner 5 .400 2 0 0 .400 .800
Jay Bruce 4 .250 1 1 2 .500 1.500
Giancarlo Stanton 3 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Aaron Hicks 1 1.000 1 0 1 1.000 2.000

Yankees Betting Trends

  • Last season the Yankees scored the fourth-most runs in baseball (315 total, 5.3 per game).
  • The Yankees won 63.8% of the games last season they were the moneyline favorite (30-17).
  • When it played as a moneyline favorite with odds of -139 or shorter, New York went 28-10 (73.7%).
  • New York played in 54 games with a set over/under, and combined with its opponents to go over the total 26 times (26-26-2).

Rays Betting Trends

  • The Rays won nine, or 64.3%, of the 14 games they played as underdogs last season.
  • Tampa Bay had a record of 4-3 when they were set as an underdog of +123 or more by oddsmakers last season.
  • Last season, Tampa Bay and its opponents hit the over in 25 of their 56 games with a total.

Yankees Players to Watch

  • DJ LeMahieu had a batting average of .364 with 71 total hits last season.
  • LeMahieu ranked fifth in hits (71), first in BA (.364), and third in OBP (.421) among qualified batters in MLB.
  • Gio Urshela made the most of his opportunities with 30 runs batted in while collecting 45 hits.

Yankees Batting Stats (2020)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
DJ LeMahieu 195 .364 41 10 27 .421 1.011
Aaron Hicks 169 .225 28 6 21 .376 .790
Gary Sánchez 156 .147 19 10 24 .253 .618
Gio Urshela 151 .298 24 6 30 .368 .858
Gleyber Torres 136 .243 17 3 16 .356 .724
Clint Frazier 131 .267 24 8 26 .394 .905
Brett Gardner 130 .223 20 5 15 .354 .746
Aaron Judge 101 .257 23 9 22 .336 .890
Jay Bruce 96 .198 11 6 14 .245 .714
Mike Tauchman 95 .242 18 0 14 .324 .629

Rays Players to Watch

  • Randy Arozarena finished last season with a .281 batting average while adding seven home runs and 11 RBI.
  • Brandon Lowe is batting .269 last season with a team-high 14 home runs and 37 RBI.
  • Among qualified hitters, Lowe ranked 18th in HR in the league.

Rays Batting Stats (2020)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Brandon Lowe 193 .269 36 14 37 .362 .916
Willy Adames 185 .259 29 8 23 .332 .813
Joey Wendle 168 .286 24 4 17 .339 .774
Yoshitomo Tsutsugo 157 .197 27 8 24 .310 .705
Manuel Margot 145 .269 19 1 11 .327 .679
Austin Meadows 132 .205 19 4 13 .296 .667
Yandy Díaz 114 .307 16 2 11 .423 .809
Michael Brosseau 86 .302 12 5 12 .378 .936
Mike Zunino 75 .147 8 4 10 .238 .598
Randy Arozarena 64 .281 15 7 11 .382 1.023

Yankees vs Rays Player Props

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