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July 27, 2017

There is one pick today.

Take New York Yankees (-120) on the ML against Tampa Bay Rays risking 3.6% to win 3%.
(Sabathia and Archer must start for wager to have action)

An important series in the American League East kicks off tonight as the New York Yankees open a series with the Tampa Bay Rays from from Yankee Stadium. Game one should feature one of the best pitching matchups of the night as Chris Archer squares off against C.C. Sabathia. While both pitchers have had successful seasons up until this point, this matchup has been fairly one-sided in recent history as Tampa has dropped 18 of their last 24 when visiting Yankee Stadium.

Archer is one of the hardest throwing pitchers in the league and is currently second in the AL in strikeouts with 167 on the season. That being said, he has not had the greatest success against New York in his career, with the Rays losing 7 of their last 8 meetings with the Yankees when Archer has taken the mound. Archer is also 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA in 2 meetings with New York this season.

On the opposite side, C.C. Sabathia is having a career resurrecting season as he is 9-3 with 3.44 ERA on the season. He has allowed two or fewer runs in 8 of his last 9 starts. Sabathia has had a ton of success against the Rays recently going 2-0 with an impressive 0.90 ERA in two appearances this season. The Yankees have also won 7 straight games against the Rays when Sabathia has taken the hill.

Both teams come into this contest looking to keep their place in the AL East standings so this series is extremely important for both teams. That being said, the Yankees are playing well at home at the moment and have dominated the Rays in recent meetings. If Sabathia continues pitching the way he has been all season, the Yankees offense have seen enough of Archer that they should be able to plate just a few more runs and come away with the victory.

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