In a game that starts soon, Shane McClanahan of the Tampa Bay Rays and Gerrit Cole of the New York Yankees will take to the mound on Wednesday night in Major League Baseball action. With a starting time of 7:05 PM ET, first pitch isn’t that far off. Accordingly, we’ll get right to our MLB betting tips for the day.

Tampa Bay vs New York preview

The stakes are high in this contest. The Tampa Bay Rays are in pursuit of the Baltimore Orioles, a team that is playing very well. The Rays cannot afford to lose many games as catching Baltimore may prove difficult.

Meanwhile, the Yankees could be on the verge of falling down in the Wild Card race. Right now, they are still in it but if they keep playing badly, then it won’t be long until they are well back of the No. 3 Wild Card. There are other teams making strong pushes right now, meaning New York will have to make one of their own — just to stay in contention.

Back Gerrit Cole Pitching at Home

The game’s pitching match-up leaves nothing to be desired. Cole is bet365’s favorite to win the AL Cy Young while McClanahan is the third favorite. But the latter is struggling right now with just a 6.00 ERA for the month of July.

Yet, Tampa Bay, as a team, may have recently caught fire. They have triumphed in four out of their last five games. That is actually a break from the recent form that saw them struggle for most of June and July.

In contrast, the Yankees’ performance since the All-Star break has been lackluster, with a disappointing 6-9 record. Their overall season standing of .514 is just enough to keep them within reach of the final Wild Card spot. However, the competition for that coveted position is fierce, with numerous teams vying for it. If the Yankees fail to reverse their fortunes promptly, they risk falling far behind their rivals in a blink of an eye.

With the Cy Young favorite ready to dominate the game, the Yankees seem like a safe bet. We suggest placing your bets on the Yankees to secure a victory, as the odds are in their favor at -110 on the moneyline. Don’t miss out on this exciting matchup, scheduled to begin at 7:05 PM ET.

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