Two division rivals clash tonight in a series finale and there’s no better spot to target today than this one. The Rays and Yankees have collided six times this season. No run was scored in the first inning in four of those six games. The Rays scored in zero of those six innings.
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Luis Severino has been very efficient in the first inning this season, only allowing a run once out of eleven starts. The Rays will be throwing Jalen Beeks, who has a 1.29 ERA this season and has allowed one earned run in his last 14.1 innings pitched.
The Yankees strike out the third most times in the league against left handed pitching which helps this play a lot. Both of these teams have struggled to score in the first inning this season. The Rays have scored in the first inning just twice in their last ten games. The Yankees have done it fairly often recently, but due to regress.
Two stud pitchers on the mound, a low vegas implied total of 7.5 runs, and a division rivalry game is the perfect recipe for a clean first inning tonight. Let’s lock it in and enjoy the game.