Joe D'Amico's MLB 86%, 6-1 Diamond Winner
NY Yankees vs. Tampa Bay,
07/03/2012 19:10 EDT,
Score: 4 - 7
Money Line: -117 NY Yankees
Today's winner is New York over Tampa Bay. This is my Diamond Play.
Since June 1st, New York has gone 20-8. If it weren't for a rare error by 1B, Mark Teixeira, the Yankees would have taken LNs game against the Rays. The Bronx Bombers are crushing the ball as they lead the Majors with 124 HRs and rank 6th in scoring at 4.76 RPG. The lineup has six batters in DDs when it comes to round-trippers. Both Cano and Jeter are only a few hits away from hitting the century mark while Cano, Swisher, Teixeira, and Granderson are each approaching 50 RBI's on the season. The team sends Ivan Nova to the mound. The RH is 9-2 with a 4.03 ERA, including a perfect 6-0 mark on the road. Nova is 2-0 with a 1.80 record against Tampa Bay this season to bring his overall career record up to 4-0 vs. the Rays. Tampa Bay has dropped 6 of their L8 overall, averaging just 2.6 RPG in that span. Their hitters are a combined 20-118 (.169) vs. Nova. DH, Hideki Matsui left Mondays game with an injury and is listed as questionable today. The Rays are already sorely missing sluggers Longoria and Joyce (out due to injury). James Shields gets the nod here. The RH is 7-5 with an ERA of 4.04 so far, which includes an 0-2, 7.88 mark against NY. In his career, Shields is 5-13 when starting vs. the Yankees. Robinson Cano has lit up Shields, going 27 for 65 with 4 Homers. The Rays are 2-5 their L7 games played following a win, 2-5 their L7 games played vs. RH starters, and 1-5 in Shields L6 overall starts. The Yankees are 23-7 their L30 games played as a favorite, 7-0 their L7 games played vs. RH starters, and 25-7 in Novas L32 starts. Take New York. Thank you.