The Yankees are usually favored at Tampa in baseball betting even though the Rays are a very good team.
Baseball futures favor the Yankees to win the American League and to win the World Series. The Rays are in the mix though. Tampa has started the season well and they are a contender. The Rays have struggled against New York though. Before this series began they had lost 13 of the last 20 against the Yankees.
A big key in this game in baseball betting will be the pitching and Tampa has a staff that can match New York in many areas. The one strength for New York though is the bullpen with Mariano Rivera at the back end and Joba Chamberlain setting him up. Joba has regained the setup role but he will not be overused by manager Joe Girardi. "I'm not afraid for him to go back-to-back at this point," Girardi said. "But I'm not real comfortable -- and depending on how he feels -- in going three out of four days." What has helped the Yankees early in the season is the addition of Chan Ho Park. They picked him up in the off-season and he is pitching just like he did last year for the Phillies.
The Yankees have a powerful lineup of sluggers who can impact baseball futures including Alex Rodriguez and they also have Nick Swisher who is off to a nice start. Swisher struggled late last season but came into camp in better shape and he has worked hard with hitting coach Kevin Long. "That put me in the right frame of mind," Swisher said. "I'm glad that happened, because I learned a lot from it. I had a great offseason and just want to continue to keep things going." He has been a big key to the New York offense early this year. "Swish has swung the bat great since he came to Spring Training," manager Joe Girardi said. "I know Spring Training is one thing compared to the season, but his approach has been outstanding. He made an adjustment right-handed last year at the end of the year, and he made an adjustment left-handed over the winter. He's seeing the ball great, he's really swinging the bat great and he has the ability to do a lot of damage."