Yankees vs. Rays prediction and odds for Saturday, Aug. 26 (Tampa Bay's bats are coming around)

The best bet between these AL East rivals is on Tampa Bay's lineup.
Aug 24, 2023; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA;  Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Isaac Paredes (17) runs
Aug 24, 2023; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Isaac Paredes (17) runs / Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports
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The Rays dropped the first game of a weekend set against the Yankees, but will look to get back on track with Tyler Glasnow on the mound.

The Rays enter as prohibitive favorites against the struggling Yankees, but is there unique betting value backing the Tampa Bay offense against Yankees starter Clarke Schmidt? Let me explain with Saturday's best bet:

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Yankees vs. Rays odds, run line and total

Yankees vs. Rays prediction and pick

The Yankees right hander has struggled all season and I'm looking forward to fading him against a Rays lineup that is starting to find its form.

After a mid-season slump at the plate, the Rays are dangerous once again at the plate. The club is hitting a blistering .285 at the plate in August and is sixth in overall OPS. The team gets to face Schmidt on Saturday, who has allowed a ton of hard contact this season, over one home run per nine innings and opponents are hitting .315 on batted balls in play.

Schmidt faced the Rays once this season, allowing seven earned runs in four-and-two-thirds innings, and I expect a similar outcome on Saturday.

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