The New York Yankees and Texas Rangers meet for the 6th time in the past 9 days tonight in Arlington. I’m a successful 5-0 in my picks thus far. To see all of my picks along with the website founder Niko’s picks on other sports check this out.
Tonight’s chosen match-up: New York Yankees (54-51) @ Texas Rangers (42-64)
The New York Yankees come in to tonight’s ballgame losers of their last 3 games. The Yankees have allowed 4 or more runs in their last 4 games. The team currently sits in 3rd place in the AL East, 4.5 games behind the leader Baltimore Orioles. They are 2 games behind the 2nd wildcard spot (currently belonging to another AL East member the Toronto Blue Jays). Last night in a 4-2 loss to the Rangers outfielder Brett Gardner hit a pair of home runs. Their starting pitcher tonight is the recently acquired Brandon McCarthy. Since being traded to the Yankees on July 6th McCarthy is 2-0 with a 1.45 era in 3 starts. On the season (Diamondbacks/Yankees combined) he is 5-10 with a 4.49 era. The Texas Rangers are the hosts tonight as they continue their surprisingly putrid season. The Rangers are 5-21 in their last 26 games. the team has failed to score more than 3 runs in 5 of their last 7 games. They currently have the worst record in all of major league baseball. Their starting pitcher tonight is Nick Martinez. Martinez enters the contest with a 1-6 record and a 4.73 era. In his last start on July 22nd he gave up no runs in 5.1 innings of work that resulted in a no-decision versus this same Yankees squad. He’s lasted 5 or more innings in 5 of his last 7 starts but has a 0-5 record. His poor record in those 7 starts are the result of allowing an average of 4 earned runs and 6 hits.
New York is 3-2 versus Texas this season. The Yankees are 13-13 versus the AL West this season while the Rangers are 8-19 versus the AL East this season.
Yankees vs Rangers Prediction
The Yankees may have found a temporary solution (for injured starter Masahiro Tanaka) in McCarthy. If he pitches tonight like has in his first 3 starts with the Yankees the Rangers’ bats will be silent.
Take the Yankees -175 (Bovada.lv)