The New York Yankees are on pace to win more than 100 games this season, but they are only trending towards a wild card spot in the playoffs, no thanks to the Boston Red Sox playing crazy good. That is also why the Yankees can’t afford to relax, as they go up against the Texas Rangers in a four-game series at home, beginning this Thursday.
Game by Game Betting Preview for the Texas Rangers vs New York Yankees Regular Season Series Running from August 9-12 2018
Where: Yankee Stadium, Bronx
Game 1 Thursday, August 9, 7:05 PM EST
Game 2 Friday, August 10, 7:05 PM EST
Game 3 Saturday, August 11, 1:05 PM EST
Game 4 Sunday, August 12, 1:05 PM EST
Line: Texas Rangers vs New York Yankees – view all MLB lines
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Starters: Ariel Jurado (2-1, 4.02, ERA) vs. J.A. Happ (11-6, 4.05 ERA)
Jurado has looked good on the mound in each of his last two starts. In his most recent outing, he allowed just two earned runs on six hits in 5.0 innings of an 11-3 home win over the slumping Orioles on August 3. He will be in a duel with Happ, who had a fantastic debut as a Yankee on July 29, when he gave up just an earned run on three hits in 6.0 innings of a 6-3 home win over the Royals. Back when he was still with Toronto, Happ pitched for seven innings against the Rangers on April 29, allowing two earned runs on five hits during a 7-2 win at Rogers Centre.
- Opponents are hitting .237 against Jurado this season.
- Delino DeShields is 3-for-6 against Happ.
Prediction: Yankees win, 6-3.
Starters: Mike Minor (8-6, 4.53 ERA) vs. Masahiro Tanaka (9-2, 3.76 ERA)
The Rangers have won in each of Minor’s last two starts, including one on August 4, when the pitcher gave up just an earned run on four hits in seven innings of work on the mound to lead Texas to a 3-1 victory at home against Baltimore. He is 4-2 with a 3.26 ERA in his last 10 starts overall. Tanaka, meanwhile, hasn’t surrendered more than two earned runs in any of his last four trips to the mound. He is 3-2 with a 3.57 ERA in six home starts this season.
- Giancarlo Stanton is 7-for-27 vs. Minor.
- Shin-Soo Choo is 6-for-14 vs. Tanaka.
Prediction: Yankees win, 5-4.
Starters: Drew Hutchison (0-1, 18.00 ERA) vs. Lance Lynn (8-8, 4.58 ERA)
Hutchison was a mess in his debut for the Rangers after getting traded to Texas by the Phillies. The 27-year-old righty gave up six earned runs on six hits in only three innings of work in a 9-6 home loss to Baltimore on August 5. He is 5-4 with a 3.78 ERA in nine career starts to go with a relief appearance against the Yankees. Lynn vaporized the White Sox in his last start, tossing 7.1 shutout innings to go with nine strikeouts in a 7-0 road win on August 6. He is 1-1 with a 1.99 ERA in four appearances (three starts) since the All-Star break.
- Aaron Hicks is 3-for-5 vs. Hutchison.
- Shin-Soo Choo is 4-for-14 vs. Lynn.
Prediction: Texas wins, 5-4.
Starters: Martin Perez (2014, 6.15 ERA) vs. CC Sabathia (6-4, 3.49 ERA)
Perez has not received a decision in any of his last four starts. The last time he toed the rubber, he allowed three earned runs on 10 hits in seven innings of a 4-3 home loss to Seattle on August 6. He is 1-3 with a 5.68 ERA in five road starts this season. Sabathia pitched well in his last outing, allowing just an earned run on four hits to go with 12 strikeouts in 5.2 innings of work to help the Yankees eke out a 4-3 road win over the White Sox on August 7. The Yankees are 3-1 in his last four starts.
- Yankees hitters are batting .250 against Perez.
- Elvis Andrus is 11-for-28 vs. Sabathia.
Prediction: Yankees win, 6-3.
Writer’s Overall Series Prediction
The NY Yankees take a trio from the four played against the Rangers.
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