Texas Rangers (51-65) at New York Yankees (71-42)
MLB: Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 7:10 PM ET (Yankee Stadium)
Line & Odds: Texas Rangers +196 / New York Yankees -220 – O/U 9.5
Free MLB Pick Texas Rangers vs New York Yankees
The New York Yankees look to sweep another sub .500 team as they kick off a four-game series against the always unpredictable Texas Rangers in the Bronx.
Hand, foot and mouth disease held recently-acquired starting pitcher J.A. Happ out of the lineup for the Yankees for his last two scheduled starts. In his lone start for the Yanks this year he went 6 innings and only gave up 1 run. On the year, the 35-year old lefty is 11-6 with a 4.05 ERA. The biggest stories surrounding the Yankees have been the injuries. There are still major concerns surrounding the health of sluggers Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez. Now there are reports that Giancarlo Stanton is having trouble with a nagging hamstring. Of course, that didn’t stop him from hitting a grand slam in last night’s game against the White Sox. Stanton has an average of .279 with 27 home runs this season and in the month of August he’s hitting .294. It’s going to be interesting if the Yankees are going to risk exacerbating his sore hamstring by leaning on him while Sanchez and Judge sit. They don’t play a team with a winning record until September 3 when they face the Oakland Athletics. This makes an already difficult situation even harder to navigate. Ideally, this is the time to make a push and gain as much ground on the Red Sox as possible but with the mounting health issues they are facing, it could be difficult. The good news for manager Aaron Boone is that the New York sports culture has historically been even-keeled and forgiving…
On the year, rookie right-handed pitcher Ariel Jurado is 2-1 with an ERA of 4.02. His first start was in May, but since being called back up at the end of July he is 2-0 with an ERA of 2.45. Admittedly, it’s a small sample size and he received a good amount of run support and one of the teams was the Orioles. At least the other team was the Astros and he handled his own. It’s going to help that the Yankees are beat up and have never faced Jurado before. Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor has been playing great baseball lately. Last week he was named Player of the Week by hitting 304/.488/.870. He has also improved his defense substantially; he’s on pace for 10 errors instead of the 19+ he has averaged over the last three years. It’s also worth mentioning that the Rangers have a substantial home run threat in right fielder Joey Gallo. Gallo strikes out a lot and his average reflects that (.202) but he is currently tied for 4th in the league in home runs with 31. The Rangers as a team are inconsistent but are 9-3 in their last 12.
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New York Yankees
NY Yankees are 18-7 SU in last 25 games at home
NY Yankees are 3-7 SU in last 10 at home against the Rangers
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Yankees’ last 6 games
Texas is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas’s last 6 games on the road
Free MLB Prediction New York Yankees vs Texas Rangers
This game has the potential to get out of hand for either side. Sometimes, the Rangers go off and the bats are hot. They’ve scored 11 in their last 2 and had a 17 run game a few prior. Other times, it seems they struggle to make it to first base which makes me wary of the over/under. The Yankees are certainly more consistent, that’s why they are having a much better season. It’s interesting that the two starting pitchers reflect their teams this year. Jurado had a disastrous opener, was sent down and has come back throwing well. It’s his first trip to New York as a pro which could shake him up but I don’t think so. On the other side is Happ who is stable and consistent except for his recent contagious status. I do wonder if his illness will have any effect on his stuff. The Rangers are hot right now and the Yankees are ready to take a game off. I expect the Rangers to bring some of that Texas heat to the Big Apple and roast ’em.