New York Yankees vs. Texas Rangers Pick-Odds-Prediction - 7/21/14
Texas Rangers (39-58) at New York Yankees (49-47)
MLB Baseball: Monday, July 21, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)
Miles Mikolas (R) (0-2) (10.049) vs. Shane Greene (R) (2-0) (1.350)
The Line: New York Yankees -150 / Texas Rangers +140 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
The Texas Rangers travel to the Big Apple to begin a series with the New York Yankees on Monday.
The Rangers need a huge second half run and a lot of help to get back in the American League West conversation but the odds are stacked against them in both regards. The work on the mound cost them Sunday in a 9-6 defeat at Toronto. Starter Nick Tepesch gave up four runs in 4.1 frames with Neftali Perez taking the loss with a run allowed before Matt West charged with three 8th inning runs to put this one out of reach. The Offense racked up 12 hits and four walks with Daniel Robertson driving in four runs. The Rangers begin the series on the mound with rookie Miles Mikolas who faces the Yankees for the first time. Mikolas is 0-2 with an ERA north of ten in his three starts.
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The Yankees have been playing good baseball of late and the result has them second in the American League East behind Baltimore. The Bronx Bombers have won seven of eleven with both the arms and bats coming through after a 3-2 decision over visiting Cincinnati on Sunday to complete the three game sweep of the Reds. Hiroki Kuroda was at the top of his game with an unearned run scored through 6.2 innings but did not get a decision when Dellin Betances serving up a solo homer to tie the game 2-2. The Yankees logged eleven hits with Derek Jeter, Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian McCann driving in runs. Rookie right hander Shane Greene gets his third start of 2014 against the visiting Rangers. Greene has won both of his outings with a 1.32 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP covering 13.2 innings of work.
Not much to go on from a pitching standpoint with a pair of rookies with no experience. I'll just go with the better team in this case...