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New York Yankees vs. Texas Rangers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/24/14

Texas Rangers (40-60) at New York Yankees (51-48)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 1:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)

Colby Lewis (R) (6-7) (6.371) vs. Brandon McCarthy (R) (4-10) (4.635)

The Line: New York Yankees -200 / Texas Rangers +185 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN-SW, YES, MLB Network

The Texas Rangers and New York Yankees wrap up their four-game series on Thursday.

The Rangers have lost four of six games since the All Star break and have won just three games overall in the month of July. The main issue for the Rangers hasn’t changed, as their pitching staff has allowed four or more runs in nine of their last 13 games. Overall, the Rangers have an ERA of 4.85 and have lost 14 straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Adrian Beltre has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games and Leonys Martin has four hits in this series. Colby Lewis takes the hill, and he’s 6-7 with a 6.37 ERA and has 78 strikeouts in 89 innings. Lewis is 0-2 with a 6.89 ERA in three career starts against the Yankees.

New York Yankees vs. Texas Rangers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/24/14

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The Yankees are 5-1 since the All Star break and have improved to four games above a .500 record. Although the Yankees pitching staff is banged up from top to bottom, they’ve allowed three or fewer runs in eight of their last nine games. Overall, the Yankees have an ERA of 3.82, which is 17th best in the majors. Offensively, Jacoby Ellsbury has 14 hits in his last 10 games and Brett Gardner has homered twice in his last seven games. Starting is Brandon McCarthy, who is 4-10 with a 4.63 ERA and has 105 strikeouts in 122.1 innings. McCarthy is 2-5 with a 4.70 ERA in 12 career games against the Rangers.

The Rangers are 6-2 in Lewis' last 8 road starts and 1-4 in Lewis' last 5 starts overall. The Yankees are 46-20 in their last 66 during game 4 of a series and 4-1 in their last 5 games as a favorite. 

Is Tanaka on the mound or something? Look, I know the Rangers have been terrible, but these odds are insane. McCarthy hasn't been good at all this season and the Rangers are more than capable of putting runs on the board. I'll take Texas at these odds. 

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Texas Rangers +185

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