Texas Rangers vs. New York Yankees MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/30/14
New York Yankees (54-51) at Texas Rangers (42-64)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)
Hiroki Kuroda (R) (7-6) (3.986) vs. Colby Lewis (R) (6-8) (6.231)
The Line: Texas Rangers +137 / New York Yankees -147 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: YES, FSN-SW
The Texas Rangers and New York Yankees play a rubber match on Wednesday night.
The Yankees are 8-4 since the All Star break and four games above a .500 record. The Yankees barely survived their win on Tuesday, as their pitching staff allowed 11 runs. The Yankees pitching has an ERA of 3.82 and has allowed four or more runs in five straight games. Offensively, Mark Teixeira has homered three times in his last 10 games and Brett Gardner has seven hits in this series. Taking the hill is Hiroki Kuroda, who is 7-6 with a 3.99 ERA and has 89 strikeouts in 128.2 innings. Kuroda is 2-2 with a 2.08 ERA in five career starts against the Rangers.
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The Rangers are 4-8 since the All Star break and drop to 23 games below a .500 record. As usual, the Rangers pitching staff is blowing up the spot, allowing four or more runs in 13 of their last 20 games, including 12 runs in Tuesday’s loss. Overall, the Rangers have an ERA of 4.81, which is 29th in the majors. Offensively, Adrian Beltre has an RBI in three straight games and Alex Rios has five hits in this series. Starting is Colby Lewis, who is 6-8 with a 6.23 ERA and has 80 strikeouts in 95.1 innings. Lewis is 0-3 with a 6.14 ERA in four career starts against the Yankees.
The Yankees are 4-0 in Kurodas last 4 starts as a favorite and 5-2 in Kurodas last 7 starts overall. The Rangers are 6-14 in Lewis' last 20 starts during game 3 of a series and 1-5 in Lewis' last 6 starts overall.
I've asked the question before and I'll ask it again. Do you trust the Rangers? Yeah. Me neither.