New York Yankees vs. Texas Rangers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/22/14
Texas Rangers (39-59) at New York Yankees (50-47)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)
Nick Martinez (R) (1-5) (6.018) vs. Chase Whitley (R) (3-3) (5.297)
The Line: New York Yankees -157 / Texas Rangers +147 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-SW, MY9
The Texas Rangers and New York Yankees square off for game two of their four-game series on Tuesday.
The Rangers are trying to get back on track, as they’re 2-2 since the All Star break, but they remain 19 games below a .500 record. The good news for the Rangers is that their offense is picking up the pace a little bit, scoring a combined 16 runs in their last four games. Adrian Beltre has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games and Elvis Andrus has a five-game hitting streak. Pitching wise, the Rangers have an ERA of 4.93. Nick Martinez takes the hill, and he’s 1-6 with a 5.10 ERA and has 29 strikeouts 67 innings. This is Martinez’s first career game against the Yankees.
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Although the Yankees are 3-1 since the All Star break, they’ve split their last 10 games overall. The Yankees pitching staff has done a decent job lately given the circumstances, holding eight of their last 13 opponents to three or less runs. Overall, the Yankees have an ERA of 3.87, which is 17th in the league. Offensively, Jacoby Ellsbury has six hits in his last two games and Brian McCann has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games. Starting is Chase Whitley, who is 4-3 with a 5.10 ERA and has 40 strikeouts in 54.2 innings. This is Whitley’s first career game against the Rangers.
The Rangers are 1-4 in Martinezs last 5 starts during game 2 of a series and 0-6 in Martinezs last 6 starts overall. The Yankees are 8-3 in their last 11 games as a home favorite and 7-3 in Whitleys last 10 starts on grass. The Rangers are 3-9 in the last 12 meetings in New York.
Martinez has shown me no reason to back him this season, and the Rangers have shown little reason to back them over the last two months. I usually shy away from the huge chalk, but I'll take the Yankees in this spot.