Texas Rangers vs. New York Yankees - 4/26/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Yankees (7-10) at Texas Rangers (10-9)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)
Luis Severino (0-2) (4.86) vs. A Griffin (2-0) (3.18)
The Line: Texas Rangers +100 / New York Yankees -110 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: YES, FSSW
Down at Globe Life Park on Tuesday evening, the New York Yankees and the Texas Rangers will clash in game two of their series this week.
In Monday’s game one, New York drew first blood, scoring twice in the third inning on the way to a 3-1 victory--and out-hitting the Rangers 10-3 in the game.
For Tuesday’s matchup, the Yankees will be rolling out right-hander Luis Severino. Although he got knocked around in his first couple of games, Severino is coming off a nice six-inning effort against the A’s on Thursday, yielding two runs on seven hits. That gives Severino a 4.86 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP with a 11:1 K:BB ratio thus far.
The veteran Yankees hitters will be looking for some consistency in this series, but they’ve got the talent to find it. Carlos Beltran has played well so far, with 18 hits, 11 runs, four homers and nine RBI to his credit. Starlin Castro has been a nice find for New York, and has produced 20 hits with 11 RBI. Castro bashed his third homer of the year on Monday. First baseman Mark Teixeira has been able to secure three homers with 10 runs this year, but his BA has dipped to an ugly .238. That said, Teixeira had a solid outing Monday with a 2-for-4 line.
Over on the Rangers’ side, we’ll be seeing right-hander A.J. Griffin for Tuesday’s matchup. Griffin has battled arm/shoulder issues over the past couple of years, so he comes into 2016 under the proverbial radar. In his three starts so far, Griffin has posted a solid 3.18 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP and a 12:8 K:BB ratio for a 2-0 record.
The Texas hitters boast some notable and very capable names. Adrian Beltre has come in strong with 23 hits, three homers and 12 RBI to set the pace, while Elvis Andrus has provided 20 hits with 11 RBI. Beltre and Andrus combined to go 0-for-7 in Monday’s opener, though. Prince Fielder has collected 14 RBI so far, but has also struggled with his .187 BA.
The Yankees are 1-4 in their last five Tuesday games, and 0-4 in Severino’s last four starts.
As for the Rangers, they’re 7-1 in their last eight Tuesday games, and 4-1 in their last five home games overall.
Even without the current trends in mind, I’m pretty pessimistic on the Yankees this year; New York doesn’t have the pitching to supplement the inevitable ups and downs of their aging lineup. I like Griffin to continue his steady pace here, so I’ll take the Rangers for the game two victory.
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