Yankees at Rangers - 4/27/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Yankees (8-11) at Texas Rangers (11-10)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)
C Sabathia (1-1) (5.28) vs. M Perez (0-2) (4.50)
The Line: Texas Rangers +100 / New York Yankees -110 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
The New York Yankees and Texas Rangers play a rubber game Wednesday night on ESPN.
The New York Yankees could use a win after losing eight of their last 12 games. The Yankees bats continue to be an issue, as they’ve scored three or less runs in seven of their last eight games. The New York Yankees have just four runs in this series and have lost 10 of their last 13 games when scoring three or less runs. Starlin Castro leads New York with 20 hits, Mark Teixeira has 10 RBI and Carlos Beltran has four home runs. CC Sabathia gets the ball, and he’s 1-1 with a 5.28 ERA and 10 strikeouts this season. Sabathia is 11-4 with a 5.00 ERA and 106 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.
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The Texas Rangers look for consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Rangers scored 10 runs in Tuesday's win and have scored five or more runs in six of their last 11 games. The Texas Rangers are 9-2 this season when scoring more than three runs. Adrian Beltre leads Texas with 24 hits, Elvis Andrus has 12 RBI and Rougned Odor has three home runs. Martin Perez takes the hill, and he’s 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA and 11 strikeouts this season. This will be Perez’s second career game against the Yankees.
The Yankees are 2-5 in their last 7 during game 3 of a series and 1-4 in Sabathias last 5 starts with 4 days of rest. The Rangers are 2-5 in their last 7 vs. American League East and 0-7 in Perezs last 7 starts. The Yankees are 7-2 in Sabathias last 9 starts vs. Rangers.
Sabathia has owned the Rangers throughout his career, which includes a 7-2 record in his last nine outtings. Perez hasn't won any of his last seven starts. So, while I like the Rangers lineup a lot more, I have to side with Sabathia as the better pitcher for the victory.