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Texas Rangers vs. New York Yankees - 9/8/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Yankees (75-64) at Texas Rangers (70-69)

MLB Baseball: Friday, September 8, 2017 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)

Masahiro Tanaka (11-10) (4.54) vs. M Perez (11-10) (4.82)

The Line: Texas Rangers +135 / New York Yankees -145 --- Over/Under: 11 See the Latest Odds

TV: YES, FSSW

Down in Arlington at Globe Life Park on Friday, the New York Yankees and the Texas Rangers will be kicking off their weekend MLB series. 

The Yankees are coming off a series against the Orioles. New York won the first game, lost the second in walk-off fashion, then won the series with a big 9-1 victory on Thursday. 

Texas Rangers vs. New York Yankees - 9/8/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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New York will be bringing out RHP Masahiro Tanaka on Friday. In his 154.2 innings and 11-10 record this year, Tanaka has a 4.54 ERA with 158 Ks and 36 BBs. 

The Yankees have some notable hitters this year. Brett Gardner came into Thursday with 131 hits, 84 runs, 20 homers and 54 RBI while Didi Gregorius had 130 hits, 59 runs, 20 homers and 66 RBI in that span. Gardner had two hits and two runs on Thursday; Gregorius posted three hits, two runs and an RBI. 

Over on the Rangers’ side, they just finished up against the Braves. Texas won the first pair of games but lost the finale Wednesday 5-4 to prevent the sweep. 

The Rangers will be bringing out LHP Martin Perez on Friday. In his 157.0 innings and 11-10 record this year, Perez has a 4.87 ERA with 98 Ks and 52 BBs. 

Texas has some great hitters as well. Elvis Andrus is way out front on 170 hits, 91 runs, 20 homers and 80 RBI while Shin-Soo Choo is sitting on 124 hits, 85 runs, 18 homers and 66 RBI. 

The Yankees are 5-2 in their last seven versus the AL West, and 1-4 in their last five Friday games. New York is also 4-0 in Tanaka’s last four starts and 8-1 in Tanaka’s last nine Friday starts. 

Meanwhile, the Rangers are 9-1 in their last 10 games following an off day and 7-1 in their last eight during game one of a series. Texas is also 6-0 in Perez’s last six starts and 4-0 in Perez’s last four starts versus a team with a winning record. 

Tanaka has been on a nice run lately. In his last three starts, he’s given up a total of five earned to go 3-0, and he’s lasted 7.0 innings in each. As for Perez, he’s got three straight quality starts under his belt, giving up a total of five earned in a span of 20.0 innings. He’s also sitting on a six-game win streak. This should be a fun pitching matchup to watch, but I think Perez and the Rangers are more reliable right now. The under is probably the most sensible play, however.

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