2019-09-02 12:05:00 EDT
The Texas Rangers and the New York Yankees will meet up on the MLB diamond to kick off their series on Monday.
The Rangers are coming out of a set against the Mariners. Texas fell Thursday but took the Friday and Saturday games in that series. On Sunday in the finale, the Rangers fell 11-3.
For the Monday game, Texas will send out Mike Minor in the start. Across his 174.1 innings and 11-8 mark so far, Minor has a 3.25 ERA with 175 Ks and 57 BBs.
Over on the Yankees’ side, they’re coming off a series versus the A’s. New York split the first pair of games in that set 8-2 (loss) and 4-3 (win). On Sunday, the Yankees scored five runs in the final two innings for a thrilling comeback 5-4 win.
For Monday’s start, New York will send out Masahiro Tanaka. Over 157.0 innings and a 10-7 record this year, Tanaka has a 4.47 ERA with 128 Ks and 37 BBs.
The Rangers are 4-1 in Minor’s last five Monday starts and 7-2 in his last nine road starts versus a team with a winning record. Texas is 3-9 in Minor’s last 12 starts in game one of a series and they’re 1-6 in the last seven in game one of a series.
Meanwhile, the Yankees are 37-16 in the last 53 in game one of a series and 37-17 in their last 54 Monday games. The over is 5-1-1 in New York’s last seven Monday games as well.
Minor had a three-game quality start streak going last month, going 2-1 in that time. Since then however, he’s given up 10 earned on 14 hits in a span of 12.1 innings. Both those games were against the Angels, though.
All things considered, if the Yankees bats show up in this one it should be New York’s game to control.