New York Yankees vs. Texas Rangers
The Texas Rangers and the New York Yankees meet for the rubber match of their series as they play game three in Arlington on Wednesday. The Rangers are -130 favorites over the Yankees with an over/under run total set at 10.5.
The Texas Rangers bounced back from Monday’s loss as they played in a rare defensive struggle beating the Yankees on Tuesday. Ian Kinsler hit a solo home run, Josh Hamilton had a hit and drive in a run, and Nelson Cruz had a hit as the Rangers scored twice on Five hits for the game. On the mound Yu Darvish showed very good stuff for the second straight outing as he allowed seven hits and struck out 10 over 8.1 shutout innings to get his third win and Joe Nathan earned his fifth save of the year. For Wednesday’s game Texas starts Scott Feldman who has only worked out of the bullpen so far for this season. For the year Feldman has allowed one hit in two innings of work though Feldman has done plenty of starting over the course of his career.
The New York Yankees came out swinging to start the series in Texas on Monday but on Tuesday they were blanked on the scoreboard. Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano had two hits each and Nick Swisher had a hit as the Yankees had seven hits but didn’t score a run. On the mound Hiroki Kuroda allowed five hits and two earned runs while striking out five over 6.2 innings to take his third loss of the year. For Wednesday’s game New York starts Phil Hughes who won his last time out. For the season Hughes has allowed 19 hits and 10 earned runs while striking out 15 over 13.1 innings of work for a 6.75 ERA.
Texas is 6-1 in their last seven against the A.L. East, 39-14 in their last 53 games overall, and 1-4 in Feldman’s last five home starts. New York is 4-1 in their last five games overall, 6-3 in their last nine against the A.L. West, and 7-3 in Hughes’ last 10 starts. New York is 5-1 in the last six meetings of these two.
With these two on the mound and these bats I look for the over to be a solid play.