New York Yankees vs. Texas Rangers
The New York Yankees and Texas Rangers face of on Tuesday for game one of their series at Yankee Stadium. The Rangers are -117 favorites over the Yankees with an over/under run total set at 8.
The New York Yankees continue to play on without key pieces of their team, but despite this and having their share of up and downs on the field, they remain very much in contention in the American League East. The Yankees are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 22-16 at home this season, and they are 2.5 games back in the AL East. As a team, the Yankees are hitting .239 with Brett Gardener hitting .287, Robinson Cano hitting .276, and Ichiro Suzuki hitting .267. The Yankees opponents are hitting .257, with the New York pitching staff having an ERA of 3.79 with the starters at 3.96 and the bullpen at 3.44. For game one in the Bronx the Yankees start Hiroki Kuroda, who won last time out to end a personal three decision losing streak. For the season Kuroda has allowed 80 hits and 29 earned runs, while striking out 62 over 94 innings for a 7-5 record and a 2.78 ERA.
The Texas Rangers appeared tired and were fading, but have recently caught fire again, winning their last five games in a row and regaining the lead in the AL West. The Rangers are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 22-17 on the road this season, and they have a game lead on the Oakland A’s in the American League West. As a team, the Rangers are hitting .262 with Ian Kinsler hitting .305, A.J. Pierzynski hitting .302, and Adrian Beltre hitting .298. The Rangers opponents are hitting .246 and the Texas pitching staff has an ERA of 3.71 with the starters at 3.20. For game one in New York, the Rangers start Yu Darvish who hasn’t won since May 16th. For the season Darvish has allowed 67 hits and 32 earned runs while striking out 137 over 101.1 innings for a 7-3 record and a 2.84 ERA.
We have two solid pitchers but the total here looks too low as both of these teams can hit.