Matchup: New York Yankees vs. Texas Rangers
Monday, July 22, 7:05 p.m. (ET)
Money Line: New York (+175) Texas (-185)
Total Line: 8.5
The Yankees lost two of three games to Boston this past weekend on the road to fall a full seven games in back of their rivals for the lead in the AL East. They are now 52-46 overall and 24-23 away from home this season. The total has stayed UNDER in four of their last six games after averaging just 3.5 runs a game during that stretch.
New York’s bats bounced back with 12 runs combined in its last two games, but overall the team is ranked 11th in the American League in scoring this season with an average of 3.95 runs per game. The Yankees’ pitching has been able to keep them fairly competitive with a team ERA of 3.77. They will send Ivan Nova to the mound for Monday night’s series opener. The right-hander is 4-2 with a 3.63 ERA. Lifetime against the Rangers he is 2-1 with an ERA of 5.09.
Texas comes into this four-game set with a four-game losing streak after getting swept at home this past weekend by Baltimore in three games. The Rangers have just one win in their last eight games and are three games in back of Oakland in the AL West with an overall record of 54-44. They are 27-22 at home this season and the total has stayed UNDER in six of those last eight contests.
Scoring has suddenly become an issue for this team as well with a total of 18 runs in their last eight games. Texas has fallen to ninth in the AL in runs scored with an average of 4.3 runs games. Fortunately its pitching has been able to keep pace with the second-best ERA in the league at 3.76. The Rangers will go with Yu Darvish as their starter for this game. The right-hander is just 1-3 in his last nine starts with a 3.07 ERA. Overall, he is 8-4 on the year with an ERA of 3.02. He allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings against the Yankees in a no-decision earlier in the year.
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It is obvious that both of these teams come into this series in desperate need of stringing together a few wins. The Yankees are 4-10 in their last 14 road games as underdogs while Texas is 5-2 in Darvish’s last seven starts in Game 1 of a new series. Stick with recent trends in this one as the Rangers do just enough get the win on Monday night.
Texas 5 New York 3
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