MLB Picks 2012: Texas Rangers vs. New York Yankees

The Texas Rangers (67-47) and New York Yankees (68-47) will continue an important American League series on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 ET

Texas Rangers at New York Yankees 

New York Yankees SP Hiroki Kuroda is searching for his first career victory against the Texas Rangers

Texas now has a six-game lead in the AL West division after suffering an 8-2 setback on the road to the New York Yankees on Monday night, as the club was held scoreless over the last seven frames of the contest.  The Rangers have now fallen short in nine of their last 13 games against the Bronx Bombers, while suffering a ninth loss in 10 tries in the new Yankee Stadium.  Texas has split six games as a road underdog of +100 to +125 this season, with the “over” going 5-1 in those contests.

Rangers starting pitcher Matt Harrison (13-6, 3.31 ERA) has led the club to consecutive victories after suffering a pair of losses, giving up seven runs (six earned) and 16 hits over his last 11.1 innings of work.  The left-hander is 9-3 with a 3.24 ERA in 13 road outings, surrendering eight home runs in 89 combined frames.  In seven career games (four starts) versus the Yankees, Harrison has compiled a 2-2 record and 4.76 ERA, including a 1-0 mark and 1.13 ERA in one effort at this venue.

New York has righted the ship a bit in winning five of its last six games, with the offense plating 46 runs in that span.  The Yankees lineup, minus the still-injured Alex Rodriguez, exploded for five runs in the third inning.  Backup third baseman Eric Chavez has made nearly everyone forget about one of the best players in the history of baseball, homering in his last two contests, while driving in six runs in the last five games.  New York is 11-7 as a home favorite of -125 to -150, with the “under” going 10-8 in that situation.

Yankees starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda (10-8, 3.24 ERA) didn’t factor into the decision of a 4-3 road win over the Detroit Tigers, allowing three runs and 10 hits over 6.1 innings.  The right-hander is 7-4 with a 2.55 ERA in 13 home outings, with opposing hitters batting .227 against him.  In two career starts versus the Rangers, Kuroda has tallied an 0-2 mark and 4.50 ERA, including a 2-0 road setback on April 24.

Sports bettors will likely back the Yankees due to their 54-26 record in their last 80 games against left-handed starters, while the Rangers are 1-4 in their last five games as a road underdog.

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