MLB Picks: New York Yankees vs. Texas Rangers

The New York Yankees (53-47) and Texas Rangers (55-45) will continue a four-game American League series Wednesday night at Rangers Ballpark, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:05 p.m. ET

New York Yankees vs. Texas Rangers 

The New York Yankees are 4-3 as road underdogs of +150 to +175 this season
The New York Yankees are 4-3 as road underdogs of +150 to +175 this season

New York snapped a two-game losing streak by picking up a 5-4 victory over the Texas Rangers as +152 road underdogs Tuesday, while pushing up against the betting total of 9.  “We’ve had a lot of bad things this year,” commented Yankees shortstop Eduardo Nunez.  The Yankees should carry over their offensive success from last night, considering they’ve won 11 of 12 games when facing Wednesday’s opposing starter.  New York is 4-3 as road underdogs of +150 to +175 this season, with the UNDER going 3-2-2 in that situation.

Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte (7-7, 4.47 ERA) suffered a 4-2 road loss to the Boston Red Sox last time out, as he allowed four runs and six hits over 6.1 frames.  The left-hander is 4-3 with a 3.57 ERA in eight road games, surrendering seven home runs in 53 combined innings.  In 24 career games versus the Rangers, Pettitte has compiled an 11-10 record and 5.21 ERA, but was handed an 8-5 home loss on June 26.

Texas has lost eight of its last 10 games, with the UNDER going 7-1-2 in that span.  Rangers closer Joe Nathan blew his second save of the season last night, which was a bit surprising due to possessing a streak of 15 consecutive successful conversions in that situation.  The bullpen had allowed only one run since July 7 until Nathan’s performance—posing a 0.22 ERA during that stretch.  Texas is 4-5 as home favorites of -150 to -175 this season, with the UNDER going 4-2-3 in those nine opportunities.

Rangers starting pitcher Matt Garza (6-1, 3.17 ERA) rattled off five consecutive victories with the Chicago Cubs before being acquired via-trade Monday, including a 6-4 home win over the St. Louis Cardinals last time out.  The right-hander is 3-1 with a 4.73 ERA in four home appearances, with opposing hitters batting .282 against him.  In 12 career games (11 starts) versus the Yankees, Garza has tallied a 1-4 record and 4.48 ERA.

Sports bettors will likely back the Yankees due to their 5-2 record on the road versus right-handed starters.

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