Major league baseball on Monday night and I will have a free pick in the game between the New York Yankees and the Texas Rangers, which will take place at Globe Life Stadium in Arlington, Texas. First pitch is scheduled for a 8:05 PM (Eastern) start time and the game will be televised locally.
Over/ Under: 9 O -125
The Yanks come in playing good ball as they are 11-3 in their last 14 games, which has now allowed them to increase their lead in the AL East to 6.5 games over the Blue Jays. The Rangers had won 4 in a row, including the first two of their series at the Angels, but LA got some revenge yesterday in a 13-7 slugfest. The Rangers are now 3 games under .500, in 3rd place in the AL West and 7.5 games behind the first place Halos.
New York ranks 2nd in scoring (4.64 rpg), 10th in hitting (.255) and 3rd in homers (129), while on the mound they are 20th in ERA (3.93) and 13th in WHIP (1.25). The Rangers rank 6th in scoring (4.36 rpg), 19th in hitting (.252) and 10th in homers (102), while on the mound they are 27th in ERA (4.39) and 28th in WHIP (1.39).
Getting the ball for the Yankees tonight will be Ivan Nova, who is 2-3 with a 3.34 ERA in 5 starts this year, while on the road he has gone 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA. Nova is 2-2 with a 4.80 ERA in 5 career starts vs the Rangers, while in this park he has gone 1-1 with a 1.88 ERA in 2 starts.
Taking the hill for the Rangers tonight will be Matt Harrison, who is Making juts his 3rd start of the year and just his 9th start since the beginning of 2013 as he has spent time on the DL and the minors the last couple of years. This year Matt is 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA. He is 2-3 with a 4.15 ERA in 8 games (5 starts) in his career vs the Yanks.
Pick: I will look at the over in this game. Earlier this year the teams played a 3 game set in New York and 45 runs were scored in the 3 games. This series may be just as high scoring as both offenses are clicking right now and the pitching is suspect at best. Ivan Nova has just 2 road start, but he has a 4.50 ERA in those starts, while Matt Harrison has a 5.40 ERA in 2 starts overall this year. This has never been a good park for Matt to pitch in as he has a career 4.49 ERA here. Now for some offense. The Rangers offense has been obn fire of late as they have averaged 7.8 rpg in their last 5 games and they do hit righties at a .262 clip at home for the year. The Yanks come in averaging 4.9 rpg in their last 10 games and have hit .271 vs lefties over that stretch. This is a hitters park and I see it easily putting up DD in runs.
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NCAA Football Betting Pick: Utah vs. Arizona State
The Arizona State Sun Devils are coming to Utah for a Pac-12 college football match up in October and pro bettors Teddy Covers and Steve Fezzik think the timing, the altitude, and the competition will be just too much for ASU. The Utes' stadium is a high-altitude venue, and the Sun Devils are going to be in the stretch of a rough run of games including match ups with conference heavyweights USC and Oregon. With this away game sandwiched between these tough games and no bye week to help them rest and recover, the thought is Utah will be the team to bet.