Major league baseball on Thursday 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 U -115
The Yanks pounded out 19 hits and scored 21 runs on Tuesday night, but last night their offense struggled in the 5-2 loss. Still New York has won 13 of their last 17 games and they lead the AL East by 6 games over Baltimore. The Rangers won twice last nigt as they got the win on th field and then won off the field when they traded for Cole Hamels from Philadelphia. The Rangers are looking to make a run now and they do have a solid starter that they can call an ace. The Rangers are 4 games under .500, but just 4 games out of a wildcard spot.
New York ranks 2nd in scoring (4.79 rpg), 7th in hitting (.257) and 2nd in homers (134), while on the mound they are 18th in ERA (3.93) and 14th in WHIP (1.25). The Rangers rank 7th in scoring (4.35 rpg), 22nd in hitting (.250) and 10th in homers (102), while on the mound they are 28th in ERA (4.53) and 28th in WHIP (1.41).
Getting the ball for the Yankees tonight will be Michael Pineda, who is 9-7 with a 3.97 ERA in 19 starts this year, while on the road he is 5-4 with a 4.50 ERA in 9 starts. Pineda is 0-3 with a 5.04 ERA in 4 career starts vs the Rangers.
Taking the hill for the Rangers tonight will be Yovani Gallardo, who is 7-9 with a 3.19 ERA in 21 starts this year overall, while at home he is 4-4 with a 2.43 ERA. Gallardo is 1-1 with a 4.63 ERA in 2 career starts vs the Rangers.
Pick: I will go with the Yanks in this one. They lost yesterday, but a letdown was expected after their outburst on Tuesday. Gallardo has been solid at home ad Pineda has struggled some on the road, but still I will call for the Yanks to bounce back after their poor offensive showing last night.
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