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Tanaka Struggling Into 1st MLB Matchup vs Yu Darvish

For the first time in their major-league careers, Japanese stars Masahiro Tanaka (5-7 6.34 ERA) and Yu Darvish (6-5, 3.35 ERA) will go head-to-head as starters tonight when the Yankees and Rangers begin a series in the Bronx. New York, like Tanaka, has been on a serious skid of late – losing eight of their last nine – and could drop out of first place in the AL East.

SHARK BITES
  • Tanaka has just 2 quality starts in his last 7 trips to the bump.
  • Yu Darvish is coming off a start in which he allowed 5 runs in just 5 innings pitched.
  • The Rangers are 9-2 SU and 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games as the underdog.

Looking at the pitching matchup, it would appear that the visitors have the advantage. Tanaka has been awful so far this season and his team has lost six of the last seven games that he’s started despite giving him an average of four runs of support. The fourth-year transplant from Japan has been particularly susceptible to the long ball, giving up 10 in his six starts at Yankee Stadium this year.

Although the Rangers haven’t been slugging the ball like they’re used to, they have a powerful lineup that’s hit 31 home runs in the month of June and that could chase Tanaka from this game. Batters in the Rangers lineup might have only 62 career at-bats against the 29-year-old sinkerball specialist but in that small sample size, they’ve posted a combined .419 average vs Tanaka.

The total for tonight opened at 9 but had moved to 10 at the time of writing. If the Rangers hit Tanaka like they’re capable of, however, they could get to that number all by themselves.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Baseball-betting oddsmakers, including BetOnline, opened the New York Yankees as -128 moneyline favorites in this matchup. Over under total bettors saw the number open at 9 at shops such as Bovada.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 4.8-4.3 result in favor of the Rangers. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Texas Rangers vs New York Yankees Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

New York (39-31) will face the 36-36 Rangers in this tilt. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and New York vs Texas injuries news.

It's a MLB baseball betting matchup between the No. 2-rated New York Yankees and the league No. 12-ranked Texas Rangers, according to the latest MLB power poll here at OddsShark.

Statistical Matchup

At the plate, New York owns the No. 3 ranking for hits at 9.6 per game. By contrast, the Texas Rangers are rated No. 27 in the same category at 8.17 per game.

Texas brings the No. 17-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Yankees's No. 5-ranked defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Rangers enjoyed a 11-4 victory at the expense of the Blue Jays on Thursday, with Martin Perez throwing 6 innings of 9-hit ball at Globe Life Park.

The Yankees endured a 10-5 loss at the hands of the Angels on Thursday, with Luis Severino throwing 6 innings of 8-hit ball at Yankee Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Texas is 10-3 ATS in its last 13 games
  • Texas is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Texas's last 8 games
  • Texas is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • NY Yankees is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games
  • NY Yankees is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of NY Yankees's last 8 games
  • NY Yankees is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Texas at New York, Saturday, June 24th

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