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Red-Hot Tanaka Takes The Bump For Yankees

Masahiro Tanaka has been the best pitcher in a stellar New York Yankees rotation. Despite a short stint on the DL in the middle of August, Tanaka has a 2.08 ERA in his past six starts with the Yanks going 5-1 in those outings. The right-hander’s command of the zone has been spectacular in that span, throwing 67 percent of his pitches for strikes. Tanaka will take the bump for the Yankees when they open a three-game set with the Texas Rangers on Friday.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone UNDER in 12 of the Rangers’ last 16 games when opening a series.
  • The Yankees are 1-4 SU in their last five games on the road against the Rangers.
  • Gary Sanchez will be in the Yankees lineup after missing the past 3 games due to a suspension.

Opposing Tanaka for the Rangers will be Martin Perez, who has struggled at home all season long. The southpaw has a 5.42 ERA in Arlington while allowing opponents to hit .312. That might be a concern in this one, as the Yankees have averaged 7.8 runs per game in their past four.

The Rangers took two of three in their lone series against the Yankees this season. Specifically, Elvis Andrus had the Bronx Bombers’ number in those games, going 5-for-13 with two runs and three RBIs. Through those three games in the Big Apple, the Yankees scored a combined nine runs – six of which came in a loss.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to pick the visiting New York Yankees before the first pitch in this match found them as -145 moneyline favorites earlier today at Bovada. They saw the OVER/UNDER total of 11 earlier at TopBet.

OddsShark computer prediction formulas pick a 5.8-4.1 win for the Yankees on Friday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

New York Yankees vs Texas Rangers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

70-69 Texas battles the Yankees, currently with a 75-64 mark. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Texas vs New York injuries news.

The Texas Rangers vs New York Yankees odds would favor the Yankees if the betting lines were set according to our power ranks. Texas is rated No. 9 in the current OddsShark poll, while New York is at No. 5.

Statistical Matchup

On offense, it's a battle between the Texas Rangers and their No. 4-rated batting order, averaging 5.16 runs per nine innings, against the No. 2 lineup of the New York Yankees at 5.22 runs per outing.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping betting factors and Texas has the No. 17-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Yankees own the No. 6 mark in runs allowed.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Yankees grabbed a win last time out, defeating Kevin Gausman and the Orioles 9-1 on Thursday at Camden Yards.

Texas didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 5-4 to Atlanta on Wednesday at SunTrust Park.

Betting Trends
  • NY Yankees is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • NY Yankees is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of NY Yankees' last 5 games
  • NY Yankees is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Texas is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Texas is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas's last 6 games
  • Texas is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

New York at Texas, Saturday, September 9