The NY Yankees are just half a game up on the rival Red Sox in the AL East after going 7-1 (at the time of writing) in their last eight. The Yanks were outscored 50-32 in that stretch. Should big bat Aaron Judge be given a shot at the mound?
Today the Yankees are hoping they can win their 3-game series against the Angels after splitting the two. But moving on to why you are here. On Friday, June 23rd the New York Yankees host the pedestrian Texas Rangers in a 3-game series at Yankee Stadium.
The Rangers are 6-4 (at the time of writing) in their last ten and are 13-games behind the AL West-leading Astros. Now let’s find out who you should bet on the MLB Series of the Week.
Rangers Vs Yankees Series of The Week
Friday, June 23 | 7:05 PM ET
Listed Pitchers: Yu Darvish (6-5, 3.34 ERA) vs. Masahiro Tanaka (5-7, 6.34 ERA)
What’s wrong with Ranger pitcher Masahiro Tanaka? Tanaka allowed five runs on eight hits over four innings during Saturday’s loss to Oakland. He did record an insane ten strikeouts in those four innings, but his ERA is up to a calamitous 6.34.
Yu Darvish is not coming off a great start either. He claimed the loss after allowing five runs on eight hits over five innings on Sunday vs. Seattle. Darvish faces a far deadlier lineup than Tanaka. The Yankees batting order is top 5 in runs, batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
Saturday, June 24 | 1:05 PM ET
Probable Pitchers: Luis Cessa (0-1, 7.36 ERA) vs. Austin Bibens-Dirkx (2-0, 4.25 ERA)
After two straight wins, Austin Bibens-Dirkx left with a no-decision in his last outing against Toronto. He has recorded 21 strikeouts in his last 12 innings pitched. Will this be a winning formula for the Rangers?
Yankee right-hander Luis Cessa is scheduled to make his second start of the season. Cessa is pitching in the place of the injured CC Sabathia. Cessa hasn’t shown any reason on why we can count on him to win this game without help from the Yankee bats.
Sunday, June 25 | 2:05 PM ET
Nick Martinez (2-3, 4.33 ERA) vs. Michael Pineda (7-3, 3.56 ERA)
Nick Martinez finally won this season in June after three losses. He’s coming off his best game of the season in the win against Toronto and has doubled his win total. Martinez allowed two hits in 6.1 innings. Of course, the Yankees is significantly better than the Blue Jays.
Michael Pineda gives the Yankees their best chance of success this season. He’s 4-1 on his last seven outings. Pineda allowed three runs on seven hits while striking out seven over 5.2 innings against the Angels on Tuesday. He earned a no-decision, but he has the best heat in the Yankees rotation.