Martin Perez (0-2, 4.50 ERA) and CC Sabathia (1-1, 5.28 ERA) start in the last of a three-game series between the Texas Rangers (11-10) and the New York Yankees (8-11) at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Rangers won the last game 10-1, and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 8:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Apr. 27 and can be seen on FSSW, YES and ESPN.
Perez pitched 5.2 innings in his last outing, surrendering five runs, striking out two and walking two in a 5-0 defeat to the White Sox. Nomar Mazara (.365, 10 Rs, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs. Sabathia went 4.2 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out two and walking three in a 6-3 win over the Rays in his most recent start. Mark Teixeira (.254, 10 Rs, 3 HRs, 10 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
The odds for Texas and New York are Rangers -115, while the Over/Under (O/U) is 9.5 as of now.
Predictions: SU Winner - TEX
Texas has won 54% (7-6) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, New York has won 56% (5-4) of its games when taking a late lead.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Yankees are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Rangers have a 4-0 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rangers and the Yankees are both undefeated. Texas has a 9-0 record in these situations while New York is 8-0.
Ranking 27th in runs, New York has earned 70 this season. Texas ranks ninth with 92 runs.
Ranking 21st, Texas is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 57 this season. New York ranks in the top half at 13th with 65.
The Rangers are 7-8 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Yankees are 8-5 when they hit at least one homer.