This game could be low scoring as CC Sabathia (5-4, 2.71 ERA) and the New York Yankees (37-38) meet Cole Hamels (8-1, 2.79 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (50-27) in the second of a four-game series at Yankee Stadium. The Rangers won the last game 9-6, and Texas leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 28 and will air on FSSW and YES.
In his most recent outing, Sabathia pitched 4.1 innings, allowing six runs (one unearned), striking out three and walking two in a 9-8 victory over the Rockies. Carlos Beltran (.294, 42 Rs, 19 HRs, 53 RBIs) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 4 with two runs. The Rangers were also victorious the last time Hamels pitched. He pitched well, going 6.0 innings, giving up one run, striking out eight and walking two in a 6-4 victory over the Reds. Ian Desmond (.321, 56 Rs, 14 HRs, 51 RBIs, 13 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs.
The Rangers are a -120 road favorite in this battle of lefties with a total of 8.5.
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New York has won 52% (23-21) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Texas has won 67% (24-12) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Rangers managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Yankees who are heading in with a 16-10 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Yankees are 6-32. The Rangers have a 14-19 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 23rd in home runs, New York has hit 77 this season. Texas ranks 11th with 96 home runs.
New York and Texas both rank near the bottom of the league in walks. New York sits at 24th with 214 this season and Texas ranks 25th with 204.
The Yankees are 26-21 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Rangers are 41-17 when they hit at least one homer.