Ivan Nova (5-5, 5.18 ERA) and Chi Chi Gonzalez (0-0, 0.00 ERA) take the hill in the first of a four-game series between the New York Yankees (37-37) and the Texas Rangers (49-27) at Yankee Stadium. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Monday, Jun. 27 and can be seen on FSSW and YES.
Nova pitched 4.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering six runs (one unearned), striking out one and walking two in an 8-4 defeat to the Rockies. This is the first time Gonzalez will take the hill this season. He pitched 68.2 innings last season, finishing 4-6 with a 3.93 ERA his last outing. Rougned Odor (.273, 49 Rs, 13 HRs, 36 RBIs, 7 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
The Yankees are a -130 favorite with a total of 9.5 runs.
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New York has won 53% (23-20) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Texas has won 66% (23-12) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Rangers are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded three strikeouts. The Yankees have a record of 3-1 when opponents' pitchers have three strikeouts or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rangers are 32-5. The Yankees have a 28-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 22nd in runs, New York has earned 304 this season. Texas ranks sixth with 371 runs.
Ranking 26th, New York is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.700). Texas ranks in the top half at 11th with an OPS of .757.
When the Rangers allow at least one home run, they are 30-25. When the Yankees allow one or more homers, they have a 22-29 record.