Chris Capuano (0-1, 12.00 ERA) and Yovani Gallardo (3-6, 4.26 ERA) take the hill in the last of a three-game series between the New York Yankees (22-21) and the Texas Rangers (20-23) at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees lost the last game 15-4, continuing a five-game losing streak. Action begins at 8:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 24 and can be seen on ESPN.
Capuano pitched 3.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering four runs, striking out four and walking two in a 6-0 defeat to the Royals. When pitching against the Yankees, Gallardo is 0-1 with a 6.35 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, and seven strikeouts. Prince Fielder (.351, 20 Rs, 8 HRs, 30 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Rangers, going 3 for 4 yesterday with three runs, one home run, and three RBIs.
New York is a -129 favorite against Texas and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Yankees have an overall money line of +74 and a record as the favorite of 11-9. New York has gone winless in its last 10 as the favorite. The Yankees have no trouble scoring as they rank fifth in the AL in offense with 4.5 runs per game. The Yankees are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 137. New York's pitching staff has been doing poorly against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, allowing an average of 5.8 runs per game, well above its season average of 4.2. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Yankees, who rank second in the AL in strikeouts per game with 8.6.
In games where it is the underdog, Texas has a 18-20 record and an overall money line of +270.
The Rangers have the edge in the season series, 2-0. The Yankees have a 16-14 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Gallardo takes the mound. Capuano (LHP) will be on the hill against the Rangers, who have a inferior 5-9 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYY, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Rangers won by a margin of 11 runs. The Yankees are 1-2 in games decided by a margin of 10 runs or more. The Rangers have a 1-1 record in blowouts.
Texas has won 38% (8-13) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, New York has won 40% (8-12) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Yankees managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Rangers who are coming in with a 6-4 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the Rangers have a slight leg up on the Yankees, as the Rangers have won their last four games while the Yankees have lost their last five.
The Yankees and the Rangers are both 14-3 when they notch more hits than their opponent.
Ranking sixth in runs, Texas has earned 191 this season. New York ranks fifth with 192 runs.
New York and Texas both rank in the top 10 of the league in walks. New York sits at ninth with 141 this season and Texas ranks 10th with 139.
When the Yankees hit at least one home run, they are 18-12, well-matched with the Rangers who are 16-10 when hitting one or more homers.