Nick Martinez (3-0, 1.88 ERA) takes the mound for the Texas Rangers (19-23) as they meet CC Sabathia (2-5, 4.67 ERA) and the New York Yankees (22-20) in the second of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium. The Rangers won the last game 10-9 and Texas leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 1:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 23 and will air on FSN-SW, PIX11 and MLB Net.
Sabathia has a 4.45 ERA and an 11-3 record in his career against the Rangers, and faces a struggling Texas offense that's hitting just .239 on the year. Mark Teixeira (.250, 21 Rs, 13 HRs, 31 RBIs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. In his career against the Yankees, Martinez is 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and five strikeouts. Prince Fielder (.341, 17 Rs, 7 HRs, 27 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well for the Rangers, going 2 for 5 yesterday with two runs, two home runs, and four RBIs.
New York, a -166 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Texas. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is set at eight runs. The Yankees are 11-8 as the favorite and have an overall money line of +257. The Yankees rank fourth in the majors in extra base hits with 134. New York's pitching staff can be considered one of the best in the AL. The Yankees have a team ERA of 3.67, one of the lowest in their league. An area where the Yankees are particularly strong is striking batters out, where they average 8.6 K's per game.
Switching gears, the Rangers come into this game with a win percentage of .459 when playing as the underdog (17-20) and an overall money line of +97.
So far this season, the Rangers are 1-0 against the Yankees. This game will feature Martinez (RHP) on the mound against the Yankees, who have a 16-13 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The left-handed Sabathia will take the mound against the Rangers. Against lefty starters this season, they have an awful 5-9 record.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYY, O/U - Over
The Rangers won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Yankees are 7-7. The Rangers are 7-5 in close games this season.
When leading after 7 innings, New York is 8-11, while Texas is 7-13.
The New York batters brought in a solid 12 hits last game. Texas has a record of 3-9 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
It looks like the Rangers have a slight leg up on the Yankees, as the Rangers have won their last three games while the Yankees have lost their last four.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rangers are 13-3. The Yankees have a 14-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 14th, Texas sits in the top half of the league in runs, scoring 176 this season. New York ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 188.
Ranking 11th, Texas is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 134 this season. New York ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 139.
When the Yankees hit at least one home run, they are 18-11, well-matched with the Rangers who are 15-10 when hitting one or more homers.