Michael Pineda (5-1, 3.31 ERA) and the New York Yankees (22-19) square off against Colby Lewis (3-2, 3.06 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (18-23) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the first of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 22 and can be seen on FSN-SW, YES and MLB Network.
Pineda is 0-2 with a 4.74 ERA in his appearances against the Rangers, but goes up against a below-average Texas offense which is batting just .237 this season. Brett Gardner (.290, 26 Rs, 3 HRs, 16 RBIs, 10 SBs) went 1 for 4 Wednesday with one run. Against the Yankees, Lewis is 1-3 with a 5.28 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, and 16 strikeouts.
This one isn't expected to be close when New York, a big -183 favorite, takes on Texas. The Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at seven runs for this matchup. The Yankees have an overall money line of +257 and a record as the favorite of 11-8. The Yankees are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 128. Turning to the pitchers, opposing offenses have been stifled by the Yankees, who have a team ERA of only 3.67. 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 16-20 record and an overall money line of -70.
The Yankees have a 16-13 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Lewis takes the mound. Pineda (RHP) will be on the hill against the Rangers, who have a 12-14 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYY, O/U - Over
Texas has won 35% (7-13) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, New York has won 42% (8-11) 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 5-4 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 two games while the Yankees have lost their last three.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rangers are 13-3. The Yankees have a 14-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 16th, Texas sits in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 166 this season. New York ranks in the top half at 12th with 179.
Ranking 12th, Texas is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 131 this season. New York ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 137.
The Yankees are 18-10 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Rangers are 14-10 when they hit at least one homer.