An entertaining American League series gets underway Thursday night when the New York Yankees (14-11, 5-4 away) visit the Texas Rangers (14-10, 8-4 home). Both teams are off to fine starts this season, but they have both hit a rough patch during the past week. Below is my MLB pick for the Yankees vs Rangers.
The Pick: New York Yankees -200
This game will be played at Globe Life Field at 8:05 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, 2023.
✅ New York has been good on the road, having won five of their nine games away from the Bronx this season.
✅ Against the Rangers, New York has won 10 of the last 13 meetings.
✅ Texas has lost four of their last five games played.
The New York Yankees started the week in Minnesota and lost two of three in the Twin Cities. New York was in the midst of a three-game losing streak, including a series ending loss to Toronto, but a 12-6 win on Wednesday got them back in the win column. In their win on Wednesday, the Yankees put up five runs in the second and six runs in the fourth to runaway with the series finale.
Gerrit Cole is set to make his sixth start of the season and he is off to a great start with a 4-0 record, 0.79 ERA, and 0.79 WHIP.
Aaron Judge is mashing early and he leads the Yankees with six home runs and 14 RBIs. Anthony Rizzo is hitting a team high .292 batting average.
The Texas Rangers Were Swept
Texas went into Cincinnati and left with a surprising, and poor, three-game losing streak. The Reds are going to be one of the worst teams in baseball and leaving with zero wins could come back to haunt them if the AL West comes down to just a few games.
Andrew Heaney is set to the take the mound for the fifth time this season and he will look to improve on his 4.34 ERA and 1.34 WHIP.
Adolis Garcia is having a great start to the year as he leads the Rangers with seven home runs and 29 RBIs. Josh Jung has a team high .281 batting average.