Rangers vs Yankees Prediction, Pick and Preview, September 22 (9/22): MLB

Rangers vs Yankees Prediction, Pick and Preview, September 22 (9/22): MLB

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Odds
Time 7:05 p.m. EST
Rangers money line +220
Rangers run line +1.5 (+115)
Yankees money line -270
Yankees run line -1.5 (-135)
Over / under 9 (+100)

 

Key stats
  Rangers Yankees
Record 55-96 85-67
Road / home record 22-54 44-33
Last 10 record 3-7 6-4
Streak 3L 2W
Over / under record 72-70-9 66-84-3
Runs / game 3.85 4.33
Runs allowed / game 5.03 4.17

 

Preview

Tonight we have the lowly Rangers taking on the Yankees in the Bronx. The Rangers enter this game looking terrible, going 3-7 in their last 10 games.  Their hitting and pitching has failed them miserably this season and I dont expect that to change tonight.  The Yankees enter this game 8 games back in the AL East and 0.5 games back for a wild card spot behind the Blue Jays.  They'll need to continue to pick up easy wins against weaker opponents to secure a spot in the postseason.

Pitching matchup

Rangers

Taylor Hearn (6-5, 4.52 ERA) will be on the mound for the Rangers when they take on the Yankees. Hearn enters this game with a 1.31 WHIP and 4.99 XFIP. This season coming out of the bullpen and as a starter he carries a 22.1% strikeout rate along with a 9.6% walk rate.  Hearn has been medicore this year when called upon. He gives up premium contact and power to right handed bats and has been hit hard in the split. He will have his work cut out for him when he takes on this loaded Yankees lineup thats looking to secure their postseason spot.  

Yankees

Corey Kluber (5-3, 3.68 ERA) will toe the rubber for the Yankees when they take on the Rangers. Kluber enters this game with a 1.28 WHIP and 4.74 XFIP.  This season he carries a 25.4% strikeout rate along with a 10.7% walk rate.  This will be his 5th start since coming off the IL, he was able to go 6 innings last time out so he seems to be healthy.  Last time Kluber faced this Rangers team this season he was able to throw a no hitter while striking out 9 hitters in the process.  He is due to regress some as his walk rate and severe reverse splits will eventually get to him.  He benefits from facing a weak and depleted Rangers team that has been on the struggle bus all season.

Prediction

I'll back the better pitching and better bats once again in this matchup. I don't expcect Kluber to be flawless in this one but I think he does enough to get his 6th win of the season.  These Yankee bats have been good against left handed hurlers and I expect that trend to continue tonight.

PICK: Yankees -1.5 (-135)

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