The defending American League champs will host the most hated and revered American League team for a three-game series this weekend, as the Texas Rangers take on the New York Yankees in Arlington starting Friday night.
Both teams come into this series with multiple losses this past week, and are looking to put together some wins to stay on top of their respective divisions. The Yankees won the first season series played in New York 2-1, as Texas has faltered on the road lately.
Based upon an analysis of the pitching matchups for each game, let's see which team has the wagering advantage. Major League Baseball odds for each matchup can be found in the BetUS Sportsbook.
New York Yankees at Texas Rangers
Game 1: Friday at 8:05 PM ET
Starting Pitchers: Ivan Nova (2-2, ERA 5.14) vs. M. Harrison (3-3, ERA 4.59)
New York will begin the series by sending Ivan Nova to the stripe, who has the highest ERA among the Yankees starters at 5.14. In six season starts, Nova has notched at 2-2 record. With 30 innings under his belt, he has allowed 28 hits and 14 runs so far in 2011. In his one start against the Rangers this season, the right-hander took a loss after giving up four hits and five runs.
On the other side, Texas starts off with Matt Harrison. Harrison is sitting at .500 for the season with three wins and three losses in six starts. The southpaw has allowed 18 runs in just over 33 innings of play, with an ERA of 4.59. Harrison has already gotten one win on the season over the Yankees in New York, where he allowed only two runs in eight innings pitched.
Both Curtis Granderson and Derek Jeter have had prior success against Harrison, batting .667 and .500 in 2011 matchups. Nevertheless, Harrison seems to be the most reliable starter here, as he pitches long into every game and has maintained a balanced ERA throughout.
Give the Rangers the home-field advantage in the baseball odds to take Game 1 on Friday night!
Game 2: Saturday at 8:05 PM ET
Starting Pitchers: Bartolo Colon (2-1, ERA 3.00) vs. Derek Holland (3-1, ERA 4.66)
Colon has allowed only 12 runs in six season starts, with 30 innings pitched. With 33 strikeouts, Colon has put together an ERA of 3.00. Texas slugger Adrian Beltre went 0-3 against Colon in 2009, but Colon has not faced many Rangers batters recently.
The 24-year-old Holland has played solid this season, getting three wins in his six starts. Although he has allowed a high-46 hits so far, less than half of those have resulted in runs. In addition, the lefty has thrown 31 strikeouts, earning an ERA of 4.66. Holland already lost to New York this season, where he gave up five runs off eight hits on April 16.
Colon should get the nod in the baseball odds for experience, as well has his lower earned run average in comparable playing time.
Go with New York in Game 2!
Game 3: Sunday at 3:05 PM ET
Probable Starting Pitchers: CC Sabathia (2-2, ERA 2.68) vs. Alexi Ogando (3-0, ERA 2.17)
Although the starting pitchers for Game 3 have not been announced at the time of this writing, the likely starters based on the team's rotations are Sabathia and Ogando.
After two solid wins in his first three outings of the season, Sabathia has become more of a non-factor, as several of his starts have resulted in no-decisions for him. He took a no-decision in the Yankees 6-5 win over Texas, where he threw for over six innings, allowing eight hits and four runs. The southpaw has allowed 48 hits but has achieved 42 strikeouts in 2011.
Ogando, as a first-year starter, is the hottest pitcher in the Rangers rotation. With no losses on the season, Ogando has the best ERA on the Texas pitching staff at 2.17. He has allowed only 24 hits and nine runs this season but took a no-decision in the Rangers loss to New York where he gave up six hits and five runs in just over six innings.
This game pits veteran versus young ace. Let's take a chance on the young ace to get his fourth win on the season. Take the Rangers in the Game 3 baseball odds!