Judge Home Run Drama in Rearview Mirror
It took a little longer than most expected, but Aaron Judge finally hit home run No. 62 on Tuesday night in Texas. The New York Yankees slugger was soon yanked from the game and likely won’t see much action – if any – in Wednesday’s regular-season finale against the Rangers.
Yankees Have 100-Win Milestone in Sight
If there is anything for the New York Yankees to play for, it might be getting that 100th win. The franchise has accomplished that feat 21 times previously, including the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
The more likely scenario is that the team will take every opportunity Wednesday to step back and appreciate the ride they’ve had, particularly Judge.
“It’s a big relief. I think that everyone can sit back down in their seats and watch the ballgame, you know? No, but it’s been a fun ride so far,” Judge told the media. “Getting a chance to do this, with the team we’ve got, the guys surrounding me, the constant support from my family who have been with me through this whole thing … it’s been a great honor.“
For the purposes of those eyeing some MLB picks, know that Judge has played 55 straight games in pursuit of the American League home run record. Barring anything wacky, he’ll be relaxing Wednesday night along with many other regulars, although there is still the outside chance of obtaining the Triple Crown.
Judge, who leads the AL in home runs (obviously) and RBI, enters Wednesday hitting .311, while Minnesota’s Luis Arraez is at .315.
The more likely scenario is that New York trots out a lineup filled with youngsters and old-timers on the fringe. Some of those, such as rookie Oswaldo Peraza and veterans like Aaron Hicks and Aroldis Chapman, are still auditioning for postseason roster spots. They’ll be plenty motivated.
So, too will Wednesday’s starter Domingo German, who figures to be a key bullpen piece in the playoffs. German has posted a 3.39 ERA in 13 starts.
Otto Gets Nod in Finale for Rangers
A sixth straight losing season that included the firings of the general manager and manager made for a long summer (and now fall) in Arlington. Among the handful of players that likely feel pretty good about the campaign is Glenn Otto, who will surprisingly finish third on the team in innings pitched after he makes his 27th start on Wednesday.
Otto, a Yankees draft pick shipped to Texas in the Joey Gallo trade last year, is finishing up in pretty good fashion. He’s posted a 3.75 ERA while holding opponents to a .219 average in 11 starts since the beginning of August.
The 26-year-old also performed well in a no-decision at Yankee Stadium early in the year, allowing two runs on two hits in five innings of Texas’ 4-2 victory. He’ll be eager to knock off his former organization, regardless of the relatively low stakes of the game itself.
Only one game below .500 as late as June 28, Texas is 31-57 ever since, including 16-27 at home. The Rangers’ 3-2 win in the nightcap of Tuesday’s doubleheader snapped a seven-game losing streak.
So while Otto has some momentum and reason to shine, his team has been rather putrid for a long stretch. Something to consider for those of you analyzing the MLB odds sheet at the sportsbook.
Yankees vs Rangers Head-to-Head
New York won four of six meetings in 2002. It had claimed four games in a row at Texas before the Rangers salvaged the second half of the Tuesday twinbill.
Yankees vs Rangers Game Information
- Game: Yankees (99-62) vs Rangers (67-94)
- Location: Globe Life Field, Arlington
- Day/Time: Wednesday, Oct 5, 4:05 p.m. ET
- Yankees vs Rangers Live stream: MLB.tv
Yankees vs Rangers Betting Lines
|Team||Run Line||Moneyline||Total||Team Total|
|New York Yankees
D. German -R
|-1½ +140||-110||7½ -115o||4½ +115o
G. Otto -R
|+1½ -160||Ev||7½ -105u||3½ +110o
The odds in this chart are based on the time of publication. They are subject to change.
Yankees vs Rangers Prediction
Obviously, this is a difficult one to peg down. Both teams figure to utilize unique batting orders and could mess around with the bullpen, depending on who needs work or an audition for the postseason (or next season, in the Rangers’ case).
All this could yield a rather wild, sloppy affair, in which case one strategy might be to take the over. Even if German and Otto are on their game, neither figures to last long. Bullpens will get heavy use and there will be enough young bats in this game looking to pad their stats before the season ends.
Expect a few big innings and take your winnings into the postseason.
“The odds and predictions in the article are based on time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.”