MLB Picks: Bet Yankees -128 vs. Rangers Wednesday

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 12:34 PM GMT

The New York Yankees have a good opportunity to continue their recent power surge Wednesday night, as they continue their three-game series with the Texas Rangers.


Let’s take a closer look at the MLB odds for this American League matchup at Yankee Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

Check out our Wednesday Morning MLB Odds & Betting Lines Report.

Snapped 

Texas had its five-game winning streak come to an end in the series opener, as it suffered a 4-3 defeat to New York as -119 road favorites Tuesday, while going UNDER the total for a third consecutive contest. 

The Rangers are 5-5 as road underdogs of +100 to +125 this season, with the UNDER going 6-3-1 in that situation. 

Power display 

New York had hit just four home runs in its previous 15 games before last night, but it matched that total with as many solo blasts Wednesday. The Bronx Bombers are tied for 14th in MLB with 78 round trippers this season. 

Over the last two-plus seasons, the Yankees are 67-37 at home when the betting total is 9 to 9.5, with the UNDER holding a 52-49-3 edge. 

Grimm 

Rangers starting pitcher Justin Grimm (6-5, 5.57 ERA) has watched the club alternate wins and losses over his last five outings, as he comes off a 9-4 home win over the Oakland Athletics, allowing three runs and three hits over five frames.

The right-hander is 2-3 with a 7.01 ERA in seven road appearances, with opposing hitters batting .320 against him. 

Grimm will be facing off versus the Yankees for the first time in his career. 

Pettitte 

Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte (5-5, 4.20 ERA) has dropped back-to-back efforts, including a 8-3 setback at home to the Tampa Bay Rays last time out, as he allowed five runs and nine hits over 6.2 frames. 

The left-hander is 1-3 with a 5.94 ERA in six home outings, with opposing hitters batting .318 against him.

In 23 career starts versus the Rangers, Pettitte has compiled a 11-9 record and 5.24 ERA, including a 9-5 mark and 4.18 ERA in 16 outings when pitching in his home ballpark.

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Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Yankees as one of their MLB picks Wednesday, as they’ve gone 16-7 in their last 23 games as home favorites of -110 to -150. 

MLB Pick: New York Yankees -128

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