Yankees vs. Rangers Game 2 to Go 'Under'

Willie Bee

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 12:00 PM GMT

Texas rallied from a 2-0 hole to take Game 1 of the MLB odds series with the Yankees. New York is now a solid favorite to even the set Tuesday night when the set continues.

For a while Monday night, it looked like the Brett Gardner-David Phelps show in Texas as the New York Yankees held a two-zip lead over the Rangers. Yu Darvish wouldn't let that happen, though, and the Texas ace got just enough offense to help the Rangers to a 4-2 triumph in the series opener.

Texas now takes aim at back-to-back wins for the first time in over a month when the clubs reconvene at Globe Life Park on Tuesday (8:05 PM ET). To do so, the Rangers have to defy MLB odds that have the Yankees as clear favorites.

New York sends Brandon McCarthy to the hill for his fourth start since joining Joe Girardi's rotation, and the Yanks are fetching a mid -150s price after opening about 10¢ lower. Nick Martinez gets the call for Texas with a 9 run total that is priced a bit to the 'over' and several shops listed on SBR's live baseball odds.

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Rangers On 7-Game Slide In Martinez's Starts
So far, so good for McCarthy in pinstripes. New York acquired the 9-year veteran in a deal with the Diamondbacks just before the All-Star Game, and he has posted three straight quality starts since arriving, each a Yankee victory.

A member of the Rangers staff from 2007-2009, McCarthy beat them last week in the Bronx with six innings of 4-hit, 1-run baseball. That leaves him 3-2 with a 3.41 ERA in eight starts vs. Texas since leaving the Lone Star State.

It has been more than two months since Martinez picked up his one and only win of 2014, and the Rangers have lost each of his last seven assignments while the former Fordham Ram pitched to a 7.09 ERA. He pitched well last Tuesday in the Bronx, his first career outing vs. the Yankees, holding the Yankees scoreless into the sixth before leaving. The entire game remained scoreless through 12 innings, as a matter of fact, before New York scored a 2-1 dubya in inning number 14.

 

Umpire Notes, Final Thoughts & A Free Pick
Veteran umpire Ron Kulpa should have the plate for Game 2, and brings a 9-11 O/U mark into the matchup. The St. Louis native has not made friends with home fans in his dish duties this season, visitors winning 13 of 20 and home underdogs going 2-5. Kulpa's lone appearance in Texas this year followed both trends, a 3-0 victory for the visiting Angels that never even sniffed a 9.5 run total on July 11.

New York is hoping to have Mark Teixeira back in the starting lineup tonight after the first baseman missed the last week or so due to a strained lat. Tex singled as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning of Monday's game, and that could boost a Yankees lineup that has averaged just over 3 RPG the last nine games.

But will that be enough to help push the final score past the total, even against a pitcher like Martinez? I'm not so sure, and once again will make my free pick on the 'under'.

MLB Pick: Yankees-Rangers Under 9 (-105)

Season: 92-91 (+0.75)