Texas and New York wrap up their regular-season series with the closing contest of a three-game set at Yankee Stadium, so we bring you the best Rangers vs. Yankees betting pick and odds for Wednesday, September 22, 2021.
The Yankees have won four of their first five encounters with the Rangers in 2021 (Tuesday’s Game 6 has been excluded from the analysis). New York is a huge -265 moneyline fave for Wednesday’s closer, while the totals sit at 8.5 runs on BetUs Sportsbook.
The Rangers are back to losing ways
The Texas Rangers have won seven of their first 12 games in September, but they’ve dropped six of their previous eight contests overall to fell to 55-95 on the season. The Strangers battled bravely against the Yankees last Monday and still suffered a 4-3 defeat as +240 road underdogs.
Texas has struggled on the mound over the last couple of weeks, posting the third-highest ERA in the majors (6.26) to go with a 1.49 WHIP and a .273 batting average against. On the other side of the ball, the Rangers have scored 47 runs through 13 games in that span while slashing .239/.295/.346.
Taylor Hearn will take the hill Wednesday and face off against the Yankees for the second time in 2021. Back in May, the 27-year-old southpaw tossed a couple of scoreless innings in relief and yielded just one hit and a free pass to the Yankees.
Hearn is 6-5 with a 4.52 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in nine starts and 31 relief appearances this term. He’s struggled as of late, giving up 13 earned runs in three starts and 16.1 innings of work in September.
The Yankees are desperate for a win
The New York Yankees improved to 84-67 on the season following that 4-3 win to Texas last Monday. They snapped a two-game skid and cut their deficit in the wild-card race to just half a game, as Toronto lost at Tampa Bay.
The Yankees have had a rough time lately, dropping eight of their previous 14 games overall while compiling a 4.45 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, and a .261 batting average against. They’ve scored 60 runs in that stretch, posting a solid .244/.313/.460 batting line.
Corey Kluber will get the starting call Wednesday, and he’s 5-1 with a 3.16 ERA in eight career starts against Texas. Back on May 19, 2021, Kluber threw a no-hitter at Globe Life Field, allowing one free pass and punching out nine.
The 35-year-old righty is 5-3 with a 3.68 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in 14 starts this season. He spent nearly three months on the IL this summer, and since rejoining the Yanks rotation on August 30, Kluber has registered a disappointing 5.60 ERA and 4.86 FIP in four starts and 17.2 frames of work.
- 1-5 in the last six games overall
- 4-9 in the last 13 games against the Yankees
- 5-1 in the last six home games against Texas
Texas Rangers vs. New York Yankees Pick
Taylor Hearn has surrendered seven earned runs on eight hits and three walks across 3.2 frames last time out. He’s registered a 5.45 ERA and 5.01 FIP over his last six starts, so I’m expecting the Yankees to win this game by two or more runs on the back of their offense.
New York is more dangerous when hitting the lefties, posting a .751 OPS on the season (seventh-best in the majors). The Yankees just have to win here and should thrive under pressure.
Pick: Take New York Yankees -1.5 at -133
The Yankees bullpen has been a problem over the last two weeks, tallying a 4.85 ERA and 5.18 FIP while surrendering a whopping 1.97 home runs per nine innings. On the other side, the Rangers ‘pen has posted a 3.36 ERA and 4.38 FIP in that stretch, but the Yankees should score a few runs early in this game and put some pressure on the Rangers’ relievers.
Also, Corey Kluber will have a tall task to replicate his previous performance against the Rangers. I’ve mentioned his woes since returning from the IL, though Kluber threw six scoreless innings last Friday. The Yankees to cover remain my best wager.
Pick: Go over 8.5 runs at -120