The New York Yankees and Texas Rangers will meet a day after both teams had productive outings Wednesday. Giancarlo Stanton got the party popping for the Yankees with a grand slam in the 2nd inning. It broke a 2-2 tie and the Yankees cruised the rest of the way to an easy win. The Rangers’ offense had some fun yesterday as well. They put up 11 runs to get a 11-7 win at home against the Mariners. Another tough loss for the Mariners who are sitting there watching their wildcard disappear in the American League.
All that hard work earlier in the season is going out the window for them, but is that a surprise to anyone? The Mariners have been known to do this the last few years, so they’re hitting par for the season. The Athletics have snatched that spot, while the Mariners look like they are on life support. They have to keep things in perspective, though, they’re only a few games away from getting in.
The Yankees need to make some giants leaps if they want to catch the Red Sox. Spoiler: that’s not happening. The Red Sox aren’t showing any signs of slowing down. Even if the Yanks get hot, they are likely just going to be trading sideways with the Red Sox.
Getting a wildcard and homefield advantage is not a lock, though. In the absence of Aaron Judge they need a bat to step up, like say Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton did his part last night by drilling a 4-run shot to give the Yankees a 6-2 lead. J.A. get the second start with the Yankees since getting traded from the Blue Jays. He had to wait due to the foot, mouth, and hand disease that he caught from a child’s camp over the All-Star break. The Rangers will counter with rookie Ariel Jurado. Get our free Rangers vs. Yankees pick from Yankee Stadium below.
Texas Rangers vs. N.Y. Yankees Pick
Ariel Jurado (2-1, 4.02 ERA) vs. J.A. Happ (11-6, 4.05 ERA)
J.A. Happ was stellar in his debut in pinstripe on July 29th. He held the Royals to 1 run and 3 hits across 6 innings of work at Yankee Stadium. Happ never got much attention playing in Toronto, but he was consistently good for the Blue Jays. He will have issues that flare up here and there that distort his numbers. For instance, in five of his last ten outings, Happ has allowed 1 or no runs. However, he’s also had two starts where he gave up 6 and 7 runs.
In his last three outings, Happ owns a 1.23 ERA and 0.95 WHIP. Happ was sharp in the last appearance he had at Yankee Stadium as well. He held the Yankees to 4 hits and 1 run last season. Going back to 2014 with the Jays, he was solid again with 2 earned runs surrendered in 5.1 innings. In other words, Happ has liked pitching at Yankee Stadium. Texas have been useless against Happ, as they are hitting just .176 against him in 74 at-bats. Chironis is the only guy to take Happ deep.
Jurado was called up to start in May, got bombed for 4 runs in 4 innings of work, and then was sent straight back down. He was recalled recently and looked much better. Jurado allowed a run to the Astros and 2 to the Orioles. In 15.2 innings of work, he owns a 4.02 ERA and .297 OBA. The Rangers’ bullpen holds a 4.10 ERA for 17th in the majors. I know people want to hate on the Yankees’ pen, but they are 3rd with an ERA of 3.11. It’s time for the Yanks to wake up and start burying the bad teams like they did yesterday. I don’t know if they bury the Rangers, but they should pull away in the 6th or 7th to win comfortably.