New York Yankees (76-65 SU, 75-66 RL, 73-65-3 O/U) vs. Texas Rangers (71-70 SU, 79-62 RL, 65-70-6 O/U)
MLB: Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 3:05 p.m. EST
The Line: New York Yankees -140/Texas Rangers +130. Total: 10.5.
The Texas Rangers and New York Yankees will wrap up a three-game series when they meet again at Globe Life Park in Texas on Sunday afternoon. New York took the middle contest on Saturday and is now 5-2 in its last seven. The Rangers have won four of their last six games despite the recent setback.
Chase Headley and Jacoby Ellsbury have provided consistent dividends at the plate of late as the Yankees keep within striking distance in the American League East while strengthening their spot atop the wild-card picture. Headley and Ellsbury will look to extend their respective eight-game hitting streaks on Sunday.
Left-hander Jordan Montgomery (7-7, 4.14 ERA) is taking the mound for New York on Sunday. Mired in a six-game winless stretch, Montgomery owns an 0-2 mark and 5.06 ERA in that span after surrendering two homers in 4.2 innings of a no-decision at Baltimore on Monday. The 24-year-old rookie has struggled to work deep into games, as he hasn’t pitched more than 5.1 frames in a start since defeating Cincinnati on July 25.
“I would love to get six innings out of him,” manager Joe Girardi commented. “Again, he hasn’t been stretched out as much lately just because we’ve been trying to conserve a little bit. We’ll go inning by inning with him.”
Griffin going well vs. Yankees
While New York has won five of seven to move within 4.5 games of AL East-leading Boston, Texas fell for just the fourth time in 11 outings and now finds itself 2.5 games behind Minnesota for the second wild-card spot. Brett Nicholas, who has hit safely in four straight and eight of his last nine games spread over a month, had an RBI double in the fifth inning to account for the Rangers’ lone hit on Saturday. Catcher Robinson Chirinos has reached base safely in 23 straight starts. The Rangers are just 12-19 versus AL East foes, while the Yankees are 13-19 against AL West representatives. The former drove in two runs during Saturday’s 3-1 win, improving to 12-for-30 with three homers, six RBIs, and seven runs scored during his season-high hitting streak. Ellsbury has driven in five runs and scored as many during his hitting streak heading into Sunday’s tilt versus starter A.J. Griffin, against whom Griffin is just 1-for-14 in his career.
A.J. Griffin (6-5, 5.09 ERA) will oppose Montgomery on Sunday. The right-hander has enjoyed a sterling stretch in his career versus New York, posting a 3-0 mark with a 2.37 ERA in five career outings.
“I just try and go out there and pitch,” said the 29-year-old, who went eight stellar innings against the Yankees at home on April 26 of last season. “They have a pretty different team than the last time I faced them. I just go out there and try to get everyone out like I always do.”
The New York Yankees are:
- 5-2 in their last seven overall
- 5-2 in their last seven games against teams with winning records
- 5-2 in their last seven games on grass
The Texas Rangers are:
- 1-5 in their last six Sunday games
- 1-4 in Griffin’s last five starts
- 1-4 in Griffin’s last five starts on grass
Griffin hasn’t been as impressive of late for the Rangers, posting a 2-3 record with a 4.20 ERA in five starts since his return from the disabled list. New York is 5-2 in its last seven overall, 5-2 in its last seven against winning opponents, and 5-2 in its last seven on grass. The Rangers are 1-5 in their last six on Sundays, 1-4 in Griffin’s last five starts, and 1-4 in Griffin’s last five starts on grass. Expect those trends to continue.
Pick: New York Yankees -140
New York catcher Gary Sanchez is 7-for-17 with four RBIs in his last four games. The over is 5-1 in the Yankees’ last six overall, 7-1 in their last eight on the road, 4-0 in their last four following a win, 5-1 in their last six against winning opponents, and 6-2 in Montgomery’s last right road starts. It is also 5-1-2 in the Rangers’ last eight overall, 3-1-1 in their last five at home, and 10-4-1 in Griffin’s last 15 starts. Look for this one to go over the total.