Yankees at Rangers 9/27/19 - MLB Picks & Predictions

Last Updated: 09/26/2019 at 10:02 PM ET

On Friday, the New York Yankees visit Arlington, Texas to open the final series of the regular season against the Texas Rangers. The Yankees lost to the Tampa Bay Rays 4-0 on Wednesday for their second straight loss. New York was held to one hit by Rays’ starter Charlie Morton and the bullpen. DJ LeMahieu had a clean single in the sixth inning for New York’s only hit of the game.

Texas lost on Wednesday to the Boston Red Sox 10-3. Rookie Kolby Allard fell to 4-2 after allowing five runs over three innings. The loss was the ninth in the last 10 for Texas. Rougned Odor belted a two-run double for the Rangers. Willie Calhoun was hit by a pitch during the first inning and was taken out with a bone contusion on is forearm.

DJ LeMahieu leads the Yankees with a .328 batting average and in hits with 194. Gleyber Torres leads in home runs with 38, while LeMahieu leads in RBIs with 99. New York is batting .267 while opposing hitters are averaging .249. On Friday, the Yankees will send James Paxton to the mound. The lefthander is 15-6 with an ERA of 3.73, 185 Ks and 55 BBs.

Danny Santana leads Texas with a .285 batting average and Elvis Andrus leads in hits with 160. Rougned Odor leads in home runs with 28 and RBIs with 86. Texas is averaging .247 at the plate, while opponents are averaging .267. On Friday, the Rangers will send Joe Palumbo to the mound. The lefthander is 0-2 with an ERA of 9.22, 14 Ks and 7 BBs.

New York has won each of the last 4 played on the road against Texas and 4 of the last 5 overall against the Rangers. Although the Yankees will likely rest regulars, look for competitive games. James Paxton is 10-0 in his last 10 starts for the Yankees lowering his ERA in that stretch from 4.61 to 3.73. The lefthander has allowed just 15 earned runs over 50.0 innings pitched during that span. Final Score Prediction, New York Yankees win 5-2

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