Phil Hughes vs. Colby Lewis
The pitching matchup in Game 6 is a rematch of Game 2 in which the Rangers beat the Yankees and pounded Hughes. New York will need a much better effort out of Hughes if they are to stay alive in this series.
If the Yankees win this game it would force a Game 7 in this series and give the Yankees a chance to make some history. If they can come back from 3-1 down and go to the World Series it would be their best comeback in more than 50 years. If it happens then it might be because of the message that manager Joe Girardi gave to the team after their Game 4 loss. Girardi cost his team that game by leaving A.J. Burnett in the game but after the loss he got the team refocused with a message that told them how they won 95 games in the best division in the league. Game 5 winner CC Sabathia said that message was a big reason why the Yankees won Game 5. The Yankees got their bats going in Game 5 and maybe turned the series around.
Friday Baseball Betting Trends
The Yankees are 5-1 in their last 6 games as a road favorite. The Yankees are 3-7 in their last 10 Friday games. The Yankees are 1-4 in their last 5 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Yankees are 23-10 in Hughes' last 33 starts as a favorite but they are just 1-4 in Hughes' last 5 road starts. The Rangers are 5-2 in their last 7 games as an underdog. The Rangers are 2-6 in their last 8 home games vs. a right-handed starter. The Rangers are 5-11 in Lewis' last 16 starts. Looking at the total in baseball futures, the Over is 7-1-2 in the Yankees last 10 playoff road games. The Over is 4-1-1 in the Yankees last 6 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Under is 3-1-2 in Hughes' last 6 road starts. The Over is 3-1-3 in the Rangers last 7 home games. The Over is 3-0-2 in Lewis' last 5 home starts. The Over is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings between the two teams in Texas.