Amazingly, New York has only been an underdog four times in MLB wagering since their opening series of the season against Boston.
They are going to be an underdog at Texas on Wednesday though since Cliff Lee is scheduled to get the start for the Rangers.
Baseball wagering odds usually favor Lee whenever he is on the mound. He is considered one of the top pitchers in baseball and even against the Yankees, he is favored. This matchup on Wednesday by two of the top teams in the American League can be seen on ESPN. New York is expected to go with Javier Vazquez on Wednesday. He is 9-8 on the season with a 4.63 ERA. He did not pitch well last time out against Boston as he allowed six runs, three of which were earned in 5 1/3 innings. In his last three starts, Vazquez is 1-1 with a 4.34 ERA. He has not pitched well the last ten years against Texas as he is 2-2 with a 5.74 ERA.
Cliff Lee is 10-5 on the season with a 2.44 ERA. He is 5-4 with a 4.72 ERA in 10 career starts vs. the Yankees. In recent starts, Lee has been excellent going 1-1 with a 1.80 ERA in his last three outings.
Before yesterday’s game, the Yankees had won 11 of the last 20 games against Texas. The teams met in mid-April in New York and the Yankees swept the Rangers in a three-game series. Two of those three games went under the total.
New York has been one of the best road teams in the league this season. The Yankees are first in the league in runs scored per game. They are also in the Top 10 in ERA. New York should get a good test in this brief series against Texas, especially with Lee going against them on Wednesday.
The Rangers have been a very good home team this season. They are just barely above .500 on the road but at home they are excellent. Texas is fourth in the league in runs scored and they are in the top ten in ERA. The Rangers are known for offense but they are actually a team that goes under the total more often than they go over.