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New York Yankees at Texas Rangers odds, picks and prediction

Aug 26, 2020; Cumberland, Georgia, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees (22-18) and Texas Rangers (18-24) swing into a four-game series Monday with an 8:05 p.m. ET game at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. Let’s analyze BetMGM Sportsbook‘s lines around the Yankees vs. Rangers odds with MLB picks and predictions.

RHP Gerrit Cole is the projected starting pitcher for the Yankees. He is 5-1 with a 1.37 ERA, 0.68 WHIP, 13.3 K/9, and 0.5 BB/9 in 52 2/3 IP over 8 starts.

Cole is coming off eight shutout frames against the Rays on Wednesday. Monday’s start at Texas will mark the right-hander’s fourth road turn this season; he’s allowed just two earned runs over the first three.

RHP Jordan Lyles is the projected starter for the Rangers. He is 1-3 with a 6.63 ERA, 1.61 WHIP, 8.5 K/9, and 3.6 BB/9 in 38 IP over 8 starts. Lyles has allowed 15 ER over 11 home innings this season.

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Yankees at Rangers odds, lines, picks and prediction

MLB odds courtesy of BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports for a full list. Odds last updated at 10:12 a.m. ET.

  • Money line: Yankees -300 (bet $300 to win $100) | Rangers +230 (bet $100 to win $230)
  • Against the spread/ATS: Yankees -2.5 (-105) |  Rangers +2.5 (-115)
  • Over/Under: 8 (O: -105 | U: -115)

Prediction

Yankees 6, Rangers 3

Money line (ML)

The Yankees are closing out a 10-game, three-stop road trip with this four-game set in Arlington. New York has thus far gone 4-2 on the trip, and the Yanks are 13-5 since April 27.

The Rangers are returning home after a woeful 0-6 trip to San Francisco and Houston. Texas scored just 17 runs over the half-dozen games (2.8 runs per game); the Rangers clocked a mere .598 OPS on the trip.

Both clubs figure as a bit undercooked with their current won-loss records. PASS on trying to parse any value on the expensive money line.

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Run line/Against the spread (ATS)

A 2-and-a-half-run line gets this matchup into a near-even-money proposition. Consider the YANKEES -2.5 (-105) play — perhaps with a partial unit — as being the best way to leverage the visitors’ monster advantage on the mound.

Over/Under (O/U)

Lyles allows a lot of fly balls and he’s been hit hard. Although the Yanks are dinged up with a few injuries, their Statcast data is more out of line with their results than just about any other club in Major League Baseball.

The Rangers have hit the ball well on their last couple of home stands. Cole and both bullpens are top-notch but peg the OVER 8 (-105) as a low-to-moderate-confidence play.

An 8 marks a higher-than-normal O/U for Cole; consider holding out for a better price.

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