Monday MLB: Yankees Small Favorites on Road Against Texas

New York Yankees (-1.09) at Texas Rangers (+1.01, 9 O/U )

Right-hander Ivan Nova takes the mound tonight for the road team New York Yankees. He is 2-3 on the year with a 3.34 ERA. Back from Tommy John surgery, Nova has worked six innings or more in three of his five starts, including his most recent outing, on Wednesday against Baltimore. That outing represented Nova’s first quality start since his season debut. The Yankees are 2-3 in games started by him, and have gone over 25% of those games.

The Texas Rangers will send left-hander Matt Harrison out as their starter; he has a 1-1 record so far in 2015. Harrison earned his first Major League victory since May 8, 2014, in a 9-0 victory over the Rockies on Tuesday. He allowed seven hits, walked one and struck out two in six innings. The Rangers have gone over the total in 50% of his starts. . The New York Yankees are 47-50 on the year, with an over/under record of 48-45-4. Texas is 47-50 this year, and 44-48-5 on totals. Forecasts are calling for 97° temperatures. The humidity will be around 35%. There is a 1% chance of precipitation.

Harrison: 30 years old left-hander, 6’4” 240 pounds.
Throws: fastball (86.1 mph, 73%), slider (5%), cutter (8%) splitter (14%)

New York Yankees Offense

Runs per game (ranking): 5.35 (2)
Home Runs: 24 (2)
Batting average: 0.244 (16)
On-base percentage: 0.329 (7)
Slugging percentage: 0.431 (6)
Stolen bases: 11 (10)
Last seven games: 2 (.826 OPS)
Last 14 games: 3 (.824 OPS)
Last 28 games: 7 (.760 OPS)
Versus Righties: 8 (.731 OPS)
Versus lefties: 2 (.820 OPS)
Home: 9 (.754 OPS)
Away: 5 (.765 OPS)
1st Inning Production: 8 (.808 OPS)
Facing a Power Pitcher: 1 (.869 OPS)
Facing a Finesse Pitcher: 22 (.689 OPS)
Facing a fly ball pitcher: 16 (.683 OPS)
Facing a ground ball pitcher: 25 (.552 OPS)
Run Production at Night: 1 (.811 OPS)
Run Production During Day: 27 (.567 OPS)
First five innings: 5 (.787 OPS)
6th to 9th Innings: 3 (.771 OPS)

Nova: 29 years old right-hander, 6’4” 225 pounds.
Throws: fastball (92.9 mph, 65%), cutter (28%) splitter (7%)

Texas Rangers Offense

Runs per game (ranking): 4.06 (18)
Home Runs: 12 (23)
Batting average: 0.21 (32)
On-base percentage: 0.297 (22)
Slugging percentage: 0.334 (29)
Stolen bases: 11 (10)
Last seven games: 16 (.694 OPS)
Last 14 games: 23 (.653 OPS)
Last 28 games: 26 (.631 OPS)
Versus Righties: 27 (.580 OPS)
Versus lefties: 12 (.739 OPS)
Home: 18 (.672 OPS)
Away: 25 (.603 OPS)
1st Inning Production: 8 (.808 OPS)
Facing a Power Pitcher: 17 (.582 OPS)
Facing a Finesse Pitcher: 13 (.761 OPS)
Facing a fly ball pitcher: 19 (.660 OPS)
Facing a ground ball pitcher: 25 (.552 OPS)
Run Production at Night: 28 (.577 OPS)
Run Production During Day: 11 (.726 OPS)
First five innings: 15 (.702 OPS)
6th to 9th Innings: 15 (.650 OPS)