After opening up the second half of their season with a series loss in Boston to the Red Sox, the Yankees will be heading to Texas to try and gain some momentum going.
22nd July: Yankees @ Rangers (Ivan Nova vs Yu Darvish) 7:00 PM ET
In game one of the four game set, in my opinion, will be the best pitching matchup of the series as Ivan Nova takes the mound to face off against Yu Darvish. Ever since coming back from the minors, Nova has been in scintillating form and has been carrying the Yankees pitching staff along along with Hiroki Kuroda. Darvish has also been in great form having a 8-4 record with a 3.02 ERA. On the offensive side for the game we shouldn’t expect to see many runs with these pitchers on the mound and I expect the Yankees to ride Ivan Nova to a series opening 3-2 win.
23rd July: Yankees @ Rangers (Phil Hughes vs Alexi Ogando) 8:05 PM ET
In game two of the four game set the Yankees will be sending out the weakest link that they have in the pitching rotation in Phil Hughes up against a stellar Alexi Ogando who has had a 2.93 ERA this season. I expect the Yankees to have difficulty producing on the offensive end of the game and the Rangers will look to get a game back by hammering an inconsistent Phil Hughes and in this game it looks like it could be a blowout with the Texas Rangers leveling up the series with a 7-3 win.
24th July: Yankees @ Rangers (Andy Pettitte vs Derek Holland) 8:05 PM ET
In game three of the four game set the Yankees will send out veteran pitcher, Andy Pettitte to go up against up and coming pitcher, Derek Holland. With Holland fielding a 3.10 ERA it seems as though he is in control as Pettitte has been inconsistent this season but I see this as a breakout game for the veteran pitcher. I see him pitching seven strong inning of one run ball and see the Yankees to a lead in the series after taking game three 2-1.
25th July: Yankees @ Rangers (Hiroki Kuroda vs Ross Wolf) 2:05 PM ET
In the final game of the four game set, the Yankees will be sending out the ace of their pitching rotation (CC Sabathia should not be considered an ace this season), Hiroki Kuroda to go up against Ross Wolf. Wolf has not been in great form this season as he holds a 1-3 record with a 3.79 ERA whereas Hiroki Kuroda has been in great form holding a 9-6 record with a AL best 2.65 ERA. I fully expect Kuroda to keep his great form going and to lead the Yankees to a 3-1 series win over the Texas Rangers by pitching a a two run ball game with the Yankees eventually winning 4-2 in the series finale.