The New York Yankees and the Texas Rangers will wrap up a four game series Sunday afternoon from Yankee Stadium. The Rangers will give the starting call to 27-year old left-hander Martin Perez, and the Yankees will send 38-year old left-hander CC Sabathia to the mound. The Rangers lead the season-series 3-2.
Perez Targets First Win Since Late April
Martin Perez will take the hill for the 11th time of the season, looking to finally get back into the win column. Perez scattered three runs on 10 hits over seven innings against the Mariners in his latest performance, resulting in a no-decision in a 4-3 Rangers’ loss. The six-year veteran left-hander has pitched reasonably well in four out of his five starts since returning from injury. Perez now owns a poor 6.15 ERA and a 1.94 WHIP to go with a 2-4 record in 52.2 innings logged on the season. He has not seen a lot of the Yankees in his career, conceding 15 runs (12 earned) with a 2-1 record in 12.2 innings.
Rougned Odor is one of the hottest hitters in all of baseball, crushing four home runs along with 14 RBI’s in his last nine games. The 24-year old second baseman is having a decent season, recording a .275 average with 14 home runs and 45 RBI’s in 86 games. Odor is 5 for 20 with four RBI’s against the Yankees this season. The Rangers are swinging the bats well and they now rank sixth in the Majors with an average of 4.85 runs per game. The Texas pitching staff is struggling, posting a 4.89 team ERA, pegging them down at 27th overall.
Sabathia Notches Season-High 12 Strikeouts
CC Sabathia will take the mound for the 22nd time of the year, hunting for his first win since early July. Sabathia was terrific in his latest effort, limiting the White Sox to only one run on four hits in 5.2 innings, resulting in a no-decision in a 4-3 Yankees’ triumph. The 17-year veteran left-hander has not been pitching deep into the game recently, however he is having a strong season, recording a 3.49 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP accompanied with a 6-4 record in 113.1 innings pitched. He was roughed up in his lone meeting against Texas this season, squandering seven runs in 4.1 innings, and he stands at 11-6 with a weak 5.41 ERA in 23 career starts.
Didi Gregorius is swinging the bat well, driving in six runs in his last eight games, and he features a .324 average on the month. The 28-year old shortstop is having a strong second half, and he is currently hitting .270 with 20 home runs and 66 RBI’s. Gregorius is 7 for 22 with three RBI’s against Texas this season. The Yankees rank second in the big leagues with an average of 5.18 runs per game. The New York pitching staff is carrying a solid 3.70 team ERA, placing them fifth in the Majors