New York Yankees vs. Texas Rangers MLB Betting Odds: According to the folks at BodogLife.com, the New York Yankees are -164 betting odds Money Line favorites to tie this series up at 1-1 with the Texas Rangers (+149) Tuesday night. Game 2 has a scheduled start time of 7:05 PM CT (8:05 PM ET) from Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas. The OVER/UNDER for this New York Yankees at Texas Rangers Betting Odds has been set at a combined 11½ total runs.
The Texas Rangers are coming off a dramatic game 1 victory over the Bronx Bombers in the bottom of the 9th inning. With the game tied at 5-5, Marlon Byrd unleashed a walk-off Grand Slam, off of LHP Damaso Marte into the 100-degree Texas night.
Tonight’s game 2 features veteran LHP Andy Pettitte (12-8, 4.18) vs. the Rangers’ young LHP Matt Harrison (2-2, 7.40).
However, for New York, there’s a lot more concern than just last night’s “L”. Right-handed pitching sensation, Joba Chamberlain, was forced to leave thru 4 and 2/3rds innings, 93 pitches thrown, after experiencing stiffness in his right shoulder.
Yankees manager, Joe Girardi, remains optimistic, as he doesn’t believe it to be anything serious, just a muscular problem. Girardi did however admit Joba might very well miss his next 2 starts for NY. However, no final word has yet been issued by the organization, as his tests results are still pending. Joba Chamberlain was flown back to New York to be evaluated, immediately after last night’s loss.
Joba, who started the 2008 season coming out of the bullpen as a Set-up man to closer Mariano Rivera, was forced into a starting role after much controversy coming from co-owner Hank Steinbrenner. Joba’s status remains uncertain, until his results are revealed. As a starter, Chamberlain made 12 starts, and averaged 94.3 pitches per start.
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