Phil Hughes: New York Yankees SP Should Affect Odds vs. Texas Rangers

Jeff Grant@@JeffGrantSportsContributor IApril 25, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19:  Phil Hughes #65 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Minnesota Twins on April 19, 2012 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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The New York Yankees (10-7) and Texas Rangers (14-4) will close out a three-game American League series on Wednesday night at Rangers Ballpark, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:05 ET.

Las Vegas oddsmakers have established the Rangers as minus-125 home favorites, while the total stands at 10.5 but is facing downward pressure in the market.

New York was shut out for the second time during the 2012 season last night, suffering a 2-0 loss to the Rangers. The teams play the rubber game tonight. The Yankees have still managed to register a 40-19 record in the last 59 regular season meetings in this series.

Phil Hughes (1-2, 6.75 ERA) will be making his fourth start of the year, coming off a 7-6 home win over the Minnesota Twins last time out, surrendering six runs (two earned) and six hits over 5.1 frames.  

The right-hander has a great chance to build off that effort, entering with a 2-0 record against the Rangers in three appearances (two starts), as he's not allowed a run over 15.1 combined innings. It's important to note that his last start against Texas came on May 25, 2009.

Sports bettors will find that the Yankees are 0-8 in Hughes' last eight road starts versus a team with a winning record.

Texas has the best record in the majors but is just 16-16 after shutting out its opponent the last two-plus years. The Rangers have gone "under" the total in three of their last four games overall.

Rangers starting pitcher Scott Feldman (0-0, 0.00 ERA) has made two relief appearances this season, allowing just one hit in 2.1 scoreless innings. He compiled an even 1-1 mark and 3.27 ERA in two spot-starts last year.

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 28:  Scott Feldman #39 of the Texas Rangers pitches in the fifth inning during Game Seven of the MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on October 28, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty
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Feldman will be facing the Yankees for the seventh time (fifth start), posting a 3-2 record and 4.76 ERA, but he will need to pitch carefully to the Bronx Bombers' leadoff man. New York shortstop Derek Jeter is 3-for-11 with two home runs against Feldman.

The Rangers are 31-7 in their last 38 games as a favorite of minus-110 to minus-150, while the "under" is 6-2 in that situation.

Weather forecasts suggest clear skies and game-time temperatures in the low-80s, with 15-20 mph winds out of the south throughout the game (in from right).

The "over" was 19-8 in these conditions at Rangers Ballpark last year. 

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