Rangers vs Yankees Game 4 MLB Playoffs 2010 Picks, Predictions & Odds: The New York Yankees are more than capable of putting a few wins together, so saying tonight's ALCS Game 4 with the Texas Rangers is a – must win – might be a little pre-mature. However, a Yankees loss would absolutely put them in a dificult two game hole.
The Yankees will be starting veteran A.J. Burnett in tonight's game, a move that could be risky considering his late season swoon. Burnett, who was left off the Yankees ALDS roster, finished the regular season with a 10-15 record and a 5.26 ERA. He pitching opponent for Game-4 is Tommy Hunter. The Rangers right-hander is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA this postseason.
Burnett, starting for the first time since Oct. 2, will get a chance to revive his disappointing season. He was 1-0 with a 2.50 ERA in three starts against the Rangers this year, last facing them in a rain-shortened, four-inning outing on Sept. 11.
Hunter was the losing pitcher in Game 4 of the ALDS, yielding three runs in four frames in a 5-2 loss to the Rays. He made one start vs. the Yankees this year, allowing two runs in five innings on Sept. 11. He fanned eight, but got a no-decision.
Cliff Lee tossed eight scoreless innings to earn the win as the Rangers hammered the Yankees 8-0 in Game 3 of the ALCS on Monday night. Texas cashed as -120 road favorites, while the teams played OVER the 7 1/2-run total set at Bodog.com . Josh Hamilton was 2-for-5 with a two-run homer for the Rangers, who now lead the best-of-seven series 2-1. Andy Pettitte allowed two runs over seven innings to take the loss for New York, which managed only two hits on the night.
MLB Picks: A well rested A.J. Burnett could be trouble tonight, especially if he finds his old form. The Yankees are tough to beat in the postseason in any ball park, but especially their own. My play is New York -152.