In the 2nd game of a 3 game series, the New York Yankees (18-12) take on the Texas Rangers (17-16). Bartolo Colon (2-1, 3.00) takes the mound for the Yankees and he''ll matchup against left hander Derek Holland (3-1, 4.66).

The Texas Rangers will be looking to even up the series as the Yankees were victorious on Friday night. Game time is set for Saturday at 8:05 pm ET in Arlington, Texas.

In their last matchup, the Yankees defeated the Rangers 4-1. Curtis Granderson provided the offense, slugging 2 home runs (in the 1st and 7th innings) and had 3 RBI on the night. Ivan Nova pitched a spectacular game, giving up just 1 run on 2 hits in 7 1/3 innings pitched. Mariano Rivera picked up his 12th save of the season with 2 strikeouts in the 9th. The Rangers were basically held in check until a Mike Napoli run in the 8th but this was the Yankees night.

"Spray on the Colon"

Bartolo ColonBartolo Colon has been an unexpected surprise to the New York Yankees pitching rotation. Since filling in for Phil Hughes, Colon is 2-0 with a 2.49 ERA in 21 2/3 innings and has struck out 20 batters. The Yankees couldn't have asked for anything more. Colon has had major success against Texas in his career.

He's 12-1 with a 2.89 ERA in his last 13 starts against Texas and has won his last 5 outings in Arlington. For his career, Colon is 17-6 with a 3.60 ERA in 26 starts against the Rangers. Colon is a veteran pitcher with a 155-104 mark for his career. The Yankees have a major edge in this game due to Colon's great success against Texas.

Homer happy

Curtis Granderson left a lasting impression on the Texas defense on Friday with a big 2 home run (in the upper deck), 3 RBI performance. Granderson has taken over the lead in home runs for New York with 10. He's a player that is streaky. Since coming to the Yankees, he's had a tough time keeping his batting average up but has done a decent job this year hitting .271.

Granderson had an awful season in 2010 for two-thirds of the year and then poured it on towards the end. He's gotten off to a much better start this season and look for Granderson to start to come on strong. He's only faced Derek Holland 3 times and picked up 1 hit (.333). In his last 3 games, Granderson is 4 for 11 with 3 runs scored and 2 HR and 3 RBI. Curtis should have an impact on Saturday's game against Derek Holland and Texas.

A Rod vs his former team

Alex RodriguezAlex Rodriguez had a very promising spring training but thus far in the regular season has been merely average, hitting.272 with 5 HR and 18 RBI. Age might be starting to creep in as Rodriguez is approaching his 36th birthday in July but Alex still has the ability to be great. He's hit well against Texas in his career, hitting 18 HR, 76 RBI, and batting .314 in 112 games. Look for Rodriguez who is hitting .500 in his last 6 at-bats to play well against his old team.

Overall as an offense, the Yankees don't have the greatest batting averages but they lead the league in homers and know how to get on base and capitalize. With Colon at the mound, there's slightly less pressure on the offense and they should be able to deliver against Holland.

Still playing "Young"

Michael Young may not be a rookie anymore but he's shown the ability to get on base for a high powered offensive team. He only has 1 home run this year (and 24 RBI). His job isn't to hit the home run, it's to get on base and be knocked in by one of the power hitters.

No Josh Hamilton at the moment but Texas is 2nd in HR with 38 and 4th in the league in RBI with 150. Young has done a great job of getting on base. He possess a .328 batting average. Up until Friday, he hit safely in 7 consecutive games. Nova was pitching a great game and Young's streak stopped. He faces another tough pitcher in Colon but look for Michael Young to get back on track, which is essential for the Rangers success.

No more juice?

I've always considered Ian Kinsler a good 2nd baseman and a reliable bat. Lately, he hasn't been so reliable. Come to think of it, he's had a significant dropoff since a stellar 2009 season. In 2009, Kinsler hit 31 HR and 86 RBI. Last season in 391 at-bats, Kinsler hit 9 HR and 45 RBI and batted .286.

This season, Kinsler hasn't been able to put it together in the absence of Hamilton. He's hitting 5 HR, 14 RBI with a .223 BA. I still consider Ian Kinsler a good player but he need's to get out of this funk. The juice reference is just speculation. Ian Kinsler is a fierce competitor when he's in the groove. Kinsler hasn't had much success against the Bronx Bombers, hitting a career .218 against them but he's hit safely in 6 out of his last 8 games. This is a player that's unpredictable. He could possibly go 0 for 4 on Saturday or he might possibly hit the winning home run off of Colon or Rivera.

"Coach: Do I have To pitch today?"

From his past experiences with the Yankees, this thought might have entered pitcher Derek Holland's mind. Holland hasn't shown anything in 4 starts against the Yankees for his career. He's 0-3 with a 8.13 ERA. Holland has also allowed 7 HR in 20 innings pitched against New York. This is a career 14-18 pitcher with a 5.38 ERA. Of course he has plenty of time to turn his career around but this isn't a good spot for Derek Holland. The Yankees should hit him hard.

What to look for?

You really have to like the Yankees at -105. Some sportsbook even have Texas listed as the favorites on the MLB odds boards. The Yankees are coming off of a great victory in where they pitched well and Granderson had a great game. This is setup perfectly. Holland has been a disaster against the Yanks while Colon has been a superstar against the Rangers. There's a major edge in the pitching matchup. Texas doesn't stand a chance in this game whether they're playing at home or not. Take the Yankees.

My Pick: Yankees -105