New York Yankees vs. Detroit Tigers
The New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers meet on Friday for game one of their weekend series in the Bronx. The Tigers are -140 favorites over the Yankees with an over/under run total set at 8.5.
The New York Yankees have started the season playing one of the tougher schedules in all of baseball and while they haven’t exactly lit it up they are over.500 and very much in the mix. The Yankees lost their last two games, are 6-4 in their last 10, and are a game back in the A.L. East. As a team the Yankees are hitting .279 led by Derek Jeter at .420, Mark Teixeira at .268, and Robinson Cano at .267. As a team the Yankees pitching staff has an ERA of 4.41 with the starters at 5.73 and the bullpen at 2.31. For game one against the Tigers New York starts Ivan Nova who is unbeaten this year in three starts. For the season Nova has allowed 25 hits and eight earned runs while striking out 20 over 19 innings of work for a 3.79 ERA.
Things seemed to be going smoothly for the Detroit Tigers to start the season but now they are a team that is slumping badly. The Tigers have lost four games in a row, are 4-6 in their last 10 games, and 4-2 on the road this season. As a team the Tigers are hitting .244 led by Price Fielder at .310, Miguel Cabrera at .288, and Austin Jackson at .261. The Tigers pitching staff has a combined ERA of 4.01 with the starters at 4.35 and the bullpen at 3.51. For game one against the Yankees Detroit throws their ace, Justin Verlander who looks to be as effective as ever. For the season Veralander has allowed 17 hits and six earned runs while striking out 31 over 31.1 innings of work for a 1.72 ERA.
New York is 40-18 in their last 58 home games, 4-1 in game one in a series, and 20-7 in Nova’s last 27 starts. Detroit is 4-0 in their last four road games, 1-5 in their last six road games against a team with a winning record, and 37-15 in Verlander’s last 52 starts. Detroit is 6-2 in the last eight meetings of these two.
This one sets up to be low scoring and for my pick I will take the under.