On Friday night, the Detroit Tigers will face the New York Yankees in Game 1 of their series at Yankee Stadium.
The Detroit Tigers have won five of their last six games and are 21-30 on the season. Detroit is coming off a four-game series victory over Minnesota, in which they won four of the five games. This season, the Tigers’ pitching staff had a 3.51 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and a.225 opponent batting average. With a.223 batting average and a.284 on-base percentage, the Tigers offence has scored 146 runs. This season, Jonathan Schoop has a.198 batting average with five home runs and 17 RBIs for the Tigers. Elvin Rodriguez, who has tossed 11.2 innings this season and has a 6.17 ERA and 1.20 WHIP, is Detroit’s anticipated starter.
The New York Yankees have won seven of their last nine games and are 36-15 on the season. New York is coming off a three-game series victory over the Angels, in which they won all three games. The pitching staff in New York has a 2.83 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and a.214 opponent batting average. This season, the Yankees offence has 237 runs, a.243 batting average, and a.319 on-base percentage. This season, Aaron Judge has a.303 batting average with 19 home runs and 39 RBIs for the Yankees. Gerrit Cole, New York’s anticipated starter, is 4-1 with a 3.12 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP in 57.2 innings thrown this season.
Detroit is 5-1 in their last six games versus the AL East and 5-2 in their past seven. In Detroit’s last five Friday games, the under is 5-0. New York is 45-19 in their past 64 games and 4-0 in their last four Friday games. In New York’s last seven series openers, the over is 7-0. In the last seven head-to-head matches between these two teams, the under is 6-1.
The Tigers have been performing well in recent games, but they are up against a formidable opponent here. Gerrit Cole has been impressive in his recent starts and will face a Detroit team that is struggling offensively. Rodriguez struggled in his first two starts for the Tigers, but was excellent through four innings in his last start before exiting due to injury.
Free Pick: New York Yankees