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New York Yankees vs. Detroit Tigers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/4/14

Detroit Tigers (60-47) at New York Yankees (56-53)

MLB Baseball: Monday, August 4, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)

Max Scherzer (R) (13-3) (3.267) vs. Brandon McCarthy (R) (6-10) (4.556)

The Line: New York Yankees +120 / Detroit Tigers -130 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN-DET, YES, ESPN

The Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees begin a four-game series at Yankees Stadium on Monday night.

The Tigers are coming off a sweep over the Colorado Rockies and are 14 games above a .500 record. The Tigers offense continues to carry the team during the second half of the season, as they’ve scored four or more runs in six straight games. The Tigers have won 15 of their last 18 games when scoring more than three runs. Miguel Cabrera has a six-game hitting streak and Victor Martinez has homered in back-to-back games. Starting is Max Scherzer, who is 13-3 with a 3.27 ERA and has 167 strikeouts in 146 innings. Scherzer is 4-1 with a 4.08 ERA in five career starts against the Yankees.

New York Yankees vs. Detroit Tigers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/4/14

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The Yankees have won seven of their last 12 games and are four games above a .500 record. The Yankees offense has improved greatly during this stretch, producing four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Yankees have won seven of their last nine games when scoring more than three runs. Brett Gardner has five homers in his last six games and Carlos Beltran has a 10-game hitting streak. The Yankees pitching staff has an ERA of 3.89. Brandon McCarthy takes the mound, and he’s 6-10 with a 4.56 ERA and has 113 strikeouts in 134.1 innings. McCarthy is 3-3 with a 3.45 ERA in 16 career games against the Tigers.

The Tigers are 4-0 in Scherzers last 4 road starts and 41-14 in Scherzers last 55 starts overall. The Yankees are 4-0 in McCarthys last 4 starts and 7-3 in their last 10 home games. The Tigers are 7-3 in the last 10 meetings against the Yankees.

The Yanks are a hungry team that knows it must keep winning in order to make the playoffs. With the Yankees coming home and playing with a little confidence, I'll take NY and the plus money. 

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New York Yankees +120

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