Detroit Tigers vs. New York Yankees - 4/10/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Yankees (3-2) at Detroit Tigers (3-1)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 8:08 pm (Comerica Park)
Masahiro Tanaka (0-0) (3.17) vs. J Verlander (0-0) (4.50)
The Line: Detroit Tigers -111 / New York Yankees +101 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
Sunday evening in the MLB, we’ve got game three of a great matchup between the New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.
The Tigers took game one of this series on Friday, blanking New York 4-0. The Yankees got their revenge in Saturday’s game two, however, scoring four runs in the fourth inning on the way to an 8-4 win and Detroit’s first defeat of the season.
For the pivotal game three on Sunday, the Yankees will be wheeling out right-hander Masahiro Tanaka. On opening day, Tanaka pitched pretty well, holding the Astros to two earned runs in his 5 2/3 innings of work. This will be another big test for Tanaka as he looks to improve on his 12-7 record from 2015.
At the plate, the Yankees boast a very formidable--if aging--assortment of bats. Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner lead things off, and the pair combined for three hits and three RBI in Saturday’s win. Alex Rodriguez, Carlos Beltran and Jacoby Ellsbury also played well in the Saturday victory, while new arrival Starlin Castro is already looking like a steal for the Yankees with his two hits and a run in that one.
USA TODAY Sports
Over on the Tigers side, they’ll be bringing out the big guns with Justin Verlander in Sunday’s matchup. Verlander last pitched on Tuesday, giving up three runs across six innings in a no-decision against the Marlins. In 2015, Verlander logged a disappointing 5-8 record in 20 starts, so he’ll be looking to get back on track.
The Tigers hitters are very well-rounded, and this team should score a lot of runs this season. Miguel Cabrera leads the Detroit charge once again, but he couldn’t get a hit on Saturday. Cabrera had much better luck in Friday’s win, serving up a solo homer with two hits and two RBI. The Tigers’ J.D. Martinez will be another important cog in the machine during 2016, and he logged two hits with a run on Friday. Martinez followed that up with a 1-for-4 performance in game two, leaving three runners on base.
Let’s move forward and check out some of the notable trends for Sunday’s game. The Yankees are 5-1 in their last five Sunday appearances, and 26-11 in their last 37 game threes of a series. That said, the Yankees are 0-4 in Tanaka’s last four starts.
As for the Tigers, they’re 4-1 in their last five overall, but just 1-8 in Verlander’s last nine starts against the American League East.
Both pitchers here have a very nice ceiling, but I like Tanaka a little better right now given Verlander’s recent struggles. I’ll stick with the Yankees once more in a relatively close game.