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New York Yankees vs. Detroit Tigers Free Pick- 8/9/13

Detroit Tigers (68-45) at New York Yankees (57-56)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 9, 2013 at 7:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)

Rick Porcello (R) (8-6) (4.347) vs. Ivan Nova (R) (4-4) (3.228)

The Line: New York Yankees +101 / Detroit Tigers -111 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Detroit, YES

The New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers face off on Friday in the Bronx for game one of their series at Yankee Stadium.

The New York Yankees return home from a miserable road trip, as they try to cling to any playoff hopes they may have left. The Yankees are 3-7 in their last 10 games, 29-25 at home this season, and they are 11 games back in the AL East. As a team the Yankees are hitting .240 with Robinson Cano hitting .287, Ichiro Suzuki hitting .278, and Brett Gardener hitting .270. The Yankees pitching staff has an ERA of 3.78 with the starters at 4.08 and the bullpen at 3.12. For game one against the Tigers, the Yankees start Ivan Nova, who is coming off of a win in his last start. For the season Nova has allowed 68 hits and 25 earned runs, while striking out 74 over 73 innings for a 5-4 record and a 3.08 ERA.

New York Yankees vs. Detroit Tigers Free Pick- 8/9/13

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The Detroit Tigers took care of business against the Indians and for their effort they have a commanding lead in the AL Central. The Tigers have won 12 games in a row, 31-26 on the road, and they have a seven game lead in the AL Central. As a team the Tigers are hitting .280, with Miguel Cabrera hitting .359, Torii Hunter hitting .310, and Jhonny Peralta hitting .305. The Tigers pitching staff has an ERA of 3.57, with the starters at 3.44 and the bullpen at 3.84. For game one in New York, the Tigers start Rick Porcello, who has won his last four decisions. For the season, Porcello has allowed 125 hits and 57 earned runs, while striking out 88 over 120 innings for a 8-6 record and a 4.28 ERA.

New York is 1-4 in their last five home games, 0-4 in their last four games overall, and 6-2 in Nova’s last eight home starts. Detroit is 7-1 in their last eight road games, 25-7 in their last 32 games overall, and 5-2 in Porcello’s last seven road starts. Detroit has won six of the last seven meetings of these two.

There are a few angels we could look at who could point us to the Yankees, but the reality of it is the Yankees look done and the Tigers are sprinting to the finish.

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