New York Yankees (7-7) at Detroit Tigers (11-3)
|Date & Time||Thursday April 23, 2015, 1:08 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Detroit Tigers -121 / New York Yankees +111 --- Over/Under: 8
YES, FSN-DET, MLB Network
The New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers end their four-game series Thursday afternoon.
The New York Yankees look to stay hot after winning five of their last six games. The Yankees offense has produced 18 runs in their last two games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The Yankees have won seven of their last eight games when topping three runs. Jacoby Ellsbury leads New York with 17 hits while Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira have combined for 24 RBI. The New York Yankees are starting to jell as the season picks up and could be a surprise if their bats remain red hot. Masahiro Tanaka gets the ball, and he’s 2-1 with a 3.94 ERA and 18 strikeouts this season. This will be Tanaka’s first career game against the Tigers.
The Detroit Tigers look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Tigers pitching staff has allowed 32 runs in their last five games. The Tigers have lost eight of their last 11 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Miguel Cabrera leads Detroit with 22 hits and 10 RBI while Yoenis Cespedes and J.D. Martinez have combined for 25 RBI. Three of the Detroit Tigers four losses this season have come on their home field. Anibal Sanchez takes the hill, and he’s 1-2 with a 7.71 ERA and 17 strikeouts this season. Sanchez is 2-1 with a 5.17 ERA and 12 strikeouts in his career against the Yankees.
The Yankees are 50-21 in their last 71 during game 4 of a series and 15-6 in Tanakas last 21 starts. The Tigers are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 4 of a series and 9-4 in Sanchezs last 13 starts as a favorite. The Yankees are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings in Detroit.
Tanaka and the plus money? With the way the Yanks are hitting the baseball? Yes, please. The value here with New York is too good to pass up.