Mike Pelfrey (6-11, 4.26 ERA) and CC Sabathia (6-10, 4.73 ERA) start in the second of a three-game series between the Detroit Tigers (3-0) and the New York Yankees (2-2) at Comerica Park. The Tigers won the last game 4-0, and Detroit leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 1:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 9 and can be seen on FSD+, YES and MLBN.
Pelfrey will take the hill after recording 164.2 innings last year, closing out the season with a 6-11 record, 4.26 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, and 86 strikeouts. Ian Kinsler (.467 ) had a good game yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. Sabathia will get the start on the other side. Last season, he pitched 167.1 innings, going 6-10 with a 4.73 ERA 1.42 WHIP, and two strikeouts. Mark Teixeira (.357 ) went 1 for 3 yesterday.
The odds for Detroit and New York are the Tigers -108, while the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 9U -120. The Tigers lead the MLB in batting average with a phenomenal team average of .325. Detroit's batters do not strike out very often, with only 10.3 per game.
The Yankees can change the game with one swing of the bat, ranking third in the league with seven home runs. The Yankees are an excellent base-stealing team with an MLB-best four stolen bases. When it comes to issuing walks, the Yankees have the fewest in the AL with only 1.0 walks allowed per game.
The Tigers have the edge in the season series, 1-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET
Detroit earned its first shutout of the season in its last game. New York has been shut out one time this season.
The Tigers managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Yankees who are coming in with a 1-2 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
Neither the Tigers (3-0) nor the Yankees (2-0) have lost a game when they outhit opponents.
Ranking 13th in runs, Detroit has earned 19 this season. New York ranks fifth with 27 runs.
Ranking 25th, Detroit is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching seven this season. New York ranks in the top five at third with 16.
The Tigers are 3-0 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Yankees are 2-1 when they hit at least one homer.