Jordan Zimmermann (13-10, 3.66 ERA) and the Detroit Tigers (2-0) square off against Luis Severino (5-3, 2.89 ERA) and the New York Yankees (2-1) in the first of a three-game series at Comerica Park. The game starts at 1:08 p.m. ET on Friday, Apr. 8 and will air on FSDT and YES.
Zimmermann takes the hill after pitching 201.2 innings last season, finishing 13-10 with a 3.66 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 164 strikeouts. Ian Kinsler (.455 ) continued his strong start to the season Wednesday, going 2 for 5 with one run. Severino takes the hill on the other side. He pitched 62.1 innings last season, going 5-3 with a 2.89 ERA 1.20 WHIP, and zero strikeouts. Starlin Castro (.583 ) has been successful at the plate to start the season for the Yankees, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The odds are Detroit -125 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is 7.5 The Tigers come into the game with the third-ranked scoring offense in the AL. The Tigers are one of the best in the MLB in terms of batting average with a superb team average of .309. They average 11.0 strikeouts per game.
New York is one of the top hitting teams in the league, converting .314 of their at-bats for hits. The Yankees have racked up four steals on the year, making them the most threatening base-running team in the league. Switching gears to New York's pitching staff, they allow just 1.3 walks per game, good for third in the AL.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYY
When New York is in the lead after the 7th inning, the team has a 2-0 record.
When they outhit their opponents, the Tigers and the Yankees both have records of 2-0.
Ranking 11th in runs, Detroit has earned 15 this season. New York ranks third with 27 runs.
Ranking 21st, Detroit is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching seven this season. New York ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 12.
The Tigers are 2-0 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Yankees are 2-1 when they hit at least one homer.