In the first of a three-game series between the Detroit Tigers (59-49) and the New York Mets (56-52) at Comerica Park, Justin Verlander (11-6, 3.54 ERA) and Noah Syndergaard (9-5, 2.48 ERA) get the ball. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 5 and will air on FSDT and SNY.
In his last start, Verlander pitched 9.0 innings, giving up two runs, striking out 11 and walking one in a 3-2 victory over the Astros. Miguel Cabrera (.308, 63 Rs, 25 HRs, 70 RBIs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. The Mets were also victorious the last time Syndergaard pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 6.0 innings, allowing three runs (one unearned), striking out six and walking two in a 6-4 victory over the Rockies. Jay Bruce (.259, 61 Rs, 26 HRs, 83 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs.
Detroit, a -120 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against New York. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is set at seven runs. The Tigers perform well as a favorite with a 29-12 record and have an overall money line of +1,501. They are 3-1 as the favorite over their last 10 games. Over their past 10 games, Detroit's offense has been playing lights out, averaging 6.5 runs per game, well over their season average of 4.8. The Tigers rank fifth in the majors in home runs with 144.
Switching gears, the Mets come into this game with a win percentage of .438 when playing as the underdog (14-18) and an overall money line of -1,068. Over the last 10 games, the team is winless as the underdog with a 0-3 record and 3-7 SU. They also allow just 2.6 walks per game, the best in the NL.
This game will feature Syndergaard (RHP) on the mound against the Tigers, who have a 43-33 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Verlander will take the mound against the Mets, who have a 42-38 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET, O/U - Over
When leading after seven innings, Detroit is 29-22, while New York is 20-19.
The Mets are coming into this game after allowing no walks during their last outing. The Tigers have a 3-4 record when opponents don't give up any walks.
When they outhit their opponents, the Mets are 36-9. The Tigers have a 45-10 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 28th in runs, New York has earned 402 this season. Detroit ranks seventh with 519 runs.
Ranking 18th, Detroit is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 320 this season. New York ranks in the top half at 14th with 334.
The Tigers are 49-28 when they hit at least one home run. The Mets perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 48-25 record.