Anibal Sanchez (5-7, 4.65 ERA) and the Detroit Tigers (34-33) are in New York to meet Nathan Eovaldi (5-2, 5.12 ERA) and the Yankees (37-30) in a matchup that has the potential for plenty of offense. This is the second of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees won the last game 7-2 and New York leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 7:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jun. 20 and will air on FSN-DET and FOX.
Eovaldi is 1-0 with a 1.38 ERA against the Tigers in his career, but faces a solid Detroit offense that's hitting .272 on the year. Brett Gardner (.277, 47 Rs, 7 HRs, 33 RBIs, 15 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 4 for 5 with two runs, one home run, and three RBIs. In his pitching opportunities against the Yankees, Sanchez is 2-1 with a 4.09 ERA, 20 strikeouts and seven walks. Miguel Cabrera (.345, 38 Rs, 15 HRs, 51 RBIs, 1 SB) has been hitting the ball well for the Tigers, going 2 for 4 yesterday.
New York is a -118 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at eight runs. When playing as the favorite, the Yankees have a 20-14 record and overall money line at +274. The Yankees rank second in the majors in home runs with 84. Turning to the pitching staff, they have been extremely effective at striking opposing batters out at Yankee Stadium, leading the AL with 9.0 strikeouts per home game.
On the other side, the Tigers have a record of 12-14 when they are the underdog and are -107 overall with the money line. The top hitting team in the AL are the Tigers, who average 9.3 hits per game. The Tigers have racked up 52 steals on the year, making them one of the most threatening base-running teams in the league.
The Yankees are 4-1 against the Tigers this season. This game will feature Sanchez (RHP) on the mound against the Yankees, who have a 27-23 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Eovaldi will take the mound against the Tigers, who have a 24-26 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYY, O/U - Over
New York has won 46% (16-19) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Detroit has won 55% (16-13) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Yankees are coming into this game after allowing zero walks during their last outing. The Tigers have a 2-2 record when opponents give up that many walks.
It looks like the Yankees have a slight leg up on the Tigers, as the Yankees have won their last three games while the Tigers have lost their last three.
When they outhit their opponents, the Tigers are 30-8. The Yankees have a 25-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 15th, Detroit sits in the top half of the league in runs, scoring 278 this season. New York ranks in the top five at second with 308.
Ranking 13th, Detroit is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 202 this season. New York ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 213.
The Yankees are 31-17 when they hit at least one home run. The Tigers perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 24-11 record.