Adam Warren (4-4, 3.78 ERA) and Justin Verlander (0-0, 3.60 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the New York Yankees (36-30) and the Detroit Tigers (34-32) at Yankee Stadium. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Jun. 19 and can be seen on FSN-DET, YES and MLB Network.
Warren is 2-0 with a 4.09 ERA in his appearances against the Tigers, and goes up against a quality Detroit offense which is batting .272 this season. Alex Rodriguez (.278, 37 Rs, 12 HRs, 34 RBIs, 1 SB) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run and one RBI. Miguel Cabrera (.342, 38 Rs, 15 HRs, 51 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 5 Wednesday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs.
New York is a -128 favorite against Detroit and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Yankees have an overall money line of +174 and a record as the favorite of 19-14. The Yankees are one of the best in the MLB in terms of home runs with 81. Crossing over to the pitching staff, opponents have consistently been struck out by the Yankees, who lead the AL in strikeouts per home game with 8.9.
In games where it is the underdog, Detroit has a 12-14 record and an overall money line of -107. The Tigers capitalize on their at-bats at a high percentage, leading the league with a .272 team batting average. The Tigers are an excellent base stealing team with 52 stolen bases, ranking fourth in the MLB.
The Yankees lead the season series, 3-1. The Yankees have a 26-23 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Simon takes the mound. Warren (RHP) will be on the hill against the Tigers, who have a 24-26 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYY, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Detroit is 16-12, while New York is 15-19.
The Yankees are coming into this game after allowing zero walks during their last outing. The Tigers have a 2-1 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 two games while the Tigers have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Tigers are 30-8. The Yankees have a 24-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 13th in runs, Detroit has earned 276 this season. New York ranks fourth with 301 runs.
Ranking 12th, 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 211.
When the Yankees hit at least one home run, they are 30-17, well-matched with the Tigers who are 24-11 when hitting one or more homers.