Anibal Sanchez (1-2, 7.71 ERA) and Masahiro Tanaka (2-1, 3.94 ERA) are on the hill in the last of a four-game series between the Detroit Tigers (11-4) and the New York Yankees (8-7) at Comerica Park. The Yankees won the last game 13-4 and New York leads the series 2-1. Action begins at 1:08 p.m. ET on Thursday, Apr. 23 and can be seen on YES, FSN-DET and MLB Network.
Sanchez pitched 3.1 innings in his last outing, surrendering nine runs, striking out two and walking two in a 12-3 defeat to the White Sox. Miguel Cabrera (.386, 8 Rs, 2 HRs, 10 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run. Tanaka went 7.0 innings, surrendering zero runs and striking out eight in a 9-0 win over the Rays in his most recent start. Chris Young (.368, 8 Rs, 4 HRs, 9 RBIs) has been successful at the plate to the start the season for the Yankees, going 3 for 6 yesterday with two runs.
Detroit is a -121 favorite against New York and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Tigers have recorded an overall money line of +818 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 7-2. The Tigers are one of the best in the AL in terms of hits with an impressive 10.4 per game. Detroit is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 13 bases. As for the pitchers, opposing offenses have been stifled by the Tigers, who have a team ERA of only 2.59. The Tigers are the fifth-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.13 so far this season.
In games where it is the underdog, New York has a 4-4 record and an overall money line of -47. The Yankees can change the game with one swing of the bat, leading the league with 21 home runs.
The Yankees lead the season series, 2-1. The Tigers have a great 4-1 record at home (7-2 overall) against right-handed starting pitchers, which is what they'll be facing when Tanaka takes the mound. Sanchez (RHP) will be on the hill against the Yankees, who have a 5-5 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET, O/U - Over
For the first time this season, the Tigers registered at least two errors.
The Yankees are 0-1 when they go into extra innings.
The Yankees managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Tigers who are heading in with a 4-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Tigers are 0-3. The Yankees have a 3-6 record when opponents outhit them.
New York tops the league in home runs with 21 this season. Detroit ranks in the top half at 13th with 14.
Ranking eighth, New York is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.14 per game. Detroit ranks in the top five at second with 10.36.
Ranking seventh, New York is in the top 10 of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.765). Detroit ranks in the top five at third with an OPS of .815.
The Yankees are 4-5 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Tigers are 2-4 when they allow at least one homer.