Alfredo Simon (2-0, 2.02 ERA) and the Detroit Tigers (10-2) go up against CC Sabathia (0-2, 5.68 ERA) and the New York Yankees (6-6) in the first of a four-game series at Comerica Park. The game gets underway at 7:08 p.m. ET on Monday, Apr. 20 and will air on YES, FSN-DET and ESPN.
Simon is 0-3 with a 5.25 ERA against the Yankees in his career, but faces a struggling New York offense that's hitting just .236 on the year. Miguel Cabrera (.426, 7 Rs, 2 HRs, 10 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run. In his pitching opportunities against the Tigers, Sabathia is 19-12 with a 4.29 ERA. He meets a strong Detroit offense that's batting .305. Alex Rodriguez (.316, 10 Rs, 4 HRs, 11 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with two runs.
Detroit is a -134 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is eight runs. The Tigers have a winning record of 5-1 when playing as the favorite and an overall money line of +734. The Tigers come into the game with the fifth-ranked scoring offense in the AL, averaging 5.4 runs per game. The Tigers are a superb hitting team with 10.6 hits per game, one of the highest marks in the AL. The Tigers are a nightmare for opponents on the bases with an MLB-high 13 steals. Transitioning to the pitching staff, the Tigers don't allow many hitters to get on base, leading the league with a 1.00 WHIP.
On the other side, the Yankees have a record of 3-3 when they are the underdog and are -153 overall with the money line. New York is one of the top home-run-hitting teams in the league with 17 home runs.
Taking the hill against the Yankees will be the right-hander Simon. They sport a 4-4 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Detroit is 5-1, while New York is 2-3.
The Tigers managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Yankees who are coming in with a 5-3 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Tigers are 0-2. The Yankees have a 2-6 record when opponents outhit them.
Detroit ranks in the top 10 of the league at sixth when it comes to home runs, hitting 14 this season. New York ranks in the top five at second with 17.
Ranking seventh, New York is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.00 per game. Detroit ranks in the top five at second with 10.55.
Detroit ranks at the top of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage of .855. New York ranks in the top 10 at seventh with an OPS of .737.
The Yankees are 4-5 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Tigers are 1-2 when they allow at least one homer.