CC Sabathia (3-4, 2.58 ERA) takes the mound for the New York Yankees (30-30) as they meet Mike Pelfrey (1-5, 4.76 ERA) and the Detroit Tigers (30-29) in the first of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Jun. 10 and will air on FSDT and WPIX.
In his last start, Sabathia pitched 5.0 innings, giving up zero runs, striking out five and walking six in a 3-1 loss to the Orioles. Carlos Beltran (.282, 34 Rs, 16 HRs, 43 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run and two RBIs. The Tigers were victorious over the White Sox 7-4 the last time Pelfrey pitched. He went 6.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out three and walking three. Nick Castellanos (.316, 28 Rs, 11 HRs, 35 RBIs, 1 SB) has been hitting the ball well for the Tigers, going 2 for 3 Wednesday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
The Yankees are a -160 favorite with a total of 9.5.
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Detroit has won 46% (13-15) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, New York has won 57% (20-15) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Tigers are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded five strikeouts. The Yankees have a record of 9-6 when opponents' pitchers have five strikeouts or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Tigers are 25-7. The Yankees have a 22-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 22nd in runs, New York has earned 241 this season. Detroit ranks ninth with 275 runs.
Ranking 24th, New York is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.702). Detroit ranks in the top 10 at eighth with an OPS of .768.
When the Tigers allow at least one home run, they are 16-21, well-matched with the Yankees who are 18-22 when allowing at least one homer.