New York Yankees
After wrapping up a three game set at Fenway Park last night, the New York Yankees will hit the road once again and invade the Motor City, where they will tangle with the Detroit Tigers beginning on Monday night. The Bronx Bombers had won six straight before losing on Sunday Night Baseball. The Tigers enter their first series of the year with the Yankees on the heels of ending a five game road trip at just 1-4. Detroit has won five straight games at home, but will need to exorcize the demons of going just 1-5 against New York last year.
With LHP Andy Pettitte on the shelf with elbow inflammation, RHP Sergio Mitre will get to make his first start of the season for the men in pinstripes. Mitre has made five appearances in relief this year, allowing just three runs in 9.2 innings of work. He started nine games last year for New York in spot duty, but was nothing to write home about, going 3-3 with a 6.79 ERA. He is prone to giving up the long ball, something that has plagued him for his entire career, as Mitre has allowed 45 dingers in just 61 career starts. He has never faced the Tigers.
LHP Dontrelle Willis hasn't allowed more than four earned runs in a start this year, and if his last two outings are any indicator, he's starting to get his mojo back with strikeouts. The lefty has K'd 12 batters in his L/2 starts combined, and has only given up three runs in those 11.1 frames. On the season, the D-Train is 1-1 with a 3.99 ERA, which is a notable improvement from the 7.49 ERA he had in 2009 and the 9.38 ERA he had in 2008. Even though Willis has an 0-1 lifetime record against the Yanks, he only allowed two runs in eight innings as a tough luck loser in his only start against them in his career.
For a team that is 9-3 at home, we're getting a really nice price on the Tigers as underdogs in this one. Willis is every bit as inconsistent as Mitre as, and considering the fact that the Yanks are playing without DH Nick Johnson and OF Curtis Granderson, this lineup doesn't look as potent as it once did.
Selection: Detroit Tigers +110 at Bookmaker Sportsbook
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