Already leading the series 3-0, the Yankees (65-68, 29-35 away) are sending Clarke Schmidt to the mound to take on the Tigers (59-74, 28-40 home) and Matt Manning in game four of this series. See who I like to come out on top in this American League matchup between the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers in Detroit.
NEW YORK YANKEES VS DETROIT TIGERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: New York Yankees -128
This game will be played at Comerica Park at 1:10 ET on Thursday, August 31st.
WHY BET THE NEW YORK YANKEES:
- Over their last five games on the road, New York has a straight-up record of 3-2.
- The Yankees head into the game having won three straight games.
- Over his last two starts, Clarke Schmidt has an ERA of just 2.26.
NEW YORK YANKEES SEEK TO IMPROVE THEIR ROAD RECORD
133 games into the season, the Yankees have a record of 65-68, putting them 5th in the AL East. This mark includes an overall series 16-20-7. At home, they are 36-33 compared to 29-35 on the road.
Clarke Schmidt has an 8-8 record and a 4.51 ERA heading into the game. On the road, he has a 5-3 record and 6.78 ERA in 12 appearances, while at home he is 3-5 with an ERA of 3.96. His WHIP for the season is 1.32, with opponents hitting .261 against him and slugging .447.
Clarke Schmidt will look to build on his previous outing, a 6 2/3 inning performance in which he gave up one earned run on six hits. Unfortunately, the Yankees were unable to capitalize on his efforts and lost 3-0 to the Rays.
In their five most recent games, the Yankees have put together a batting average of only .164, placing them 29th compared to the rest of the league. At 4.2 runs per game, New York is 21st in the MLB. This figure has come on a team batting average of .228 and OPS of .707 which has them 20th in baseball.
Gleyber Torres has been a key contributor to the Yankees’ offense in 2023. He currently holds a .273 batting average and has driven in 57 runs, while also hitting 23 home runs.
WILL THE DETROIT TIGERS TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
The Tigers’ record of 59-74 has them sitting 3rd in the AL Central. Detroit’s overall series record is 17-22-5, which includes dropping each of their last two series at home. The team’s season-long over/under record is 65-63 while going 69-64 against the runline. At Comerica Park, they have a runline mark of 33-35.
Matt Manning has been a reliable force for the team this season, going at least six innings in two consecutive starts and boasting a 5-4 record. His ERA stands at 3.93, WHIP at 1.06, K/BB ratio of 45/18, and .392 slugging percentage allowed. Opposing batters have only managed to hit .219 against him thus far in 2023.
Despite a quality start in his most recent outing, Matt Manning was not credited with the win as the Tigers defeated the Astros 4-1. He allowed one run on one hit over 6 1/3 innings of work.
As a team, Detroit has scuffled at the plate of late, with a combined batting average of just .210 over their last ten games. Compared to other teams, this is just 24th in that span. When looking at the team’s power numbers, they have a season-long slugging percentage of .378% while going deep a total of 136 times (22nd). Overall, the Tigers are 26th in the MLB at 3.9 runs per contest.
Spencer Torkelson is the Tigers’ top slugger in 2023, leading the team in home runs with 24 and RBIs with 69. His season-long slugging percentage stands at .436.