Let’s see, all the Tigers have done since the calendar flipped to August is win six straight games while plating a total of 46 runs. They’ve also won 10 straight home games (against the Angels, White Sox, Indians and Yankees), and since the Fourth of July, they’re 16-1 in Motown, scoring five runs or more in 14 of those contests. Meanwhile, the once-mighty Yankees are in a funk. Not only have they dropped the first two games of this series, but they’re 6-12 in their last 18 overall, including 2-7 on the road.
So … of course Detroit is an underdog today. Huh? OK, so CC Sabathia is on the hill for New York. And Sabathia is coming off a complete-game 6-3 home victory over Seattle. But comparing Seattle’s offense to Detroit’s is like comparing a Prius to a Maserati. Besides, in his previous two starts (both Yankees losses), Sabathia surrendered nine runs on 14 hits in 13 innings. He’s also given up five home runs in his last three starts (and if you’ve been following the Tigers lately, you know they’ve been launching balls over the wall at a rapid rate). And then there’s CC’s struggles pitching in Comerica Park. Although he led the Yankees to a 9-4 win in Detroit back on June 1 (allowing three runs in seven innings), in his previous four starts at Comerica, Sabathia gave up 18 runs (all earned) in 26 1/3 innings (6.15 ERA) … and New York lost all four games.
To repeat: The Tigers are 16-1 in their last 17 home games, winning the last 10 in a row! And the Yankees are 6-12 in their last 18 overall, 2-7 on the road!
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆
Monday’s Result: Twins (+105) at Indians (Win)
Record: 31-25 (15-7 last 22)