As the heat in August rises, the pressure against major league baseball teams mounts with fewer than 60 games left in the regular season. Tonight in Detroit at Comerica Park, the New York Yankees visit the Detroit Tigers for the second game of a three game set. The ace for the Tigers, Justin Verlander, helped the Tigers to a win Monday night in the first game of the series 6-2, by striking out 14 Yankee batters. Offensively Miguel Cabrera and teammate Prince Fielder who each hit the long ball helped the Tigers to the win. Verlander’s 14 Ks tied his season high.
With the win, the Tigers extended their current home streak to 10-0 and have won 15 of their last 16 in Detroit. The Tigers season record now sits at 59-50, while the Yankees have a season record of 63-45. Detroit has played their way back into playoff contention and only trail AL Central leader the Chicago White Sox by 1 ½ games. The Yankees have led the AL East nearly the entire season and currently have a 5 ½ game lead over the Baltimore Orioles.
Tonight New York sends Phil Hughes to the mound to face the Tigers. Hughes’ record on the season is 11-8 with a 3.96 ERA. However, against Detroit Hughes has given up just a single run in his last 22 innings pitched, while striking out 22 Tiger batters. In his past seven starts overall, Hughes has a record of 4-2 with a 2.39 ERA. In his last start last Wednesday, Hughes won for the second consecutive start allowing only one run in six innings of work to beat the Orioles 12-3.
The Tigers will look to Rick Porcello tonight against New York. Porcello’s record for the season is 8-6 with an ERA of 4.65. However, he pitches very well against the Yankees. In his past three appearances as a starter against New York, Porcello has a record of 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA.
Currently, the line has both clubs at -105 making the game a tossup. The total is sitting at 9.5. Even though there is a tossup, take the Tigers at home to win, with the total making winners of the OVER.