The New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers have had quite the history of playing against one another in important series, including in the playoffs. Another important series will get started on Monday night in Motown, as two of the best pitchers that these teams have will be toeing the rubber in a nationally televised MLB betting battle on ESPN.
The Yankees are at +92 in terms of run production this year, the best mark in the American League and the second best mark in baseball. They have played well both at home and on the road, and they are going to try to become the first team in the AL to win both 30 at home and 30 on the road this year. It’ll be up to Ivan Nova to get the job done. Nova has a 4.53 ERA this year, but a lot of his problems came with just a few bad starts here and there. For example, the last time that he was on the bump, he allowed 10 hits and nine runs against the Baltimore Orioles in a bad loss that saw his ERA move up nearly a half run. The rest of the righty’s splits are great though, as he has a 1.44 WHIP that probably should be a bit lower thanks to the fact that batters are hitting .283 against him. Nova’s strikeouts are up, as he has 119 in 133.0 innings this year, and his walks are about on par with where they were a year ago. He is averaging just over two walks per start, a very suitable number.
There aren’t many teams that Justin Verlander struggles against in his career, but for whatever reason, the Yankees are one of those teams that continues, time in and time out, to figure out how to hit him. Verlander is just 4-4 in his 12 career starts against the Bronx Bombers, and he has a very un-Justin Verlander-like 4.17 ERA against them as well. This year hasn’t been nearly as good as the 24-5 campaign of a season ago, but Verlander is still respectable at 11-7 with a 2.63 ERA. He has 152 strikeouts and is well on his way to over 200 once again. Batters are still batting just .201 against him, and his WHIP is an awesome 0.98. Verlander already has six complete games, one of which went for a shutout, but he is trying to break a relatively bad run of two losses in a row against the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians.
What we have to remember about Verlander though, is that he is a whopping 5-2 with a 1.68 ERA when pitching here at Comerica Park in 2012. This is just too awesome of a price to pass up on, and though the Yankees aren’t your average team by any stretch of the imagination, Verlander is nowhere near your average pitcher. He’ll dominate and get his 12th victory on the campaign tonight. Detroit 4 – New York 1