The Yankees are coming in to the Tigers den off a three game sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays to get back to .500 at 6-6 for the season. The Yanks are 2-4 on the road this season and are scoring a bunch of runs leading to their +8 run differential. With 64 runs scored, the team ranks 5th in the Major’s, however is 17th in team batting average at .236, however have shown they can get on base with a .320 on-base percentage (8th), and can collect extra base hits with a .418 slugging percentage (8th). Pitching has been a weakness, however they saw positive signs out of Mashiro Tanaka recently who collected the teams only second quality start (30th). The team ERA has also improved to 3.65 (14th), however they’re still a bit below average in WHIP at 1.28 (18th) and batting average against at .248 (21st).
The Tigers looked good once again, taking the series from the Chicago White Sox at home and improving to an MLB best 10-2. Anibal Sanchez was lit up for the team’s first home loss; however the Tigers are still 8-2 in their last 10 with a league +33 run differential. The Tigers offense bounced back nicely this weekend and now ranks 2nd in runs scored (68), 2nd in team batting average (.305), 2nd in on-base percentage (.369), and 2nd in slugging percentage (.486). The pitching has been equally as good with the Major’s second best team ERA (2.61), best WHIP at 1.00, 3rd best batting average against at .212, and just fall of to 12th in quality starts to 7th.
The series will be interesting as the night games begin at Comerica and the temps will be cooling, so this should be interesting to see if this becomes a pitching and defensive series or if the bats can smash through the cold.
My key player of the series: Ian Kinsler
Pitching Match-ups @ Comerica Park
4/23, 1:08p – Masahiro Tanaka (2-1, 3.94 ERA) vs. Anibal Sanchez (1-2, 7.71 ERA)
Who to Watch New York (Last 7 Days)
- Alex Rodriguez, DH – ARod has been the team’s best hitter this season and didn’t slow down this past week, hitting .333 with 3 homers and 5 RBI in that time frame to go with a 1.367 OPS
- Chris Young, OF – There are other Yankees with more hits, however Young has done the most with his, as of his 5 hits in 19 at bats, he’s collected 2 doubles and 2 home runs
- Masahiro Tanaka, SP – While we all expected Tanaka’s arm to fall off against Tampa, he actually bounced back very nicely. Tanaka threw 7 innings of shutout ball on 2 hits and striking out 8 for the win
Who to Watch Detroit (Last 7 Days)
- Alfredo Simon, SP – As much as I dislike Simon as a starter, he was lights out against the Pirates and gave the Tigers exactly what they needed with that strong start. Simon threw 8 innings of 2-hit, shutout ball for the win
- Nick Castellanos, 3B – Nick C has got it going over the past week with a .421 average on 8 hits in 19 at bats which include 2 doubles and 2 RBI
- Yoenis Cespedes, OF – Cespedes is going through one of his patented hot streaks right now, crushing 2 homers (including a grand slam) on Sunday and another homer on Friday against the Sox
Who Not to Watch New York (Last 7 Days)
- Mark Teixeira, 1B – Teixeira struggled this past week with just 3 hits in 20 at bats, however all three for extra bases (2 doubles, and a HR)
- Adam Warren, SP – The Yankees won Warren’s last outing, however Adam only threw 4 innings has he gave up 4 earned on two homers, and 6 hits, while walking 2.
- CC Sabathia, SP – Sabathia struck out 7 Orioles in his last outing, however he surrendered a home run and a total of 4 earned runs in 7 innings which included over a 2-to-1 fly ball to ground ball ratio
Who Not to Watch Detroit (Last 7 Days)
- Our Catchers – McCann looked like he started to turn things around Sunday with a triple and being robbed of what may have been another triple, however the combination of McCann and Avila have just that triple over the past 7 days as the positions only hit
- Ian Kinsler, 2B – Kinsler, another streaky player on the team, is going through a mini-slump right now, with a .167 average this past week and just one run batted in
- Anibal Sanchez, SP – Sanchez has just been bad his last two starts as he only survived 3.1 innings against the White Sox on Saturday, as he gave up 9 earned runs on 2 homers, 9 hits, and 2 walks.
Series Prediction: Split 2-2
Next Series: 3 vs. Cleveland Indians (4-7)