Vegas Odds & MLB Predictions: Yankees vs Tigers 08/22/17

MLB Picks and Parlays: Yankees and Tigers Meet-Up in Detroit on Tuesday

by @MattCashCapper

Vegas Odds by Bovada
Yankees  -177
Tigers O/U 9½

Masahiro Tanaka

The New York Yankees once again fought the Boston Red Sox tooth and nail and for the second weekend in a row came out on the losing end of a three-game series. They lost two of three games after squandering a late lead in Friday night’s game and squeezing out a win on Saturday. On Sunday it was a 2-1 game after five innings, but the Red Sox got to the bullpen and managed to pull away for a 5-1 win.

The Yankees pitching has generally remained solid in the second half and they are third in the AL with a 3.43 ERA since the All-Star break. It’s the offense that has struggled almost since the get go in the second half and that’s remained true through the 37 games since the break.

They’re averaging just 4.14 RPG since the break and that’s dipped down to 3.84 RPG in August, which is 14th in the AL. Before the break they were second averaging 5.55 RPG.

Aaron Judge has now struck out at least once in 37 straight games while hitting .169 in the second half. He’s one of a number of players struggling including Jacoby Ellsbury (.174-2-10), Aaron Hicks (.156-5-15) and Todd Frazier (.221-5-13).

It’s a marvel that they’re just 9-10 in August as it could be a lot worse.

Detroit Tigers sold off some key pieces at the trade deadline and the new reality has settled in in the past two weeks. They are 3-12 in their last 15 games and it took a masterpiece by Justin Verlander on Sunday in a 6-1 win over the Dodgers to break a six game losing streak.

The Tigers are second last in the AL with a 5.45 ERA since the break and it jumps up to 5.71 in August. The offense was great coming out of the break, producing 5.71 RPG in the second half of July, but with the trades, it’s down to 4.42 RPG in August.    

Masahiro Tanaka (8-10, 4.92 ERA) is returning from a 10-day stint on the DL. He’s looked sharper of late after major early season struggles. He’d allowed just two earned runs in 14 innings in his two most recent complete starts before shoulder fatigue knocked him out of his last appearance against the Jays. But his road ERA remains 5.81 on the season.

Matthew Boyd (5-6, 5.70 ERA) has struggled in August, posting a 7.63 ERA. He was given a turn in the bullpen last Friday and allowed a run in 1.1 innings to the Dodgers. Prior to that he gave up nine earned runs (10 total) in 9.2 innings in his previous two starts to the Twins and Pirates.

 

Cash It In: The Yankees are -177 favorites; the Tigers are +152 underdogs. The extra day off to recuperate from a draining series is key for New York and it certainly helps that they’re facing a struggling pitcher in Boyd. Yankees 7-4.

MLB Expert Picks and Parlays: Yankees -177 &  Over 9½

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