New York Yankees at Detroit Tigers (-172,
David Price made a much-ballyhood change of address from
Tampa Bay to Detroit at the trade deadline, but he will be
facing a familiar foe when the Tigers host the New York Yankees
on Wednesday night in the second of a three-game set. Price
will oppose the Yankees for the fifth time this season, having
posted a 1-1 record against them – including a no-decision in
his Detroit debut on Aug. 5. The Tigers are 1 1/2 games out of
first in the American League Central.
The Yankees had their five-game winning streak snapped with
Tuesday’s 5-2 defeat to drop 3 1/2 games behind Seattle for the
second wild card and three back of Detroit. Jacoby Ellsbury,
batting leadoff due to an injury to Brett Gardner, put up a
week’s worth of production in the past two games with six hits,
three homers, five RBIs and four runs scored. Ellsbury, who
reached 60 RBIs for the third time in his career, is 9-for-19
with four RBIs versus Price this season.
p.m. ET, ESPN, FSN Detroit.
LINE HISTORY: The Tigers opened as -168 home
favorites and now sit at -172. The total is currently set at
INJURY REPORT: Yankees – 1B Mark
Teixeira (Probable, hamstring), LF Brett Gardner (Questionable,
ankle), SP MasahiroTanaka (15-day DL, arm), SP David
Phelps (15-day DL, elbow). Detroit – 1B Miguel Cabrera
(Probable, ankle), Anibal Sanchez (Early Sept, pectoral),
Joakim Soria (15-day DL, oblique).
COVERS POWER RANKINGS: Yankees
(-157), Tigers (-173) .
WHAT CAPPERS SAY: “Injuries on the mound have
certainly played a role in the Tigers decline, but help could
be on the way. The Yankees are getting hot at precisely the
right time, riding a four-game winning streak into the new
week.” – Covers
Expert Sean Murphy.
WAG WAR: One of our favorite WAG showdowns
with Justin Verlander’s girlfriend Kate Upton going against
Derek Jeter’s girlfriend Hannah Davis.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Yankees RHP Shane
Green (3-1, 3.17 ERA) vs. Tigers LHP David Price (11-8, 3.11
Greene turned in the best
performance of his brief-major league career against the Tigers
on Aug. 7, earning the victory with a season-high eight
scoreless innings of five-hit ball. He followed that up with a
pair of no-decisions, striking out 10 and permitting two runs
over six innings at Tampa Bay and allowing three runs and nine
hits over five innings versus the Chicago White Sox last time
out. He is 2-0 with a 2.59 ERA away from home.
Price suffered a gut-wrenching 1-0 defeat against his former
team on Thursday, allowing a first-inning RBI triple and
nothing more before setting down the final 23 batters of a
one-hit, nine-strikeout masterpiece. He is 1-1 with in four
outings with the Tigers, the lone win coming when he gave up
one run in eight innings to beat Seattle on Aug. 16. Yankees
catcher Brian McCann has tormented Price this season, going
5-for-12 with three home runs.
* Under is 5-0 in the last five meetings.
* Over is 3-1-1 in the last five meetings in
* Yankees are 1-5 in their last six meetings in
* Tigers are 5-1 in their last six home
games against a right-handed starter.
COVERS CONSENSUS: Sixty-two percent of wagers are behind
Price and the Tigers at -172.