Back Underdog Tigers on the Money Line in Series Opener Against Yankees

Charles Stark

Thursday, June 18, 2015 9:03 PM UTC

Thursday, Jun. 18, 2015 9:03 PM UTC

For our upset game in major league baseball today we head to New York as the Detroit Tigers take on the New York Yankees. Pretty good value today on a good baseball team in the Tigers.

I think it's always good to grab a team like the Tigers on the plus money line if you can. Right now MLB odds makers have come out with the Tigers a +110 underdog. The best odds I have seen are at Sportsbetting, with the Tigers priced at +114.


On the Mound
For the Tigers, Alfredo Simon takes the mound with a 2.58 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. He also comes in with seven wins against just three losses and has been one of the Tigers' better pitchers this season. In his last five starts he has only given up seven earned runs in 33 innings pitched. Although he is arguably the better pitcher in this matchup it makes sense for the Yankees to be the favorite since they are at home. Adam Warren takes the mound for the Yankees. He comes in with a 3.78 ERA and 1.25 WHIP. He has also been very good this season and he has only allowed 10 runs in his last 29 innings pitched. He has not been much of a workhorse this year though, in 12 games started he only went past six innings two times. His stats do improve at home which again shows why the Yankees are the favorite in this spot.

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Yankees Versus the Cabrera's
Miguel Cabrera is arguably the best hitter in baseball, it seems like every time he is up you know he's going to find a way to do some damage. Both these teams are solid at the plate, and statistically they are pretty even. The Yankees rank fifth in the league in runs scored per game at 4.49 and the Tigers 15th at 4.18. The Yankees rank sixth in slugging with the Tigers right behind them ranked seventh. The Tigers do lead the Yankees in batting average though, ranked first in the league hitting .272 compared to the Yankees ranked 18th at .248, and on base percentage, third and the Yankees 15th.

For me this is really good value on the plus money line with arguably the better pitcher and better hitting lineup. I won't deny it is never easy to beat the Yankees at home. Still, the Tigers are no pushovers and I'm sure they will be up to play their best baseball in New York, so back them on the plus money line.

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