Bet 'Under' 8.5 as Tigers Host Yankees

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 2:03 PM UTC

Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 2:03 PM UTC

The Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees have played four low-scoring affairs in 2014 - a betting trend that will continue at Comerica Park Tuesday night.

New York has won five games in a row, including a 8-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals as +123 road underdogs Monday, while going OVER the betting total in consecutive contests for the first time since Aug. 2-3.

The Yankees are 24-17 in their last 41 meetings against the Tigers, which is important to consider when making your MLB picks, especially since they took three of four meetings in the Bronx earlier this year.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is 32-40 as underdogs of +100 to +125 when playing away from Yankee Stadium.

Cabrera is Expected Back
Detroit returns home after capturing four of seven road games, including a 13-4 blowout victory over the Minnesota Twins as -138 favorites Sunday, while going OVER the betting total for a fourth consecutive affair.

The Tigers are hoping that All-Star first baseman Miguel Cabrera can return to full strength for the final five weeks of the 2014 campaign, as he just received back-to-back days off to recover from minor ailments.

MLB handicappers will find that the squad is 9-11 as home favorites of -125 to -150, with the OVER going 10-7-3 in that situation.

Brandon McCarthy (8-12, 4.01 ERA) improved to 5-2 with a 1.90 ERA in eight starts with the Yankees since being acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The right-hander has recorded seven-or-more strikeouts and one-or-fewer walks in each of his last three trips to the mound—marking the longest such streak of his career.

In his last three outings versus the Tigers, McCarthy has registered a perfect 3-0 record and 0.46 ERA.

Tigers starting pitcher Rick Porcello (14-8, 3.10 ERA) snapped a personal three-game losing streak last time out, as he earned a 6-0 complete game shutout on the road against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The right-hander is 5-4 with a 4.08 ERA in 10 home appearances, with opposing hitters batting .263 against him (.238 on the road).

Porcello has compiled a 2-1 record and 2.84 ERA in his last five efforts against the Bronx Bombers.

I’m going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their MLB picks, as the UNDER is 21-8-1 in the Yankees’ last 30 games against right-handed starters.

MLB Pick:  Under 8.5 at Bookmaker

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