Bet on Yankees at Home vs. Tigers in Tonight's MLB Game

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 2:10 PM GMT

Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 2:10 PM GMT

Hiroki Kuroda has enjoyed pitching in front of the home crowd as a member of the New York Yankees, which provides them value in the early going against the Detroit Tigers Tuesday.


 

Limiting Cabrera
Detroit had its three-game win streak snapped Monday, as it suffered a 2-1 setback to New York as -116 road favorites, while going 'Under' the betting total for the third time in four contests.

Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera was held hitless in three at-bats in that affair, which is important to consider when looking over the MLB betting odds, but he entered the series leading all active players with a .373 batting average against the Yankees.

Cabrera is 5 for 12 with two home runs in his career versus tonight’s opposing starter, but the club is 8-11 as favorites of -125 to -150 when playing away from Comerica Park in 2014.

 

Close encounters
Each of New York’s last 15 games have been decided by two-or-fewer runs, with the franchise posting a 9-6 record over that stretch, while it has put together a 37-25 mark in that situation for the entire year.

The Yankees have been successful in close games due to possessing a bullpen that leads the Majors in strikeouts—a group that also managed to toss 3.1 scoreless innings in last night’s series-opening victory.

MLB handicappers will find that the Bronx Bombers have captured 13 of their 17 regular-season games versus the Tigers at the new Yankee Stadium.

 

Price
David Price (11-8, 3.11 ERA) will make his first start for the Tigers since being acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays at the Trade Deadline, as he looks to improve upon his MLB-leading total of 189 strikeouts.

The left-hander is 6-2 with a 2.74 ERA in 10 road appearances, but he’s served up nine home runs in 75.2 combined innings (20 total).

In 12 outings at this venue, Price has collected a 6-2 record and 3.57 ERA, including a 4-0 mark and 1.91 ERA in his last five.

 

Kuroda
Yankees starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda (7-7, 3.98 ERA) had his personal two-game win streak snapped last time out, as he allowed three runs and nine hits over seven innings of work in a 3-2 setback on the road to the Texas Rangers.

The right-hander has had five instances this season where the bullpen surrendered a lead after he left the game as the pitcher of record on the winning side.

In three lifetime starts versus the Tigers, Kuroda has put together a 0-1 record and 3.72 ERA.

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Yankees in the first five innings as one of their MLB betting picks, as they’ve captured seven of their last nine home games versus a team with a winning road record.
Free MLB Pick:  New York Yankees First 5 Innings

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