The Pinstripes shoot for the sweep of the Tigers Sunday afternoon at the Stadium. Do we play this game on the "streak" theory? Or is the betting value elsewhere?
Tigers-Yankees Sunday Odds
In the early betting the best line we could find on New York and Masahiro Tanaka was the -156 offered at BetOnLine, while BetDSI was giving Detroit and Anibal Sanchez +155. And most books listed the total on today's game at 7.5 runs.
New York has taken the first two games of this series, including a 14-3 decision Saturday. The Yankees banged out 18 hits, including five home runs, after hitting three dingers in Friday's 7-3 victory.
The Yanks (38-30) now own a four-game winning streak, while Detroit (34-34) has lost four in a row.
New York also leads the season series with the Tigers five games to one.
Tanaka (4-2, 2.49) is shooting for his sixth straight quality start today. Last time out he held Miami to two runs through seven innings, and since coming off the DL a couple of weeks ago he's allowed just four runs through 21 innings. New York is 2-1 in his last three starts, and all three outings resulted in UNDERS.
In Tanaka's only career start against Detroit, back in April, he allowed just one run and three hits through 6 1/3 innings of a 2-1 Yankees win.
Sanchez (5-7, 4.65) is three for his last four on quality starts. Last time out he tossed a two-hit complete-game shutout against Cincinnati, and over his last four starts he's allowed just six runs through 30 2/3 innings. The Tigers are 2-2 in Sanchez' last four starts, but one of those losses came by a score of 2-0 against the Angels.
Sanchez opposed Tanaka in that New York victory back in April, allowing just one run and one hit through 6 1/3 innings.
Tigers-Yanks Free Picks
New York has won four in a row, while Detroit has lost four straight, but we don't always subscribe to “streak” betting. Thanks to Sanchez' recent improved performance we believe the value MLB pick on today's line resides with the Tigers. Also, the last time these two starters met the final score was 2-1, so we're thinking UNDER.