Detroit Tigers (57-60) at New York Yankees (72-45) 7:05 p.m. EDT Sports.com Line: NYY -177, Detroit +167 Total: 9
After taking two of three from the White Sox, Max Scherzer (7-9, 4.03 ERA) and the Tigers hope to build on that momentum as they travel to the Bronx to open a four-game set with the Yankees. New York will counter with right-hander Javier Vazquez (9-8, 4.90 ERA) who is coming off a shaky outing, lasting only 4.1 innings while giving up six runs in Texas on August 11. In five starts since the All-Star break Vazquez is 2-1 with a 6.43 ERA and opponents are hitting him at a .310 clip. Vegas Odds
Scherzer hasn’t fared much better as of late, with only one win in his last five starts. The Tigers have dropped his last four games. However, the stats are a little misleading as Scherzer has pitched well, allowing no more than three earned runs in any of those previous five starts and has been the victim of poor run support at times. Since a rocky start to the year he has lowered his ERA a full three runs since May. Betting Lines
Despite Scherzer’s recent run, the FoxSheets lean toward the Yankees in this one:
Play Against – Road teams (DETROIT) – with a hot starting pitcher- ERA less than 2.50 over his last 3 starts against opponent with a cold starting pitcher- ERA >= 7.00 over his last 3 starts. (409-338 since 1997.) (54.8%, +117.9 units. Rating = 2*) Sports Scores
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