New York Yankees @ Detroit Tigers MLB Lines Preview

Posted by Eric Williams on April 7, 2016 in

The Detroit Tigers will look to keep their unblemished record intact when they host the New York Yankees in a pro baseball betting match up of AL World Series title hopefuls when they square off in Game 1 of a three-game set on Friday night. The Tigers kicked off their 2015 in warm Miami but are looking at a game-time temperature of about 45 degrees for their opener against New York. “It’ll get rid of my allergies,” second baseman Ian Kinsler said. “Stay hydrated, stay warm, do whatever you can to keep yourself healthy.” Detroit right-hander Jordan Zimmerman will make his debut while the Yankees counter with inexperienced right-hander Luis Severino, who makes just his 11th career start in the big leagues. Now, let’s find out if the Tigers can get the win the remain unbeaten.

How To Bet The Yankees (1-1) @ Tigers (2-0) MLB Odds, TV & Game Info

When: Friday, April 08 – 1:10 PM EST
Where: Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan
Starting Pitchers: Detroit: Jordan Zimmerman (0-0) vs New York: Luis Severino (0-0)
Radio: Yankees and Tigers
TV Stream: FoxSportsGo

Why Bet the New York Yankees

The Yankees look like a good bet because they have a gifted young hurler on the mound! Luis Severino went 5-3 in 11 starts for New York last season while compiling fine, 2.89 ERA with 56 strikeouts in 62.1 innings. The young hurler will make his 12th career start as the Yanks take part in Detroit’s Opening Day ceremonies. The 22-year-old Severino gave the Yankees a quality start in eight of 11 outings last season, but is facing the Tigers for the first time in his career.

More importantly, the Yankees bounced back from consecutive losses against Houston to start the season to beat the Astros senseless in their overwhelming 16-6 win on Wednesday.

Why Bet the Detroit Tigers

The Tigers look like a good bet because they have an experienced start on the mound and are playing at home! Veteran right-hander Jordan Zimmerman went 13-10 with a respectable 3.66 ERA in 33 starts for Washington last season and has posted double-digit win totals in four straight seasons. More importantly, Detroit scored at least seven runs in two straight games while sweeping Miami in their two-game Interleague set on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The good news for Detroit is that veteran catcher Victor Martinez will be back in the starting lineup for the first time this season after becoming the first Major League player since at least 1914 to hit pinch-hit home runs in his team’s first two games.

My Expert Prediction and Pick

I like Luis Severino a lot, but I think he and the Yankees are facing bit of an uphill battle in this contest as they take on a very smart pitcher in Jordan Zimmerman and a Tigers team that has been smacking the cover off the ball to start the season. Still, the Yankees exploded for a whopping 16 runs against Houston in their last contest and have gone 9-4 in their last 13 road games against a right-handed starter and 6-2 in Severino’s last eight starts.

The Tigers are just 2-5 in their last seven home games against a right-handed starter, an identical 2-5 in their last seven games against teams from the AL East and an uninspiring 1-5 in their last six games against the Yankees.

My final score prediction: New York 4 Detroit 3