It’s been a less than inspiring season so far for both the New York Yankees (29-30, –2.37 betting units) and the Detroit Tigers (30-29, +3.00 units). But there are still over 100 games left to go before the playoffs, and one of these two teams will take a step closer when they meet Saturday night in Game 2 of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium. First pitch is at 7:15 PM ET on FOX.
New York will send ace righty Masahiro Tanaka to the mound (3.22 FIP). He’s been one of their better players this year, earning 3.78 units on a team record of 6-4, with the under cashing in at 9-3. Tanaka has made four straight quality starts, allowing just four runs in 27 innings of work. The Yankees are also 4-1 in their last five games.
The Tigers respond with former ace Justin Verlander (3.56 FIP), who’s still pitching well for Detroit, but isn’t the same AL Cy Young and MVP winner from five years ago. He’s 0.75 units in the red this season on a record of 6-6, but the Tigers have won three of Verlander’s last four starts, and five of their last six games overall.