One of the best teams in baseball will visit one of the worst as the New York Yankees take a trip to Detroit to open a series against the Tigers. Detroit has crossed the 100 loss mark and is just playing out the string at this point. They’ll start journeyman Edwin Jackson here, while the Yankees have yet to announce a starter.
The New York Yankees are officially back in the elite ranks. Could this finally be the year they add another World Series trophy to their collection? They got off to a somewhat slow start as they struggled with injuries, but they’ve been dominant ever since. Over their last 77 games, they’ve gone an incredible 54-23. They’re finally close to fully healthy and have sluggers like Aaron Judge back after long absences, and they have arguably the best offense in the league. The Yankees just won three games in a row over the Red Sox by a combined score of 20-6.
The pitching staff has been inconsistent in 2019, but fortunately, it looks like they’re starting to get it together when it matters most. New York is still locked in a tight battle with the Astros for the best record in the American League and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, so these games are very important. If they’re going to lock up the top seed, they absolutely can’t afford to drop any games to teams like the Tigers. They’ve not surprisingly dominated this matchup recently, even on the road, winning nine of the last 12 times that they’ve played in Detroit. The Yankees have won each of their past five wins by at least three runs, so playing them on the run line is often the right call when you’re backing them.
Tigers Just Keep Getting Worse
It’s been a season to forget for the Detroit Tigers, and that might be putting it kindly. What makes this season so weird is that they were surprisingly decent at first, playing .500 ball for the first month and a half of the season. They’ve obviously completely collapsed, and have been by far the worst team in the league ever since. They’re just 24-80 over their last 104 games, a stretch that would shock even fans of lowly franchises like the Marlins and Orioles. It’s been an absolute disaster, and they just crossed into triple-digit loss territory. They’ve somehow managed to be even worse at home, going 9-43 in their last 52 games in Detroit. The fanbase is understandably upset, as this is too much even for a full-blown rebuild.
As a perfect illustration of how bad things have gotten, they’ll start Edwin Jackson here. Jackson is a legendary journeyman because of how many teams he has played for, but that’s about his only redeeming quality at this point. He had a disastrous stint with the Blue Jays earlier this year and has been just as bad ever since joining the Tigers. He enters this one with a 9.16 ERA, and has given up at least four earned runs in each of his past four starts. His WHIP is an absurdly high 1.98, and he’ll likely need a good amount of run support from his lineup.
- 0-4 in Jackson’s last 4 starts
- 24-80 in their last 104 overall
- 9-43 in their last 52 home games
- 7-1 in their last 8 road games
- 54-23 in their last 77 overall
- 9-3 in their last 12 games in Detroit