I said that if the Yankees couldn’t hit Anibal Sanchez then they were taking the night off. By all accounts, it made you certainly think their heads weren’t completely there and took Sanchez lightly. There isn’t much to read into there, but the fact of the matter is their bats didn’t show up last night. The most productive offensive player of the night was none other than John Hicks.
Hicks has been a minor league lifer and is getting an audition for a spot in the starting lineup for 2018. Recent moves by the Tigers have opened the door for Hicks, who is in the biggest job interview of his life over the next two months.
Don’t expect the Tigers to be much of anything next season, or in the foreseeable future. Their window has officially closed. That World Series against the Giants was their golden ticket, but they flushed it away by getting swept in 2012.
The Tigers haven’t been back to the World Series since and it doesn’t look like they’ll be there anytime soon. With the passing of Mike Ilitch, are the Tigers going to be spenders now? The idea was to get him a World Series before he died, hence the money he was pouring into the roster, however it wasn’t meant to be.
Nothing was meant to be for the Yankees last night, as Didi Gregorius was one of the only guys who stepped up. Gregorius has been playing well for the Yanks, who could very well be an x-factor of sorts for them. The Red Sox beat the Indians in a wild affair at Fenway last night, a 12-10 win that had it all.
The win for the Red Sox secured a 0.5 game lead in the AL East. Who knows if the ball will land on the Yankees or Red Sox come October, but in any case, it’s going to be a fun one to watch as a spectator. We head into the final two months of the regular season of MLB with a profitable record of 64-48-5.
Detroit Tigers vs. N.Y. Yankees Pick
Jordan Zimmermann (6-8, 5.69) vs. Masahiro Tanaka (8-9, 5.09 ERA)
If the Tigers get quality starts out of Anibal Sanchez and Jordan Zimmermann in two days the sky is going to feel like it’s collapsing. The two biggest money pits on the Tigers’ roster include Sanchez and Zimmermann. Sanchez on an $80 million contract and Zimmermann earning $110 million. I never liked the Sanchez deal, and no one really seen Zimmermann turning into a dumpster fire so I forgive them to an extent there. Zimmermann comes in with a 5.69 ERA. That is not $110 million dollar numbers. Instead he’s been an abject failure. He’s gotten hit for a 6.67 ERA and 1.74 WHIP on the road.
Masahiro Tanaka will get the nod for the Yankees this afternoon. Tanaka has been a bit all over the place this season. Okay, he’s been all over the place more than a bit. He enters with an inconsistent ERA of 5.09, but has still look brilliant in spots. He shut the Rays down for only 2 hits and 1 run in 8 innings of work in his last outing.
In fact, in five of his last ten games he allowed 2 runs or less. Conversely, though, he’s had games where he’s allowed 5 runs, three times in his last ten starts. In his last three showings, he posted a 3.32 ERA and 0.78 WHIP. Which Tanaka shows up today? I at least believe this team will look different from the non-existent effort they put on display last night. Offensively, I see them waking up against Zimmermann. The Tigers should be seeing more beatdowns than wins the rest of the season. I like Wednesday to be one of those days they lose by a couple or more runs. John Hicks won’t save them today.
PICK: YANKEES -1.5 (-115)