It feels like all the Detroit Tigers have been doing is getting rained out. Literally and figurately, the Tigers have been getting rained on. If it isn’t the rain, they’re dealing with winter temperatures in April. It wasn’t just rain yesterday, there was freezing rain in Detroit to spoil another game. Freezing rain and rain is going to plague the area again on Sunday, but it’s expected to end before the opening pitch. The brunt of the bad weather is going to be in the morning. Note that is a double-header. The first game of the day may be impacted, likely postponing it and adding another make-up game to the Tigers schedule. In all likelihood, the evening game will not be affected.
More than just the weather, it’s going to be “raining” on the Tigers all season long. This is not the same team who were planning trips to the World Series several years ago. Verlander is gone, Scherzer gone, and we can include Rick Porcello who won a Cy Young with the Red Sox. Even Doug Fister had a couple of solid years with the Tigers. Since that era, the rotation has been ripped to shreds.
Detroit has never had a dominant bullpen, it’s the reason why they could never get over the hump back in that day, but that’s gotten considerably worse. If you don’t have a quality starting rotation or elite offense, better hope the bullpen can get the job done to keep everything together. Now, even if the Tigers go in the later stages of a ballgame up, their pen has a good tendency to go haywire. Head below for our free Yankees vs. Tigers pick on Sunday night.
N.Y. Yankees vs. Detroit Tigers Pick *Gm 2
Luis Cessa (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Matt Boyd (0-1, 1.38 ERA)
Matt Boyd came over from Toronto back in 2015. The Tigers were hoping he could develop into something. At that point he was just making his debut in the majors. The Blue Jays seen enough after he got mauled for an ERA of 14.52 in two starts. Detroit viewed it as an opportunity to acquire a guy low. Buy low sell high as they say, and the Tigers went low on Boyd after a disaster. The Tigers also acquired Daniel Norris.
I don’t know what’s there to really be said about the two. They’ve been average to below average. Norris has been rattled this season with a 7.11 ERA, and Boyd has been good, but has only pitched 13 innings so we’ll see where he goes. They are fine enough to plug in the rotation while the Tigers go through a rebuilding phase. He enters Sunday night with an ERA of 1.38, with an impressive 0.62 WHIP. Good news for Boyd, who is coming off an ERA of 5.27 in 2017. Can we really trust him, though?
He will get the biggest test of the year on Sunday night. The Yankees haven’t had any issues against left-handed pitching. They’re hitting .273 against them, while hitting righties at a rate of .231. On the season they are 5th in the majors, scoring 5.5 runs per game, and 7 per in their last three games. Boyd lasted just 2.1 innings against the Yankees last season in August, as they got to him for 7 hits and 5 runs. They were hitting him for a batting average of .462. In 37 at-bats, the Yankees have hit .324 off him overall. Boyd may have a 1.38 ERA, but we’ll see what that looks like a month or two from now. The starting pitching is going to continue to get no help from the bullpen, so Boyd, along with the others, must be lights out.
Luis Cessa will counter for the Yankees. He’s made just two appearances out of the bullpen, but was solid, allowing 0 runs across 2 innings of work. Cessa is filling in for Sabathia who started the year on the injury report, but will be back soon. Cessa played a similar role with the Yankees last year and 2016 as well, bouncing between starts and the bullpen. He finished with a 4.75 ERA a year ago and a 4.35 in 2016. So, we have two pitchers with nice looking numbers. A recreational player is going to look at that total of 9 and auto-bet the UNDER. The oddsmakers are well aware that Boyd has overperformed thus far and their bullpen is the equivalent of a machine ball pitcher. On the other side, Cessa is a hittable pitcher, not the most trustworthy. If oddsmakers thought he was that great, the Yankees would be pricier than -150. In any case, I believe the Yankees should be able to take advantage of the Tigers’ pitching staff tonight, just like on Friday.