The Yankees pushed the Tigers’ faces in yesterday with a monster win over Matt Boyd. Boyd was shaky from the start and it didn’t get any better for him, as he was chased after allowing 7 runs in 2.1 innings. His future is not looking so bright, failing to rise up and pitch competently in spots he must. As a team, it doesn’t matter to the Tigers because they’re well behind. However, for Boyd’s career, it does matter. All last night proved was that he shouldn’t be in the starting rotation in 2018. To add insult to injury, Gary Sanchez hit the second longest home run of the year in the majors. His teammate, Aaron Judge, is the guy with the longest.
We go right back to downtown Detroit at Comerica Park, where the Yankees will look to take what they did on Tuesday and transfer it over to tonight. The Yanks will have a flamethrower on the mound in Luis Severino. Severino topped out over 100 mph this season at 101.2 mph for the fastest pitch of the season in the majors. The only thing that must be a bit concerning for the Yanks is that he is only a 23-year-old. He made eleven starts in each of the last two seasons, with this being the first as a full-time pitcher. You don’t want your young future ace to wear his arm out at this point in the game.
In any case, they do need Severino to launch fireballs off the mound right now. It’s a catch-22 in the sense that you don’t want to work him too much, but he is needed and will be needed heavily if the Yankees do in fact reach the postseason. Elsewhere in the majors on Tuesday, the Twins bolstered their postseason chances with a win over the Chicago White Sox. It’s an exciting time in the American League, with many teams alive and fighting. The same can’t be said for the National League. Back to Comerica we go; find our free pick below.
N.Y. Yankees vs. Detroit Tigers Pick
Luis Severino (10-5, 3.18 ERA) vs. Jordan Zimmermann (7-10, 5.87 ERA)
I said yesterday that all the Yankees needed was a little Matt Boyd to get their offense going. It sure worked, as the Yanks fired off 13 runs in a 13-4 beating. Judge got on the board with a RBI, and most impressively, 3 walks on the night. He must learn to take more pitches, and last night was an example of the patient hitter he must become more often. The Yankees will now turn their attention to Jordan Zimmermann. A night after they face a creampuff on the mound, they get another one in Zimmermann. He’s had a heck of a time getting on track, allowing 7 runs in each of his last three starts. In 8.2 innings, the Dodgers and Twins scored a total of 14 runs.
Zimmerman has gotten blasted for a 9.77 ERA in his last three outings, including a 1.85 WHIP and .400 OBA. Comerica Park in Detroit hasn’t cured much, as his ERA is worse at home than on the road, with a 6.00 ERA. If there is anything for Zimmermann to hang his hat on, it’s an August 2nd matchup against the Yanks. He didn’t allow a run across 7 innings. However, will he be able to solve this lineup twice in less than a month? Other than one trouble spot that has inflated his ERA, Severino has been flawless.
Two starts ago he was hit for 8 runs, but responded with no earned runs against the Mets in his next start. Severino went five starts without allowing more than 1 run before the Red Sox took him for a ride. He’d rather not pitch at Yankee Stadium, as he holds a 4.14 ERA, compared to a 2.40 ERA on the road. Also, I think Boyd brought these Yankee bats to life last night. I advise a pick on the Yankees tonight at -1.5.
PICK: YANKEES -1.5 (-115)