Last night was a performance that the New York Yankees want to chuck in the garbage dumpster. Or to be more specific, the pitching staff can throw that game in the dumpster. From the starting pitching to bullpen, the Yankees allowed what should have been an easy win get away from them. The Yankees took a comfortable 6-0 lead in the 2nd inning and that lead was gone by the 3rd. Detroit scored 6 runs in the bottom of the 3rd to fire right back at the Yankees.
If the Tigers had a capable starter out there on the bump, they likely wouldn’t have needed a walk-off in the 9th to secure a victory. Instead, though, Edwin Jackson was throttled early on to no ones surprise. The Tigers’ offense was able to lift the team up with an impressive night, though. The Yankees’ pitching staff put things got a little too comfortable after the Tigers went ahead. Their heads were never in the game, and the Yankees had to go through eight different pitchers only to get a 12-11 loss.
The Tigers rotated through seven different pitchers, so it was a battle of attrition Tuesday night at Comerica Park. The win was kind of meaningful for the Tigers. It guarantees that they won’t be breaking their old loss record from 2003 when they finished 43-119. They can only tie it at this point. Another win and they’ll statistically avoid tying that regard as well.
It’s not much to celebrate, but you try and find any bright points in a season like this. They’ll go into Wednesday with a record of 43-100. Conversely, the Yankees are still feeling good at 95-51. Them and the Astros are the only teams in baseball with 95 wins. The ‘Stros lost as well, so everything remains the same in the race for the top seed in the American League. CC Sabathia is expected to get the call for the Yankees in this one. He will be matched up against Matt Boyd of the Tigers. Head below for our free Yankees vs. Tigers pick.
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The rotation is the biggest sticking point for the Yankees going into the postseason. We all know that their offense can get after it at the dish, but their pitching staff can be inconsistent. Which Yankees’ pitchers we’re going to see in October is up for debate. A good sign is that James Paxton has been finding his stroke recently. However, a bad sign for the Yankees is how Sabathia has been struggling to find consistency of late.
Sabathia goes into Wednesday with an ERA of 4.93. He had an ERA of 3.61 ERA in June and it’s been ticking up ever since. In his previous three outings, he’s gotten hit for a 6.30 ERA and 1.60 WHIP, allowing 10 hits and 7 earned runs in 10 innings. Sabathia has been valuable to the Yankees at Yankee Stadium, but has been have trouble getting things straight on the road.
He holds an ERA of 6.75 and 1.62 WHIP in 49.1 innings on the road. Despite Yankee Stadium being a friendly park for hitters, Sabathia has allowed just 9 there compared to 18 long balls on the road. And while the Tigers’ offense hasn’t been the best in 2019 for the majority of the season, Sabathia hasn’t had good numbers against this roster. They’re hitting better than .280 with 6 home runs and 22 runs scored.
Sabathia has stated that if the Yankees weren’t in a position to win the World Series, then he would have gotten knee surgery and retired. In other words, he hasn’t been pitching at 100%. Matt Boyd has been iffy of late as well, so the Yankee offense likely have another productive evening.
He has a 7.36 ERA and 1.42 WHIP in his previous three showings. Comerica Park hasn’t been a save haven for him either, as he’s posted a 4.60 ERA in Detroit. We should see at least double digits on the board to get this OVER the posted total of 9.5 on Wednesday.