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Yankees vs. Tigers Pick – MLB April 20th

Alex Rodriguez is giving the big middle finger to all of his haters with the way he has been playing on the diamond this season. I don’t know if anybody, even A-Rod himself, expected to have a start to the season like this. Baseball is a marathon and we are only in April, so lets see how he does the rest of the way. There have been plenty of stories that have gotten hot in the first month and then struggled to go deep for weeks. However, it is hard not to give him some credit the way he has been swinging the bat after sitting out a year. Could it be that he is feeling rejuvenated after resting up for a whole year? Maybe. And that’s why I am going to save my opinions of A-Rod for later on. If the Yankees make the playoffs, the guy has never been able to perform then, so all of this will be for nothing if that scenario plays out again. He’ll actually get ridiculed yet again if that comes to fruition. It is a big IF with regards to the Yanks making the playoffs. Despite the start by Rodriguez the Yankees are just 6-6, so it make you think where they would be if he wasn’t playing this well. He isn’t going to continue at this monster pace, so the Yankees are going to need to get production from elsewhere, too.

One team getting plenty of production from the entire roster is the Detroit Tigers. From the pitching to their big money players to utility players, the Tigers are getting it done from all angles. Starter today, Alfredo Simon, has made the loss of Max Scherzer more satisfying for Tigers’ fans, and if he keeps this up then they’ll be laughing that they worried about losing him to begin with. Keep in mind that Justin Verlander has been on the shelf thus far in 2015, so if he can return to form the Tigers should be the favorites for the World Series. The Tigers look to improve on their 10-2 mark as they welcome the Yankees to downtown Detroit tonight.

N.Y. Yankees at Detroit Tigers

CC Sabathia (0-2, 5.68 ERA) vs. Alfredo Simon (2-0, 2.02 ERA)

I backed CC Sabathia in his first start last season, I vowed that was going to be the last. If I recall correctly, CC went on to get blasted by an awful Astros’ offense which proved to be even worse than they showed at that time. He settled down the rest of the season, but no way near the level he was at before in his career. No fault of his own really, age will catch up to you, and so will a tired arm. Sabathia hasn’t done anything this season yet to showcase any glimpses of the CC we used to know. All he has really done is prove that he is nearing the end of his career. The Yankees know it and I think so does he, but reality hasn’t set in just yet. The Tigers may be able to make it sink in tonight. Sabathia has allowed 4 runs in both of his first two starts this season, which brought his ERA to 5.68. If the Yankees are going to win this game it is going to have to come from the offense, which has come to life lately.

But if Alfredo Simon has his way, like he has with other teams he’s faced this year, they won’t be able to get the offense going. Simon came over from the Reds after a pretty good year with them. Proving that it wasn’t just a fluke, Simon has looked great to start 2015. In his last outing he was only 2 hits allowed away from getting a no-hitter. Simon ultimately went on to allow no runs in 8 innings against the Pirates. Along with a 2.02 ERA, he brings a strong WHIP of 0.82 to this matchup against the Yankees tonight. I was part of one of the Tigers’ losses this season. If they lose tonight the Tigers may want to start hoping I don’t pick them again. But I think they will win this one against a CC Sabathia who is running out of gas.

PICK: TIGERS TO WIN -135