Apple TV+ will host Friday’s matchup between the Detroit Tigers and the New York Yankees with first pitch set for 7: 05 PM E.T at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York. Elvin Rodriquez will get the ball for the Tigers against the Gerrit Cole for the Yankees.
The Tigers have rebounded from a rough start to the season, having won seven of their last nine games. They currently sit at 21-30 on the season and fourth in the AL Central. Their offense has been a big reason behind the early season struggles, batting towards the bottom of the league in most categories, including runs scored with an average of 2.87 per game. Tarik Skubal has been their best pitcher this season with a 2.15 era and 61 strikeouts.
The Yankees are 3-2 in their last five games, including a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels. At 36-15 on the season, the Yankees have the best record in the Al East and the American League. The pitching staff has the best ERA in the league at 2.83. Nestor Cortes has their best pitcher this season, with a 1.50 ERA and 68 strikeouts. Cortes hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any start this year.
Tigers vs. Yankees
Odds, picks & predictions
Point spread: Tigers + 1.5 (+145), Yankees -1.5 (-165)
Run total: 7.5
Moneyline odds: Tigers +260, Yankees -335
Moneyline pick: Yankees -335
The Yankees are the better team here, and while the Tigers have been playing better of late, it will be tough to win this one. The Tigers’ offense has shown signs of life recently, but it’s being carried by Harold Castro, who is 1-9 against Cole in his career. Cole has good numbers against the Tigers at 6-1 with a 2.17 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 10 performances.
Player prop pick: Aaron Judge over 1.5 Hits (+180)
Judge has cooled down a bit after having an insane hot streak in the beginning of May. He’s still hitting .303 on the season and .274 against the Tiger’s lifetime. The right fielder has four multi-hit games against the Tigers in his career, and the way he’s swinging the bat, he can go for another one tonight.
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