Thu, Aug 28, 3:14am by Dominic Ciconte
IN the battle for that coveted wildcard, New York ($2.55 with Centrebet.com.au) must get something from this game to keep in touch with Detroit ($1.56).
The Yankees (68-62) enter this one on Detroit’s home turf three games behind the Tigers (71-59) and will find the going tough against former Cy Young Award winning pitcher David Price.
Fired up fellow Cy Young winner Max Scherzer said of Price’s acquisition last month: “Every single day that we have a game, we have a starter that can go out there and absolutely dominate”.
Price is number one in the major leagues with 221 strikeouts and that spells bad news for the Yankees, even though they’ve found some form, going 7-3 in their last 10 outings.
The Yankees do actually lead the season series 3-2, although they went down to the Tigers 5-2 last outing on the strength of Rick Porcello’s eight inning marathon. The match snapped a five-game winning streak for the Yankees – a streak that breathed new life into their playoff hopes.
“Obviously we’re facing a good team and a good pitcher tomorrow but we’ve got to get it done,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said after the loss.
The Tigers haven’t played very well this month, but they’re on a three-game winning streak now and will look to make it four in a row – and extend the gap in the standings – against rookie Yankees’ pitcher Shane Greene.
But Greene has had some recent success against Detroit, shutting out the Tigers in a 1-0 win earlier this month.
Jacoby Ellsbury banged two big homers against Porcello yesterday, but he will need some support from the Yankees offence if they are going to get over a side that is five games over .500 on its home turf.
Do the Yankees have more to play for? Probably. They’re breathing down the Tigers’ necks, but Detroit is also hunting Kansas City, just 1.5 games ahead of it in the division.
What it all adds up to is a juicy Thursday morning of baseball for Australian fans.
Prediction: Detroit 6-2 (Over 7.5 runs $2 with Centrebet.com)
The Yankees have been good, but we think the Tigers’ offence can get some revenge on the rookie and generate plenty of home run action. Look for Miggy Cabrera and Victor Martinez to get off the leash in this one. Price at -1.5 looks juicy at $2.18 with Centrebet.com
So let’s take the -1.5 on Price at $2.18 and join that with The Baltimore Orioles to get up over Tampa Bay at $1.88.
The Rays’ AL wildcard hopes are shot and that should mean the Orioles can take this one fairly easily – they smacked them 9-1 on Tuesday and rolled to an easy 4-2 win yesterday. A series sweep is on the cards.
Let’s add in The Boston Red Sox-Toronto Blue Jays game to go over 8.5 runs at $1.91. That little old Canadian Diamond is ripe for the home run picking, especially with the Sox sending David Kelly and his 4.26 ERA to the mound – there were 18 runs scored yesterday. Enough said.
And let’s pin the last leg on our man Clayton Kershaw. Hard to go wrong with the LA Dodgers’ superstar on the mound. The Dodgers did it easy against Arizona yesterday and we expect them to make it three from three in the series. Kershaw is arguably the most dominant pitcher in the MLB with a 15-3 record. We’ll back him at -1.5 at $1.80.
Detroit Tigers -1.5 $2.18
Baltimore Orioles win $1.88
Boston Red Sox v Toronto Blue Jays over 8.5 runs $1.91
LA Dodgers -1.5 $1.80
Multi combined odds = $14.09 with Centrebet.com.au
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