After an up-and-down series with the the Chicago White Sox, the Detroit Tigers (10-2) host the New York Yankees (6-6) for a four game set at Comerica Park this week. Detroit is coming off an emotional set of games with the White Sox that included a walk off single by Jose Iglesias and a rough outing for Anibal Sanchez as he gave up nine runs in a 12-3 loss. All drama aside, the Tigers are off to one of their best starts in team history and have some momentum heading into the upcoming games with New York.
Aside from the Sanchez set back over the weekend, the Tigers pitching has been stellar this season. Shane Greene is off to a tremendous start and Joakim Soria has been crushing the closer role filling in for an injured Joe Nathan. All this, plus some hot hitting, has the Tigers at the top of the AL Central Division.
The Yankees have had a more luke warm start to the season in terms of wins and losses. With a record hovering around .500, New York is at the bottom of the AL East Division so far. However, Alex Rodriguez has been impressive from the designated hitter spot. He is in the Top 5 in many offensive catagories including home runs (4) and runs batted in (11). Masahiro Tanaka has also been impressive posting seven shutout innings in a 9-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.
Tigers/Yankees Recent History
Detroit and New York have been a historically even matchup. In 2014, the Tigers went 3-4 against the Yankees and with four of the games decided by a single run. Two of the wins for New York featured Shane Greene as the starting pitcher for the Yankees, but, the tables have turned this year with Greene wearing the Olde English D.
The Yankees hope to get some better production from CC Sabathia in this series. Sabathia is 0-2 so far this season with an ERA of 5.68. The marquee matchup in the series opener Monday will be Sabathia vs. Miguel Cabrera. The Tigers slugger has averaged .345 with 2 homers and 12 RBI against Sabathia over the course of his career. Cabrera is off to an excellent start this year and is putting to rest injury concerns so far by winning Player of the Week in Week 1 of 2015.
Expected Pitching Matchups
Game 1: Alfredo Simon (2-0) 2.03 ERA vs. CC Sabathia (0-2) ERA 5.68
Game 2: Kyle Lobstein (1-0) ERA 5.10 vs. Nathan Eovaldi (0-0) ERA 4.35
Game 3: David Price (1-0) ERA 0.40 vs. Adam Warren (0-1) ERA 4.82
Game 4: Anibal Sanchez (1-2) ERA 7.71 vs. Masahiro Tanaka (2-1) ERA 3.94
Game 1: Monday, April 20 at 7:08 pm; FSD/ESPN, 97.1 The Ticket
Game 2: Tuesday, April 21 at 7:08 pm; FSD+/MLBN, WXYT 1270
Game 3: Wednesday, April 22 at 7:08 pm; FSD, 97.1 The Ticket
Game 4: Thursday, April 23 at 1:08 pm; FSD/MLBN, 97.1 The Ticket